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Betting: Can Belgium beat France to the first Nations League crown?

1:02 PM WAT 13/11/2018
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While the world champions are favourites, Al Hain-Cole thinks a Red Devils side with one foot already in the knockout stages may offer good value

Crowned world champions in 2018, France are well on course to win the first UEFA Nations League titles next summer.

Les Bleus need just a point from their final match against the Netherlands to secure a place in the knockout stages, and are current 5/2 (3.50) favourites with bet365 to go all the way.

Victory for the Dutch in Amsterdam would actually see them go into their additional game against an already eliminated Germany with the chance to pip Didier Deschamps’ men to top spot, although they are priced at a lengthy 33/1 (34.00) to pull that off and collect their first major silverware since Euro 88.

Despite their shock 3-2 defeat at home to England last time out, Spain remain France’s closest competitors at 3/1 (4.00) to lift the trophy.

Gareth Southgate’s team are available at 10/1 (11.00) to leapfrog La Roja into first place, although they need a favour from a Croatia team that is still a 66/1 (67.00) long shot to overcome both England and Spain before completing an impressive renaissance with victory in the final.

However, Belgium’s passage to glory is far more straightforward after opening the tournament with two wins from two, placing them level on points with Switzerland at the top of Group A2 having played one game less.

Victory at home to pointless Iceland would allow them to progress to the knockout stages by merely avoiding defeat in 40/1 (41.00) Switzerland, when the price on their multi-talented squad winning the competition would shrink significantly below the generous 7/2 (4.50) currently on offer.
 
Similarly, Portugal need just a single point away in 40/1 (41.00) Italy to qualify for the next round with a match to spare, meaning odds of 6/1 (7.00) could prove a smart outside bet despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued international absence.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Belgium to win the UEFA Nations League for a 1.5pt stake at 7/2 (4.50) with bet365