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UEFA Nations League Preview: Czech Republic Kick Off Campaign At Home To Ukraine

Meanwhile, Wales looking to exert revenge over Ireland for missed World Cup spot

The newest competition in international football, the UEFA Nations League, is set to get underway this coming Thursday evening (6 September) with some mouth watering ties. While Czech Republic welcome Ukraine, there is the fierce tie between Wales and Ireland, who met only a few months ago in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

First things first

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Where should I be investing my money?

A good place to start would be the encounter between Czech Republic and Ukraine, with both starts looking to start their League B campaigns with a victory. The last meeting between these two teams ended in a goalless draw back in 2012, although the year before Czech Republic thrashed their next opponents 4-0 in another friendly – this will be their first ever competitive meeting.

As such, the Czechs will hope to make a flying start against a team which has never so much as scored a goal against them, never mind beaten them. In addition, the Czechs’ recent home form has been excellent, with the team having lost just one of their last eight matches when playing in front of their own fans.

Czech Republic have decided to play this game at the Mestsky Stadium in UherskeHradiste, a stadium which holds fewer than 10,000 supporters. It is likely to make for an intimidating atmosphere for the visitors.

And it is the home side which come into this match as the red hot favourites to make a winning start to the UEFA Nations League. The Czech Republic are at 2.30 to take the points, with Ukraine at 3.30 to record their first ever win over the Czechs, according to the Oddsshark site.

This should be a win for the hosts, however, with a comfortable, 2-0 win for Czech Republic priced competitively at 9.50, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment. You can also back the Czechs to score in both halves at 4.33, giving you the chance to more than quadruple your money.

Wales hoping to exact revenge on Ireland

New Wales boss Ryan Giggs takes charge of his first competitive game in the hot seat this Thursday evening and it is sure to be a feisty one. The Welsh welcome Ireland back to their shores after the two sides met in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

Chris Coleman left his job as Wales boss following defeat to Ireland which saw the Welsh fail to even make the play-offs. And the new man will look to get off to a winning start as well as take revenge on the country which cost them a place in Russia this past summer.

And with the likes of Gareth Bale and an in-form Aaron Ramsey at his disposal, Giggs should be positive about getting his international managerial career off to a positive start. The likes of Joe Ledley and Joe Allen are creative forces in the middle of the park and the Welsh should fancy their chances in this clash.

By way of comparison, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is likely to go with a more pragmatic approach. He simply does not have the kind of personnel to choose from that his counterpart enjoys, and the likelihood is that Ireland will try and close down the game and hit on the counter attack.

Ireland of course failed to make it to the World cup in the end. In the play-offs, a 5-1 loss at home to Denmark did for their chances and it remains to be seen whether they have recovered psychologically from such a brutal blow.

And it is home side Wales who come into this game as the clear favourites to take the points. Giggs’ men are at just 1.90 to pick up the win, with Ireland all the way out at 4.50 to repeat their earlier victory.

And with Gareth Bale in excellent form it is hard to look beyond Wales for this one. A solid 2-0 win for the Welsh is priced at 7.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$35 pay out, and Bale is at just 2.10 to find the back of the net.

UEFA Nations League fixtures

Thursday, 6 September

(2.55) Kazakhstan v Georgia (2.87); draw (3.10)

(1.18) Armenia x Liechtenstein (15.00); draw (6.50)

(2.30) Czech Republic x Ukraine (3.30); draw (3.10)

(2.50) Germany x France (2.80); draw (2.80)

(21.00) Gibraltar x Macedonia (1.10); draw (9.50)

(1.28) Latvia x Andorra (15.00); draw (4.50)

(1.40) Norway x Cyprus (9.00); draw (4.20)

(2.10) Slovenia x Bulgaria (4.00); draw (3.00)

(1.90) Wales x Ireland (4.50); draw (3.10)

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