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Nations League, Matchday 2, September 10-11. Preview, odds

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Portugal vs Italy, Nations League, Matchday 2, September 10

European champions Portugal will play without their leader Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Nations League A Grp. 3 match against Italy in Lisbon. The absence of the 33-year-old star open the floodgates for a number of young players who got their first opportunity to play in their first international call-ups.

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Italy coach Roberto Mancini had to be content with the 1-1 home draw with Poland, when Chelsea’s Jorginho scored from the penalty spot in his first official match for Italy.

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Striker Mario Balotelli looked out of sorts in his first official match for Italy since the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Now he returned to the squad, as Mancini coached him in Inter and Manchester City.

The latest odds from top bookmakers:

Portugal
2.30
X
3.10
Italy
3.40

Possible line-ups:

Portugal: Patricio; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Rui; Neves, Carvalho, Silva, Pizzi, Guedes; Silva

Italy: Donnarumma; Zappacosta, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Jorginho, Bonaventura, Benassi; Bernardeschi, Belotti, Insigne

 

Spain vs Croatia, Nations League, Matchday 2, September 11

Great start for Spain in one of the most difficult groups of UEFA Nations League in the form of a victory with a score of 2-1 against England will give Luis Enrique’s men the confidence in the upcoming match against Croatia, who will play their first game in the tournament.

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The former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique bet on a completely different squad compared to the one that failed at the World Cup, having dropped Koke and Jordi Albu, besides losing David Silva, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta, who announced their retirement.

His counterpart Zlatko Dalich could not rely on Mario Mandzukic, Daniel Subasic and Vedran Corluka, who also stopped playing for the national team after the World Cup in Russia.

It seems that this Croatian squad has lost stability after the retirement of Mario Mandzukic, but the positive moments can be found in the skilful midfield and in the amazing form of Ivan Perisic, who scored in the last three games of the team.

The latest odds from top bookmakers:

Spain
1.67
X
3.70
Croatia
5.5

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