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UEFA Nations League: Czech Republic look to make positive start against Ukraine

13:45 IST 04/09/2018
Patrik Schick Czech Republic
And in Cardiff, Wales hope to exact revenge on Ireland for World Cup elimination

The brand new UEFA Nations League is set to kick off this coming Thursday (6 September) as European football’s governing body looks to put some competitive bite back into the international game. And there are already some enticing fixtures to look forward to, with Czech Republic hosting Ukraine and Ireland returning to Wales following their clashes in the recent World Cup qualifiers.

Getting the ball rolling

First things first, head on over to the Oddsshark site, procure your favourite betting agency and sort out your very own account with a username and password. As a new customer and with the UEFA Nations League all set for the big kick off, there should be a wide range of promotions and special offers available to you.

Where should I be investing my money?

First up, Czech Republic will look to make a positive start against Ukraine and kick off League B with three points in the bag. The two teams have enjoyed fairly similar fortunes of late, with both sides having won six of their last 10 outings.

In their last outing, Czech Republic beat Nigeria 1-0, although it should also be mentioned that they were thrashed 4-0 by Australia in the friendly match prior to that. Their recent form has not been consistent – they may have won six of their last 10 games, but they lost the other four with little middle ground.

Ukraine, by way of comparison, are coming into this game on slightly firmer ground. They are unbeaten in all of their last five matches, a run of form which has included wins over Slovakia (2-1), Japan (2-1 and Albania (4-1) – they can face this trip to face the Czech Republic without fear or trepidation.

Nevertheless, it is home side Czech Republic who come into the match as favourites to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League, and you can back them to do so at a price of 2.30. Ukraine are at the slightly higher price of 3.30 to pick up a victory on their travels, while a draw is a little lower at 3.20, according to Oddsshark.

Given their encouraging recent form, Ukraine may well have the belief to go out and take the points. A narrow, 1-0 win for the visitors is priced at 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a pay out of US$37.50.

Wales looking for revenge in clash with Ireland

Meanwhile, there is no respite for Wales and Ireland who do not seem to be able to avoid each other’s company at present. The two met in the qualifying stage for the 2018 World Cup and were involved in a winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff to make it through to the play-offs – a match which Ireland ended up winning 1-0.

As such, Wales will be out for revenge, although goals and technical quality may well be thin on the ground in this one. Five of the last seven matches between these two teams have been decided by a single goal and this could well be a nervy, tight contest.

Under 2.5 goals in this game is priced at just 1.53. Alternatively, you could more than double your money if you think we will be treated to some entertainment and over 2.5 goals in the match.

Regardless of the number of goals and looking solely at the outcome and it is Wales who come into this match as the clear favourites to get their campaign off to a winning start. The home side are at just 1.90 to take the points, with visitors Ireland at the much higher price of 4.50 – a draw is in the middle at 3.10.

And while it is never easy trying to predict the exact score line of a given game, a 2-1 win for Wales is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment. In addition, you could also more than double your money by backing both teams to score at a price of 2.50.

And having made an excellent start to the season for Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is the favourite to get his name on the score sheet. The 28 year old is at 2.10 to net at any time, and at 3.75 to score either the first or the last goal of the game.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s best hope of a goal on Thursday night would appear to come in the shape of Preston North End forward Graham Burke. The 24 year old is out at 5.50 to get his name on the score sheet.

UEFA Nations League fixtures

Thursday, 6 September

(2.55) Kazakhstan v Georgia (2.87); draw (3.10)

(1.18) Armenia x Liechtenstein (15.00); draw (6.50)

(2.30) Czech Republic x Ukraine (3.30); draw (3.10)

(2.50) Germany x France (2.80); draw (2.80)

(21.00) Gibraltar x Macedonia (1.10); draw (9.50)

(1.28) Latvia x Andorra (15.00); draw (4.50)

(1.40) Norway x Cyprus (9.00); draw (4.20)

(2.10) Slovenia x Bulgaria (4.00); draw (3.00)

(1.90) Wales x Ireland (4.50); draw (3.10)