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UEFA Nations League betting tips and predictions for the home nations

This week sees the return of the new UEFA Nations League competition, so Best Free Bet Scout provides betting tips and predictions for the pick of the home nations’ second round fixtures, to help you decide the best bets to place.

All the home nations are involved in the second round of Nations League games to be played over six consecutive nights, starting on Thursday 11 October.

Israel v Scotland

League C, Group 1

Date: Thursday 11 October

Kick-off: 7:45pm (BST)

Where to watch live on TV in the UK: Sky Sports Main Event

Venue: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel

Israel lost their last game, a friendly against home nation Northern Ireland, by a large margin.  They have failed to score at home in three of their last four home games, whilst the visitors have scored 10 goals on their travels to their five away World Cup qualifiers.

After an impressive result at home to Albania last time round, Scotland will be full of confidence and they’ll certainly have their eyes on topping the group and securing promotion to League B.

Best Free Bet Scout’s score prediction: 0-2 (Get 23/2 odds on this bet with Bwin)

Croatia v England

League A, Group 4

Date: Friday 12 October

Kick-off: 7:45pm (BST)

Where to watch live on TV in the UK: Sky Sports Main Event

Venue: Stadion HNK, Rijeka, Croatia

In a re-run of their World Cup semi-final clash, England will be out for revenge after a painful defeat in a game they were well on top of.

England have struggled for form even since crashing out of the World Cup in that game against Croatia.  Both sides lost their opening games in Group 4A, so are fighting it out from joint bottom of the group.

Since the World Cup, both sides have met and lost to Spain.  Croatia took a whopping 6-0 defeat in their first game since losing to France in the World Cup final.  England lost to Spain in their first Nations League tie, which proved to be a stern reality check after the comedown of a successful World Cup run.

England are still waiting for a competitive win against one of the big sides, and travelling to Croatia will be a chance to not only break that duck, but also get back some of that lost confidence.

Best Free Bet Scout’s score prediction: 1-1 (Get 9/2 odds on this bet with Novibet)

Austria v Northern Ireland

League B, Group 3

Date: Friday 12 October

Kick-off: 7:45pm (BST)

Where to watch live on TV in the UK: Sky Sports Football

Venue: Ernst Happel Stadion, Leopoldstadt, Austria

Both teams are looking to turn around their form and improve their odds of competing for the top spot in group B3.  Both lost their opening games to group leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina in the opening week of the Nations League.

After failing to reach last summer’s World Cup, Austria have gone on to win 8 of their last 10 games, and will be desperate to qualify for Euro 2020.

Despite dominating their opening Nations League tie at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland failed to take their chances, and defensive errors cost them the points.  A mistake between keeper Peacock-Farrell and defender Craig Cathcart lead to Elvis Saric putting away the winner into an empty net.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill will be disappointed by the news that Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty ruled himself out of both Northern Ireland’s Nations League fixtures this week.

Austria go in to this tie with the better form, and having scored 9 goals in their last 10 games, it’s likely we’ll see both sides scoring considering Northern Ireland’s need to go out and attack.

Best Free Bet Scout’s score prediction: 2-1 (Get 15/2 odds on this bet with Novibet)

Republic of Ireland v Wales

League B, Group 4

Date: Tuesday 16 October

Kick-off: 7:45pm (BST)

Where to watch live on TV in the UK: S4C (Wales only) / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

Wales kicked off their Nations League opening fixture with an impressive result against Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, winning 4-1 and never looking under threat.

Wales failed to continue that form in their following fixture however, struggling to get a grip on the game away to Denmark, and ended up 2-0 losers.

With star man Gareth Bale only being given a ’50-50′ chance to face Ireland following a muscle injury picked up whilst playing for Real Madrid last week, we could see a low scoring game.  However young striker Harry Wilson will be looking to take his opportunity it given the chance.

Best Free Bet Scout’s score prediction: 0-0


* All odds correct as of 21:00 on Wed 10 October.