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Nations League - Football: Friday Betting Preview

10 June 2022 10:53:02 EST
Didier Deschamps seeking change in fortunes

With seven more Nations League games set for Friday, the international action continues apace and two big clashes in Group A particularly stand out.

France and Croatia make poor starts

Before a ball was kicked in this season's Nations League, many were predicting France and Croatia to dominate Group A1 but the two most recent World Cup finalists have so far struggled to assert themselves and Denmark and Austria have taken advantage.

With both the Croats or Les Bleus yet to pick up a victory, it's now paramount they respond or international success in this the newest of tournaments at this level could elude them over the course of the next year.

What: Austria v France

Where:
Ernst-Happel Stadium, Vienna

When:
19:45, Friday 10th June 2022

How to watch:
Premier Sports 1

Odds:
Austria 4.75, France 1.70, Draw 3.80

France, who are the reigning Nations League champions, were beaten 2-1 at home by the Danes before being held 1-1 by Croatia and it's expected they will finally get their act together when they go to Austria on Friday in a 19:45 kick-off.

Deschamps' men struggling

Didier Deschamps' men have looked distinctly below-par in their opening two games with the gruelling club season that's just finished probably taking its toll on some of their big stars.

However, after opting to leave Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris and Karim Benzema all on the bench last time out, with a slight injury concern ruling Kylian Mbappe out completely, Deschamps may well be tempted to recall some of his key men with a victory in Austria very much required.

France are 1.70 to win, with a correct score of 2-0 to the visitors also appealing at much better value at 8.00. Les Bleus have won six of the last eight meetings between the two countries and will want to remind everyone they're very much still a force to be reckoned with against an Austria side who have admittedly looked solid since former Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick was appointed.

Rangnick has overseen a fine 3-0 win in Croatia before they were edged out 2-1 at home by the Danes last time out and even though they are likely to stay competitive in this latest Nations League tie, they may well be meeting a determined France outfit with a point to prove.

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Danes can maintain fine start

What: Denmark v Croatia

Where: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

When: 19:45, Friday 10th June 2022

How to watch: Box Nation

Odds: Denmark 1.72, Croatia 4.50, Draw 3.80

In the other game in Group A1, the Danes appear to be the side to go with at odds of 1.72 to win when they host struggling Croatia in Copenhagen.

With three wins in their last three games and two victories to start their Nations League campaign, Kasper Hjulmand's side are in fine shape and it would be no surprise to see them get the better of Croatia, who have failed to win in two and have only picked up two victories in their last five matches overall.

Eriksen inspiration

The feel-good football story of the year - Christian Eriksen's return to health and top form 12 months on from his cardiac arrest at last summer's Euros - has provided Denmark with a welcome boost and the former Brentford loanee can hurt Croatia in this clash. He is 3.40 to net anytime in the match to add to his impressive tally of 38 international goals for his country.

Add in the quality of Tottenham's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and the likes of Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite and they are a good all-round outfit that can get the better of a clearly flaky Croatia.

Weary Modric

The 2018 World Cup finalists, despite boasting plenty of talent, have looked a pale shadow of their best and have a jaded 36-year-old Luka Modric struggling to shake off the rigours of a gruelling club campaign with Real Madrid.

Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic has looked out of sorts too, and it may be Sime Vrsaljko, Andrej Kramaric and Nikola Vlasic - amongst others - are the players Zlatko Dalic turns to as he looks to get them out of their current rut.

However, getting anything from their trip to the Parken Stadium seems a long shot, especially when you consider the Danes have won their last five games in Copenhagen in all competitions.

Minnows on show elsewhere

The remaining five games have less appeal as they feature relative international minnows in Groups B, C and D. Albania are currently 2.20 favourites to see off 3.50 Israel at home in Group B2, while Slovakia, who are 2.00 to win, should have enough for victory in Azerbaijan in Group C3. The other game in that pool sees 2.50 Belarus host 3.20 Kazakhstan.

Finally, Moldova, who are 3.40 to win, entertain Latvia in Group D1, with the other game in that group being 1.57 Andorra hosting 6.50 Leichtenstein.

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