UEFA Nations League preview: Romania look to continue recent good form with win over Montenegro

On the same day, World Cup hosts Russia face tough trip to take on Turkey


The UEFA Nations League – European football’s latest international tournament – is set to get underway this week, and this coming Friday (7 September) promises a couple of intriguing encounters to say the least. First up, an in-form Romania side will hope to extend that run against an out of sorts Montenegro, while World Cup hosts Russia face the daunting prospect of a trip to Turkey.

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Romania will be confident of starting their UEFA Nations League campaign with a win when they host Montenegro at the Ilie Oanã Stadium in Ploietsi. Three previous matches between these two countries has rendered a win each a draw, but there is no denying who has looked the stronger side of late.

Montenegro may have won the last match played between the pair – a 1-0 win in a World Cup qualifier back in September of last year – but it is the home side who have enjoyed the better form over recent months. Romania have won seven of their last 10 matches, drawing one and losing just two, and they should extend that run to eight wins from 11 come the end of Friday night – in addition, they have won their last four matches in a row.

Romania are at just 1.83 to take all three points in this one, while Montenegro are out at 6.00 to do the same. A draw is priced in the middle at 3.20 and may well be the visitors’ best chance of leaving this game with something in the bag.

Montenegro have not won a game since their last victory over Romania, meaning they have now gone an entire year without a triumph on the international stage and their last six matches bringing just three draws and three defeats. A comprehensive, 3-0 win for Romania in this game is priced competitively at 13.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$65 pay out, according to the Oddsshark site.

Russia travel to Turkey looking to build on World Cup momentum

Meanwhile, Turkey will hope to record their first ever victory over Russia when the former World Cup hosts are their opening UEFA Nations League opponents on Friday night. Russia however will be riding the wave of their excellent performance at the World Cup earlier this summer, where they were only a penalty shoot-out away from reaching the final four.

And while Turkey did not make it to the World Cup they nevertheless come into this game unbeaten in their last five outings and looking to extend their own momentum. This has the possibility to be the tie of the first round, two in-form teams trading blows.

These two played a friendly back in June, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. The chances of that happening again are priced at 6.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$32.50 pay out.

But it is home side Turkey who come in as the favourites to make a winning start to the European tournament. The Turks are at just 2.30 to take all three points, while you could potentially more than triple your money if you think Russia will record a victory on their travels at 3.25 – a stalemate comes in highest of all at 3.50.

With these two teams so evenly matched – on paper, at least – we could see a hard fought, low scoring game. Under 2.5 goals in the match is priced at just 1.57, although you could more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals at 2.35, while both teams to score is also at 2.00.

With home advantage, however, Turkey really need to try and seize the initiative. You can back them at 4.00 to score in both halves, while they are at 8.00 to win both halves, with Everton forward Cenk Tosun looking like their best bet to break down some stubborn Russian resistance.

The 27 year old is at 2.62 to find the back of the net at any time during the game, while you can back him at 5.50 to score either the first or last goal of the game. Russia’s Artem Dzyuba is at 3.50 to get his name on the score sheet.

UEFA Nations League fixtures:

Friday, 7 September

(2.05) Azerbaijan x Kosovo (3.80); draw (3.20)

(2.20) Albania x Israel (4.00); draw (3.10)

(1.75) Faroe Islands x Malta (6.50); draw (3.30)

(1.75) Italy x Poland (6.00); draw (3.50)

(8.00) Lithuania x Serbia (1.53); draw (4.00)

(1.83) Romania x Montenegro (6.00); draw (3.20)

(2.30) Turkey x Russia (3.50); draw (3.25)

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