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Nations League - Football: Saturday Betting Preview

10 June 2022 11:01:31 EST
Roberto Mancini's Italy head to Molineux

England will be out for revenge when they take on Italy in a rematch of last summer's European Championship final on another busy day of Nations League action.

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Cagey encounter expected at Molineux

What: England v Italy

Where: Molineux

When: 19.45, Saturday 11th June

How to watch: Channel 4

Odds: England 1.80, Italy 4.75, Draw 3.50

Eleven months after England and Italy walked out at a rocking Wembley to contest the final of Euro 2020 the two teams meet again - though this time in very different circumstances.

This time it's Nations League A Group 2 points up for grabs and it'll be a near-empty Molineux rather than a packed Wembley which provides the backdrop.

What we know about the first four games played in this section it's that they have been tight, two ending in draws, the other two in one-goal wins.

But Gareth Southgate has made it very clear his agenda is using these games as a World Cup warm-up exercise and given the congested nature of the schedule, he will make plenty of changes from the team which drew 1-1 in Germany.

Roberto Mancini was rewarded for the five changes he made from the 1-1 with Germany with a 2-1 win over Hungary on Tuesday.

But you get a sense that these jaded stars, in reshuffled line-ups, are going to struggle to lay on a feast and under 2.5 goals currently 1.66 looks attractive.

Welsh passion not enough to stifle Belgians

What: Wales v Belgium

Where: Cardiff City Stadium

When: 19.45, Saturday 11th June

How to watch: Premier Sports

Odds: Wales 4.20, Belgium 1.85, Draw 3.60

Wales got what they wanted out of this international break by beating Ukraine to qualify for the World Cup, yet still managed to take Netherlands down to the wire last time out.

That was gutsy yet there's no respite for Rob Page's men as they prepare to welcome Belgium in League A Group 4 action, just days after Martinez's men smashed six past Poland.

Wales can be stronger than they were against the Dutch against whom Gareth Bale made a late appearance off the bench and Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen were omitted altogether. However, they could have keeper issues and Kieffer Moore is definitely out.

Belgium are hard to dislike given the firepower at their disposal though they were battered 4-1 by the Dutch prior to beating the Poles. They don't look watertight.

Both teams have scored in the last three meetings between these countries – that's a 1.83 shot. Belgium and BTTS at 4.00 is worth considering.

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Romanians can get off the mark

What: Romania v Finland

Where: National Arena, Bucharest

When: 19.45, Saturday 11th June

How to watch: Premier Player

Odds: Romania 2.62, Finland 2.70, Draw 3.20

The League B Group 3 table shows Finland setting the pace and Romania bringing up the rear yet Edouard Iordanescu's side are more than capable of getting on the board in Bucharest by beating the Scandinavians.

The Romanians, yet to win in four matches since Iordanescu took office at the turn of the year, are 2.62 to see off the Finns.

There was promise from Romania last year, who were pipped by a Marcus Rashford penalty in England prior to the Euros and then kept six clean sheets in their final seven games of the year.

The only blemish was a 2-1 loss in Germany, which is hardly a disgrace.

Over the last week they bossed possession in Montenegro and lost 2-0 and bossed the shot count in Bosnia and lost 1-0, so back on home soil they are more than capable of prevailing.

For Finland, coach Markku Kanerva needs to decide if Teemu Pukki can start a third straight game in a week.

Romania should be able to make home advantage count while Alexandru Maxim, fresh off a second straight decent goalscoring campaign with Gaziantep in Turkey, a consideration at 4.33 to score anytime.

Visitors can nick battle of the no-hopers

What: Faroe Islands v Lithuania

Where: Torsvollur, Torshavn

When: 17:00, Saturday 11th June

How to watch: Premier Sports 2

Odds: Faroe Islands 2.45, Lithuania 3.20, Draw 3.00

League C Group 1 has quickly been turned into a two-horse race – and Faroe Islands and Lithuania are definitely not those two horses.

It's played two, lost two for this pair who meet in Torshavn with the stakes already on the low side. The form figures are awful - the islanders have lost 11 of their last 15, Lithuania 14 of their last 17 - but the visitors ought to be confident.

Faroe Islands don't have a big pool of players but key men are Brandur Hendrikssen Olsen, Peter Knudsen and top scorer Joan Simun Edmundsson, all of whom are out.

They are also missing right-back Rene Joensen and central midfielder Solvi Vatnhamar, red-carded in their 1-0 home defeat to Luxembourg. Lithuania will struggle to get a better chance than this.

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