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2020-21 UEFA Nations League Stream and Odds

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The UEFA Nations League is a two-yearly football competition where the senior men’s national teams of all the member associations of UEFA compete against each other. It initially began in September 2018 after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 4 group winners from League A qualified for the finals, which was played in Portugal in June 2019.

This year, the 2020 UEFA Nations League started on 3rd September, with all the home nations expected to play twice in the following week. After successfully managing an international break of 20 days right between the 2019-20 Champions League Final and the 2020-21 Premier League, the league is all set to commence.

Although this year, the competition is a bit dull as there will be no guaranteed World Cup qualifying spots for the winning teams. But that’s just not it, the top teams from each league will be directly qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals out of which will emerge the top European football team for the season.

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Tournament format

The UEFA Nations League is a two-yearly football competition where the senior men’s national teams of all the member associations of UEFA compete against each other. It initially began in September 2018 after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 4 group winners from League A qualified for the finals, which was played in Portugal in June 2019.

This year, the 2020 UEFA Nations League started on 3rd September, with all the home nations expected to play twice in the following week. After successfully managing an international break of 20 days right between the 2019-20 Champions League Final and the 2020-21 Premier League, the league is all set to commence.

Although this year, the competition is a bit dull as there will be no guaranteed World Cup qualifying spots for the winning teams. But that’s just not it, the top teams from each league will be directly qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals out of which will emerge the top European football team for the season.

Nations League Live Stream

Sky has exclusive broadcasting rights for the Nations League in the UK and offers all the live action directly to its customers on a wide range of options.

In the US, ESPN and Spanish-language channel TUDN are the two options for watching the Nations League live.

To watch the European internationals in Australia, you’ll need to tune in to Optus Sport to watch live coverage of the Nations League.

The UEFA Nations League 2020 is being shown on Sky Sport in New Zealand.

League Schedule

Matchday 1 & 2: 3-5, 6-8 September

Matchday 3 & 4: 10-11, 13-14 October

Matchday 5 & 6: 14-15, 17-18 November

Betting Odds

According to Bet365.com, the betting odd for the top teams to enter the final are as follows:

France – 4.50

Spain – 6.00

England – 6.50

Belgium – 7.00

Italy – 9.00

Germany – 11.00

Netherlands – 13.00

Portugal – 13.00

Poland – 26.00

Croatia – 34.00

When & Where are the games played?

Except for Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and San Marino, all other European teams will play 6 Nations League games over 3 international breaks in consecutive months. And many teams face triple-headers in the month of October and possibly November because of the rescheduled Euro 2020 and friendlies.

Teams of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all have their play-off semi-finals on 8 October. It will be the same day that England will play Wales in a friendly, a game just before a Nations League double-header.

The opening round of fixtures is expected to be played this week and the second two breaks have been moved back by 2 days because of the Euro 2020 play-offs. As for the play-off finals and presumably some more friendlies, all the left games are to take place before the November games.

Games To Watch Out For

Everybody knows that the giants of European football can’t just fit into 4 groups and no doubt, there will be some dramatic meetings between the nations.

For instance, Germany will be playing Spain on September 3, whereas the defending champions – Portugal are to face Croatia on September 6.

The Netherlands are preparing hard to play Italy on September 7, with France hosting Croatia again in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup final on September 8.

Behind Closed Doors?

UEFA has made it clear that no fans will be able to attend the matches in September, despite some of its member countries coming forward to have crowds. Finally the 55 UEFA member associations decided that the first two rounds would be played behind closed doors to ensure hygiene and safety.

Scotland had hoped to kick off theirs at home to Israel on 4 September in front of a limited Hampden crowd. Also the Football Association, English football’s governing body, is making immense progress to play international games with fans in October.

The Changes

The size of the top three tiers has been increased to 16 countries; therefore each group will have 4 teams instead of 3 in most cases and thereby decreased the size of the bottom tier to 7. It ensured that none of the 12 teams relegated in the inaugural tournament – including Germany, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland had to drop divisions.

The 2018 UEFA Nations League offered 4 guaranteed European Championship spots, with the 16 highest finishing teams not to qualify for Euro 2020 progressing to four different play-off pools, which will be played this October and November. Now only two of the 12 European World Cup play-off spots will be available through the Nations League, with just three of those 12 teams qualifying.

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