UEFA Nations League preview: previous and current World Cup winners, Germany and France, to meet in mouth-watering clash

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The new contest has been designed to improve the standard of international football in Europe


The newly constructed UEFA Nations League is set to kick off this coming Thursday (6 September) with a huge match between Germany and France. The match pits the newly crowned world champions (France) against the previous holders, Germany, in the pick of the competition’s opening games.

First things first

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Where can I win money in this tie?

With the idea that friendly matches are no longer providing adequate competition for European nations, this competition has been borne to try and address the issue. With regular competitive football it is hoped that interest among fans will also begin to increase, having been on a steady decline over the last two decades or so.

This new format will include a promotion and relegation format – just like domestic club football – and the 55 UEFA nations have been separated into four different leagues, according to their ranking positions. League A includes the top sides, with League D including the lowest ranked sides sin the continent.

World Cup winners France travel to Germany in what should be a close fought contest. The Germans – and then-world champions – were eliminated from the World Cup in Russia at the group stage, bringing their title defence to a premature end.

Coach Joachim Low has been given another crack of the whip, and will look to hit the ground running. His task will not be easy, however – these are two of the most successful countries in the history of international football.

Looking at the most simple bet you can make based on the outcome of the match, it is home side Germany who come in as slight favourites. The former world champions are at 2.50 to beat the current world champions in front of their own fans, according to the Oddsshark site.

However, you could come close to tripling your money if you back France to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League , at a price of 2.80. A draw would look to be the most unlikely result, at 3.30.

The last competitive meeting between these two came at the semi-final stage of the European Championships back in 2016. On that occasion, France prevailed with a comfortable 2-0 win (France hosted the tournament) and, while it is never easy to predict the exact score line of any given game, the same result here is priced competitively at 13.00.

That means that a successful bet would offer more than a ten-fold return on any investment. For example, a US$5 bet would lead to a US$65 pay out.

Meanwhile, the last friendly meeting between Germany and France was less than a year ago, in November 2017 as both sides started their preparations for the World Cup. That match ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw, a result which is also priced highly at 13.00 on this occasion, and given that this is a competitive fixture it may well be a tighter affair.

France however will take heart from the fact that they are undefeated in their last four matches away to Germany. The Blues have won three and drawn one and may well fancy their chances of inflicting more pain on Joachim Low and his players.

You could more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.05, while under 2.5 goals is at the slightly lower price of 1.75. Both teams to score is at 1.72, while you could double your money by backing “No” to that particular outcome at 2.00.

And given their success this past summer at the World Cup in Russia, and the pressure on Germany to restart their project, it may well be worth backing France in this UEFA Nations League opener. As ever, of course, keep in mind the golden rule of sports betting – the more specific your bets, the higher those potential rewards.

You can back France to win from behind at a price of 11.00, again offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment. You can also back the world champions to win either half at just 1.90, while they are at 4.00 to score in both halves.

UEFA Nations League fixtures

Thursday, 6 September

(2.45) Kazakhstan v Georgia (3.00); draw (3.10)

(2.20) Czech Republic x Ukraine (3.40); draw (3.20)

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

(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)

(2.10) Wales x Ireland (3.75); draw (3.10)