Nations League Betting: Spain still favourites after huge win over Croatia
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The opening round of UEFA's new international tournament is in the books, with La Roja the shortest price to claim the crown in the maiden edition

Spain firmly put a disappointing World Cup behind them to record back-to-back Nations League victories and retain their place as tournament favourites.

Luis Enrique’s outfit were initially 10/3 (4.33) market leaders and claimed a 2-1 win over England at Wembley before thrashing Croatia 6-0 on Tuesday night to go a long way in sealing their place in the finals after just two games.

It is little surprise, then, that bet365 make the Euro 2012 champions just 11/4 (3.75) to win the competition next June when each group winner in League A takes part in a knockout tournament to determine the overall champions.

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World Champions France will surely be pleased with their start to the Nations League, too, and are 7/2 (4.50) to add to their trophy collection after claiming the Jules Rimet for the second time this summer.

Indeed, Les Bleus drew 0-0 in Germany before recording a 2-1 victory over Netherlands in what is arguably the ‘Group of Death’ to give themselves an excellent chance of at least reaching the finals.

Belgium’s 3-0 win in Iceland on Tuesday night gave them a solid foundation for more difficult matches against Switzerland and the Red Devils are 4/1 (5.0) to win a first major trophy.

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Germany will be hoping to bounce back from a dreadful World Cup and are 13/2 (7.50) in the outright market, but difficult trips to Amsterdam and Paris await them in October and they are perhaps a little short.

European champions Portugal opened their Nations League account with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Italy but are still out at 12/1 (13.0) to assert themselves as continental specialists, which could represent a solid value bet.

Fernando Santos' men do face a trip to Poland, as well as an away fixture against the Azzurri, but should still be able to top the group after those sides drew 1-1 in Bologna in the opening match.

England have lots of work to do if they are to win the tournament so it is no surprise they are 16/1 (17.0) with bet365, whilst their World Cup conquerors Croatia are out at 28/1 (29.0) after that humbling by the favourites.

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