AFTER a few quiet days we now start a run of Nations League games.
The inaugural tournament last year was much maligned but soon grew on punters as they were better than the friendlies they replaced and gave some teams a much better chance of reaching the Euro finals. Countries such as Scotland.
This time there is the huge carrot of a World Cup qualifying play-off place with three from 12 sides going through to the finals.
There are 10 games on Thursday at different tiers including Germany vs Spain, Bulgaria vs Ireland and Finland vs Wales.
At first glance I fancied Germany, Ireland and Russia at home to Serbia but as kick-off approaches I have doubts about almost all games due to lack of activity and weakened squads.
It's a big night for Irish boss Stephen Kenny in his first game in charge and he'll at least want to avoid defeat having named an experienced group that looks set up to keep the home side contained.
Germany are missing keeper Manuel Neuer and the Bayern Munich players who won the Champions League as well as stars from Leipzig. They still have plenty of quality and pace though and young Kai Havertz could get a start.
Scott Allot has had a go at predicting this one so check out his Germany vs Spain match preview.
Teemu Pukki will play for Finland instead of Norwich in the EFL Cup and he will be up against a Wales side without the likes of Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks and boasting Gareth Bale who isn't match fit after playing just one game for Real Madrid after the season restarted.
Kosovo impressed last season and you'd expect them to win away to Moldova and looking at the minnows you have to fancy Latvia at home to Andorra and the Faroes at home to Malta.
I'm backing the Faroes on a treble with Germany not to lose and Ireland draw no bet. It's not exhilarating but has a chance on a night where games are likely to be tight and there could be a couple of surprise results.
Well done to any winners on Wednesday and let's hear everyone's thoughts on Lionel Messi's potential move to Man City although there are reports coming from Spain that suggest he might be staying after all.
- Germany not to lose
- Ireland draw no bet
- Faroe Islands
- (14-5, bet365)