The second edition of the Nations League comes to a close on Sunday. Luis Enrique's Spain and Didier Deschamp's France face off in what is set to be a thrilling contest at the San Siro. Spain defeated the hosts Italy 1-2 on Wednesday while France completed a terrific comeback from two goals down to knock out Belgium 3-2 with a 90th minute Theo Hernandez goal the following day.
If we look at the UEFA Nations League statistics, we can see both matches had more than the average 2.29 goals per game at the tournament so far. Bonucci's red card for the Italians was the 37th of the tournament and the average is a red card every 0.23 games, in other words, one in every four and a bit matches. It is also interesting to note that the majority of goals have come in the 15 minutes before half-time, something worth looking at if you decide to have a bet at the weekend.
In betting, experience is key and so why don't you have a look at the correct scoreline predictions for today? There are plenty of matches such as World Cup qualfiers and even games from smaller competitions such as the Welsh Championship, Italy's Serie C and the Slovenian second tier. You can look at the predicted scorelines and also look at important stats such as win percentage, goals scored and conceded and much more. Studying the form and gaining experience will increase your chances of winning especially in a game as difficult to call as Spain versus France.
Luis Enrique surprised many by calling up 17 year-old Gavi Paez after the midfielder had just played a handful of games for Barcelona, but the footballer justified Luis Enrique's decision with a terrific performance in the semi-final. In fact, after the first 10 minutes of the contest, Spain took charge of the contest and the victory was fully deserved. Mikel Oyarzabal and Ferran Torres linked up brilliantly for both of Spain's goals with the former getting the assists and the Man City player scoring on both occasions. France will have to keep an eye on them in the final.
Gavi Paez is not the only young player Luis Enrique has taken to Italy. Tottenham's Bryan Gil and 18 year-old Yeremie Pino from Villarreal both came off the bench in the contest showing that Luis Enrique believes that if you are good enough, you are old enough. Three of the back four on Wednesday ply their trade in the Premier League and the experienced head of captain Sergio Busquets means Spain are capable of going all the way.
For France, the road was far more complicated. The French found themselves 2-0 down at half-time and looked set to be on the way out, but Deschamps' men fought back in the last half an hour. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, who cannot keep out of the goals again this season, pulled one back, Kylian Mbappe scored a VAR penalty and then Theo Hernandez got a last gasp winner seconds after Belgium had their third goal chalked off by the VAR. It will be interesting to see whether having one less day's rest than their opponents affects them.
'Les Bleus' possess plenty of individual quality in Paul Pogba, Mbappe, Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Man Utd's Raphael Varane and look the stronger team on paper. However, France can be very inconsistent and they have often disappointed when they have been expected to win. This was the case in Euro 2020 when they threw away a two goal lead versus Switzerland late on before losing on penalties. If the big guns fire then the side captained by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should be too strong for Spain, but anything can happen in 90 minutes.
You can also look at the teams and players from all four teams in the tournament to help you make a judgement as to who is the best team. Italy and Belgium also meet in the third place play-off earlier in the day and we hope you enjoy both Nations League matches. That said, please bet responsibly!
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