In addition, Scotland head to Albania looking for three points while Italy and Portugal meet in key clash
The UEFA Nations League action continues to come thick and fast over the weekend, with three potentially pivotal games to be played this coming Saturday (17 November). Sweden look to get their campaign back on track when they travel to Turkey, while Scotland will be hoping to get one over Albania and, in the biggest match of the day, Italy welcome Portugal.
First things first
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First up, Sweden head to Turkey needing to take all three points if they are to keep their promotion hopes alive. The Swedes are yet to win in the continental competition so far and sit rock bottom with just one point on the board to date.
Turkey already have a win under their belts and can come into this game full of confidence thanks to their excellent recent record against this opponent. The Turks have won all three of the most recent meetings between these two teams, including a 3-2 victory away to Sweden in the UEFA Nations League back in September.
And it is indeed Turkey who come into this match as the favourites to complete the double over Sweden. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to take all three points at 2.30, while Sweden are out at 3.40 to collect their first victory in the tournament – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.00, according to Oddsshark.
A 2-1 win for Turkey is priced at 9.50, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment. You could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.30.
Scotland must take three points in Albania to challenge Israel
Scotland travel to Albania in search of three vital points if they are to challenge Israel at the top of their group. The Tartan Army sit three points behind the group leaders with a game in hand and victory in Albania on Saturday could give their campaign the momentum it needs.
These two sides have only ever met on one previous occasion – back in September, when Scotland ran out comfortable 2-0 winners on home soil. A repeat of that score line on this occasion would do very nicely indeed for the travelling side.
And despite being away from home, it is indeed Scotland who come into this match as the favourites to take all three points. You can more than double your money by backing Scotland to win on the road at 2.40, while Albania are out at 3.40 to pick up their second win in the UEFA Nations League – a draw comes in just under at 3.20.
A narrow, 1-0 win for Scotland is priced at 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$30 pay out. Meanwhile, you could more than triple your investment by backing a combo bet of a Scotland win and a “No” to both teams scoring, which is priced at 3.50.
Italy out to build momentum against Portugal
And finally, Italy are looking to make it two wins in a row in the UEFA Nations League when they host Portugal. The Azzurri have struggled recently, failing to qualify for the World Cup earlier this summer and even the appointment of former Inter boss Roberto Mancini has done little to add any impetus to the team.
Portugal, in stark contrast, have been in excellent recent form, winning their last three games on the bounce across all competitions. That run includes a 1-0 win over Italy back in September in this very competition and they now have the chance to complete the double.
However, it is Italy who come into this match as the favourites to carry on their winning streak. You can more than double your money by backing Italy to take all three points at 2.25, while Portugal are out at 3.60 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.30.
A 2-1 win for the Azzurri is priced at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out. You could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.37, while both teams to score is at 2.00.
UEFA Nations League fixtures:
Saturday, 17 November
(1.40) Serbia x Montenegro (7.50); draw (4.50)
(1.61) Azerbaijan x Faroe Islands (7.00); draw (3.75)
(9.00) Malta x Kosovo (1.50); draw (4.00)
(2.30) Turkey x Sweden (3.40); draw (3.00)
(3.40) Albania x Scotland (2.40); draw (3.20)
(2.25) Italy x Portugal (3.60); draw (3.30)
(1.30) Romania x Lithuania (13.00); draw (5.50)