A NEW qualifying system for the 2020 Euros, the UEFA Nations League, adds yet another headache for league football managers throughout Europe who are already trying to juggle various domestic considerations as well as the Europa and Champions League.

In theory it should mean some of the usual dreary midweek fare is put on hold while we watch yet more exciting international footie in the wake of an entertaining World Cup. It also throws up several decent betting opportunities.

There are two markets up across the whole competition that offer some value – top scorer and outright winner. I may be accused of being unpatriotic but I can't back an England side that has Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw in it despite England flattering to device at the World Cup. We must remember who they actually played against and the amount of open goals Sterling failed to put the ball into.

I think there are a few years yet before they are a decent betting medium and show consistency. The blueprint is there however and I think Southgate is a man with a plan.

Despite this one constant you can set your watch by with regards to the national team is Mr H Kane. For as long as England survive he will be after goals .Kane at 16/1 in the top-scorer market, that's a good eachway bet to 3 places. Lets face it any goals England do manage to score will most likely involve him at the end of them.

Leroy Sane is 50/1 in the same market and is another I'm backing each way. I have no idea what the poor lad's done but Guardiola and Low clearly have had their doubts and he hasn't seen as much international or domestic action as he would like. This is a chance for him to silence his critics and have a crack at European stardom.

As for an outright winner Germany will be keen to re assert themselves a European force after a disastrous World Cup. Sane is back in the squad and they have an exciting prospect in Werner. One of the standouts in the World Cup for me was young Julian Brandt, he was superb every time he came on.

He is one of the most German looking Germans I have ever seen with incredible pace. His crossing and attempts at goal are also worth going back and re-watching. The Deutschlanders are a wee bit skinnier than I would like at 11/2 but it's a confident each-way bet to nothing at worst.

Italy at 12/1 are next on my list of antepost outright wagers. They didn't get chance to shine in on the global stage this time around but the quality is there and they are another team who will be keen to show Europe they are a world-class side. Defensively they are one of the tightest squads on the circuit and if they stick with playing three up front, have several solid strikers to choose from. Pietro Pellegri is another future star in the making and the youngster will be itching to shine for Azzurri.

Recommend Bets

  • Top goal scorer Harry kane e/w @ 16/1 Betfair Sports book
  • Top goal scorer Leroy Sane e/w @ 50/1 Betfair Sports book
  • Outright winner Germany e/w @ 11/2 William Hill
  • Outright winner Italy e/w @ 12/1 Skybet
6 Comments
  1. maccathered 1 month ago

    It will probably be the first and last time this competition is ever played,another needless competition for the players to get their heads round as they try and muster through bust domestic schedules.It will become another check a trade competiton where second string players play.Raheem Sterling has already pulled out and i can imagine more will follow suit as clubs look to keep there players fit.

    • Mr Fixit 1 month ago

      It’s rubbish for the big nations but for Scotland gives them a better chance to qualify for the Euros.

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    wolber 1 month ago

    I agree that this is a stupid competition and puts a lot of pressure on an already hectic top flight schedule. I heard this morning that Raheem sterling pulled out due to a bad back weather this is a real or imagined ailment I don’t know but its good for Raheem as he suffered dogs abuse during the world cup .
    As for Scotland, thanks for the reminder. They are 13/8 to win group C with Albania and Israel to beat. Even if they were 10/1 I still couldn’t back them

    • Mr Fixit 1 month ago

      I’m not backing us either – opener against Albania won’t be easy.

      • Mr Fixit 1 month ago

        This story is running on Beeb – worth keeping an eye on.
        “Denmark are set to pick a side including futsal players against Wales in the Nations League on 9 September.
        “Senior Danish players have refused to sign a new national team agreement with the Danish Football Association (DBU) in a dispute over commercial rights.
        “The DBU had hoped to select Danish lower league players for a friendly with Slovakia and then against Wales.
        “But Danish Superliga and First Division clubs have not made players available, sparking the call to futsal players.”

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    wolber 1 month ago

    Uefa really havnt thought this new competition through have they …

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