First day of the Nations League and England’s European vice-champions visit Hungary which is a candidate to be the Cinderella of group 3 in which Germany and Italy have also been included. These two nations face off in the first round at Hungary’s home, the Puskas Arena in Budapest. Let’s start with the hosts, who failed to access the World Cup in Qatar having finished fourth in the qualifying round, won by the English selection. The victory at Poland in the last game was useless for Marco Rossi’s men, who were already out of the game in terms of the standings.
This national team, led by the Italian coach, was amazed at Euro 2020 while facing decidedly higher-level teams, and now it will try to repeat itself in this tournament. England had no problems in reaching Qatar, passing the qualifiers unbeaten thanks to goals from Harry Kane and, above all, an excellent defense that only conceded 3 goals. The Southgate team also won the two friendlies in March against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast and now wants to win the Nations League group to take revenge on Italy, with whom they lost in the European home final.
The Hungarians started 2022 with two friendlies, one won against Northern Ireland and one lost against Serbia.
The most recent findings from these tests demonstrate that the defensive efforts of Hungary have been quite strong. The number of goals that have been scored against Hungary in their last six matches is equal to four as a direct consequence of their miserly play.
The English national team has scored a combined total of 26 goals throughout the course of their most recent six matches. Additionally, England has scored at least one goal in each and every single one of those matches. During the course of those matches, their rivals have managed to score twice against them.
Injured and suspended
Hungary: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
England: (Benjamin White)
Hungary vs England Predicted XI
Hungary Predicted XI: Gulacsi, Lang, Orban, Szalai, Nego, Nagy, Nagy, Schafer, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Szalai.
England Predicted XI: Pickford, Trippier, Maguire, Stones, James, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Phil Foden, Sterling, Kane
We got the impression that England have it in them to be able to produce a respectable number of opportunities and shots that are effective in hitting the target.
On the other hand, Hungary may have difficulty getting on the scoreboard, but we do anticipate that they will score here.
Our prediction is that England will win, and the match will end with at least two goals on the final scoreboard. The English, after the defeat in the final at the European Championships with Italy, have no longer lost and are in excellent form.
These two national teams have met before and are well acquainted. The gap between the two teams is huge, which is why we believe, in the end, Southgate’s selection will win against the home team, which prefers a defensive game but will not be able to stop the British super attack.
After yet another bad performance in the Finalissima 2022, the match between the winner of the last European Championship and the winner of the last America’s Cup, won at Wembley Stadium 3-0 by Argentina, Roberto Mancini’s Italy returns to play in the UEFA Nations League by hosting Germany at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna.
Since winning the European Championship last July, the Azzuri team has collected bad performances and foolishness almost everywhere; failing to win the previous edition of the UEFA Nations League played at home; missing the direct qualification for the next World Cup; a 1-0 home defeat by North Macedonia. In fact, Roberto Mancini’s team will not participate in the World Cup for the second time in a row, something never seen before in their history. If nothing else, the last friendly match against Turkey, won 3-2, gave positive sensations, and now the Italian national team must restart with great motivation and focus on young players.
Following that, Italy will play at home against Hungary before going away to face England and Germany themselves. Speaking of the Germans, obviously the “Mannschaft” did not fail to qualify for the World Cup and comes from a series of 9 positive results in a row across all competitions. The team led by coach Hans-Dieter Flick has not taken the field since last March 29, when they drew 1-1 in the Netherlands in a friendly match, whereas in the previous 8 matches they had as many victories.
Against Germany, Italy has played 22 times and the last previous one dates back to a friendly match played at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan on November 15, 2016 when the two teams did not go beyond 0-0. On the other hand, in an official competition, it was a few months earlier, on July 2, the last match that ended in a tie also on that occasion, but 1-1.
In recent matches, Italy has only won a few times without allowing an opponent to score.
In point of fact, Italy’s defense has been broken in 5 of their last 6 matches, and as a result, they have conceded 7 goals in that span of time.
The German defenders have turned in a string of consistent performances, resulting in a total of only three goals conceded in their past six matches combined. This brings their overall goal differential to three.
At the same time, the number of goals that they have scored for themselves throughout this span of time is 22. Putting aside the outcomes of previous matches, at this point, all we can do is wait to see whether this will continue into the next contest.
Injured and suspended
Italy: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Italy vs Germany Predicted XI
Italy Predicted XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bonucci, Emerson, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Berardi, Belotti, Insigne.
Germany Predicted XI: Neuer, Kehrer, Süle, Rüdiger, Raum, Kimmich, Goretzka, Müller, Havertz, Sane, Werner.
For these Nations League challenges, Mancini has also integrated new youngsters such as Gatti, Cancellieri, and Pobega into the squad list, continuing in the direction of the revolution. We expect a balanced match, with neither team wanting to lose this debut match.
According to our analysis, it is possible that both Germany and Italy may come out on top in this contest, which seems like it will be quite close throughout.
Because of this, we think it will be a very close game that ends in a 1-1 tie.
The last European national team to qualify for the next World Cup is designated at the Cardiff City Stadium. Robert Page’s Wales and Ukraine, led by coach Oleksandr Petrakov, will compete. The playoff was postponed from March to June due to the well-known and sad events of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and for the same reason, Ukraine had to play the previous playoff match last Wednesday, winning in Scotland against a 3-1 prediction.
In March, Wales had instead eliminated Austria by winning 2-1 at home, and after that game they drew 1-1 in a friendly at home to the Czech Republic, before going on to lose 2-1 to Poland on their debut in the new edition of the UEFA Nations League. It will be the third head-to-head between these two teams, who last met on March 28th, 2016 in a friendly against Ukraine, who won 1-0 at home.
After suffering a defeat in their last Nations League match against Poland by a score of 2-1, Wales will be hoping for a stronger showing in this contest.
During the game, Wales had 45% of the possession and 14 shots on goal, with just 2 of them finding the back of the net. Jonny Williams was the lone player to score for Wales, and his goal came in the 52nd minute. On the opposite side of the field, Poland had 15 shots on goal, with just three of them hitting the target.
In the most recent games, Wales have not been able to keep a clean sheet too frequently. They should be concerned by the fact that Wales’ defense has been broken in 5 of their last 6 games, resulting in a total of 6 goals being conceded over that span.
Following their victory against Scotland in their most recent World Cup Qualifications-Europe contest, Ukraine will enter this match with a winning record of 1-3.
Ukraine controlled the ball for 59% of the game and had 14 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the back of the net. Andriy Yarmolenko (in the 33rd minute), Roman Yaremchuk (in the 49th minute), and Artem Dovbyk (in the 95th minute) all scored for Ukraine. Their competitors from Scotland had 14 shots on goal, with 4 of them landing in the target area. Scotland’s goal was scored by Callum McGregor in the 79th minute.
If we take a look at Ukraine’s recent record, we can see that they have conceded goals in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving their opponents a total of 5 opportunities to score. In the background, Ukraine has had its weaknesses brought to light.
Injured and suspended
Wales: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Ukraine: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Wales vs Ukraine Predicted XI
Wales Predicted XI: Ward, Davies, Rodon, Ampadu; C Roberts, N Williams, Allen, Ramsey, James, Wilson, Bale.
Ukraine Predicted XI: Bushchan, Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko, Stepanenko, Zinchenko, Malinovskyi, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Tsygankov
We aimed for goals in the Cardiff City Stadium challenge. Wales will have the home factor on their side against a Ukraine that will take the field with a lot of determination, also driven by the extra football events that are tearing the country apart.
In a match that should be a close battle with not much separating the two sides, our prediction is that Ukraine and Wales will both find the back of the net at some point.
Let’s see how this one plays out, but it appears like we could end up with a tie. Because of this, our prediction for the final score of this match is for it to conclude in a 1-1 tie.
In Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League, led after the first day by the Czech Republic, Portugal and Switzerland meet at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. The Portuguese of Fernando Santos, who, only in extremis last March 29, had detached the ticket for the final of the World Cup by beating Northern Macedona in the decisive play-off, made their debut in this new edition of the UEFA Nations League by finding a precious equalizer for 1-1 against Spain in Seville thanks to Ricardo Horta’s goal in the final.
Murat Yakin’s Switzerland, who instead earned the World Cup by winning their qualifying round at the expense of Italy, collected a 2-1 against the aforementioned Czech Republic, and after the momentary equalizer of Noah Okafor, it was Djibril Sow to put the Czech winning goal in his own goal.
After a 1-1 draw against Spain in the last round of the Nations League, Portugal comes into this matchup with a level head.
Portugal had 39 percent of the possession and seven shots on goal, two of which were successful. Ricardo Horta was the lone player on the Portugal team to score (in the 82nd minute). On the opposite end of the field, Spain had 11 shots on goal, with just two of them actually hitting the target. Alvaro Morata scored the goal for Spain in the 25th minute.
The Portugal defense has been putting in a tremendous amount of work, as seen by their more recent scorelines, which underline this fact. The number of goals that have been scored against Portugal while they have been playing in their previous six games is only four, demonstrating how resolutely they have defended their goal.
The Swiss team and their fans who traveled with them will be hoping for a better outcome in this match after suffering a defeat in their most recent Nations League match, which was played against the Czech Republic.
During the match, Switzerland had control of the ball for 62% of the time and had 15 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the target. Noah Okafor scored the first goal for Switzerland in the 44th minute, and Djibril Sow scored an own goal in the 58th minute. The Czech Republic had eight shots on goal, three of which were on target. The Czech Republic’s goal was scored by Jan Kuchta in the eleventh minute.
Switzerland has scored 12 goals for itself during the course of their most recent six matches, bringing their total for the period to 18. In each and every one of those matches, Switzerland has also managed to find the back of the net. During that time, their defenders have seen six goals scored against them by the other team.
Injured and suspended
Portugal: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Switzerland: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Portugal vs Switzerland Predicted XI
Portugal Predicted XI: Patricio, Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo, Guerreiro, Fernandes, Moutinho, Bernardo, Otavio, Ronaldo, Jota.
Switzerland Predicted XI: Sommer, Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Steffen, Shaqiri, Vargas, Embolo.
Portugal plays at home, and the odds of a Lusitanian victory are favorable. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates can take advantage of the home factor to try to extend the standings in this competition, which they won in the first edition.
When they face Switzerland, who will have a difficult time scoring goals, we believe that Portugal has it in them to obtain the goals that they need for this match. Switzerland will have a difficult time scoring goals.
So, we think Portugal will win this game with an easy 2-0 score.
Having leapt to the top of the UEFA Nations League Group A2 thanks to a 2-1 victory over Switzerland in the first meeting, the Czech Republic of coach Jaroslav Silhavy welcomes Spain on the second day of the group. The Czechs prevailed over the Swiss thanks to Jan Kuchta’s opening goal and an own goal. They face Spain for the sixth time in their history, a national team that they have never managed to beat in the past.
Luis Enrique’s Red Furies are unbeaten in 5 straight matches in all competitions, but after 4 consecutive victories, they stopped on par in Seville against Portugal on the first day of the tournament. The goal of the momentary Spanish advantage was signed by the Juventus player Alvaro Morata.
Czech Republic DDWWLD
Following their victory against Switzerland in the Nations League, the Czech Republic are looking to add another victory to their resume.
During the game, the Czech Republic had 38 percent of possession and had 8 shots on goal, with 3 of them finding the back of the net. Jan Kuchta was the only player from the Czech Republic to get a point on the scorecard (11′). The Swiss offense managed to fire off 15 shots on goal, but only 7 of them were on target. Noah Okafor scored for Switzerland in the 44th minute, and Djibril Sow scored an own goal in the 58th minute.
There were fewer than three goals scored in each of the Czech Republic’s past matches. In terms of the goal differential, their competitors scored a total of five goals, while the Czech Republic scored eight goals for themselves.
Spain’s most recent encounter, which was against Portugal in the Nations League, ended in a 1-1 draw.
During the game, Spain had 61 percent of possession and 11 shots on goal, but only two of them were successful. Morata was the lone player on the Spanish team to score (in the 25th minute).
Spain’s offense has been on fire of late, scoring 11 goals in their previous six matches combined. Additionally, Spain has scored in each and every single one of those matches in which they have participated. During this time frame, they have conceded three goals to their opponents.
Injured and suspended
Czech Republic: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Spain: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Czech Republic vs Spain Predicted XI
Czech Republic Predicted XI: Vaclik, Krejci, Zima, Brabec; Coufal, Soucek, Sadilek, Zeleny, Jankto, Kuchta, Hlozek.
Spain Predicted XI: Simon, Carvajal, D. Llorente, P. Torres, Alba, Gavi, Rodri, Koke, F. Torres, Morata, Sarabia
The Czech Republic beat Switzerland in their first game, which was a big deal. However, Spain is a very different team, and after drawing with Portugal in their first game, we expect them to keep their winning streak going against the Czechs at the Sinobo Stadium in Prague.
According to our analysis, the Czech Republic should be considered a favorite to score against this Spain squad, but we do not believe that a single goal will be the most that Spain will give up.
Our prediction is that this match will be a close one, but Spain will emerge victorious with a score of 1-2 at the conclusion of the 90 minutes.