England to overcome Spain? Italy to beat Poland in UEFA Nations League?
England enjoyed a fantastic World Cup and Gareth Southgate's fearless Three Lions will be hoping to make a triumphant return to Wembley when they face Spain in their first ever UEFA Nations League encounter this weekend.
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England and Spain have enjoyed some memorable battles down the years, and the Three Lions have a decent head-to-head record against La Roja. From 25 meetings England have won 13, Spain nine and there have been three draws. It's a new era for the Spanish of course, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique now in charge following Julen Lopetegui's controversial sacking just days before the World Cup. In truth though Spain have looked a team in transition since as far back as 2014 and preference here is for England to claim a positive result. Unlike Enrique, Gareth Southgate knows his strongest team and, with Golden Boot winner Harry Kane leading the line, England look a solid shout in the 'Draw No Bet' market at 5/6.
The Tasty Treble
Italy look backable at 8/11 to see off Poland in Bologna on Friday evening. The Poles were poor at the recent World Cup, and may struggle against an Italian side out to prove a point after missing their first World Cup finals since 1958 earlier this summer. The Azzurri have options in attack with Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile, Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti are battling to lead the line. It's a surprise to see Bosnia as big as 17/10 to beat Northern Ireland in their opening Nations League encounter on Saturday. The Bosnians only missed out on Russia 2018 by a whisker (two draws against Greece ultimately costing them) but they look good things to get the win at Windsor Park. Adding Switzerland to beat Iceland at 8/11 offers a treble with bet365 paying just over 7/1.
Selection: £2 on the treble at 7.05/1 with bet365.
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The First Goal Flutter
There's a good chance Insigne will start for Italy against Poland and if he does he looks big at 13/2 to score first in Bologna. The Napoli star may be small in stature but is a footballer of immense quality who has frightening pace and an eye for goal.
The Euro Wager
Northern Ireland face a baptism of fire as they begin their Nations League odyssey this weekend against Bosnia & Herzegovina. The main man for Bosnia is Edin Dzeko, who has scored 52 goals in 89 appearances for his country. There is quality elsewhere too though with the likes of Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic. They just look a class above Northern Ireland at present and with this in mind Bosnia to win to nil looks tempting at 11/4.
The Wildcard Tip
Kieran Trippier has already proven he is a genuine goal threat from free kicks for England, so there might be some mileage in punting the 8/1 with bet365 that he 'scores anytime' at Wembley. The man who may just be the best English dead ball deliverer since David Beckham is bound to get a few opportunities to showcase his skills against the Spanish, and 8/1 looks big.