UEFA Nations League Betting Offers, Free Bets and Bonuses, plus Nations League fixtures, results and betting tips

Football fans – and managers – have long bemoaned the pointlessness and lack of edge to international friendly matches. Well, UEFA have been listening, and they’ve created a new football competition for nation sides which they have called the UEFA Nations League.

This competition will replace most international friendlies and will pit teams against those closest to their own standard. See below for a full explanation of the format of the Nations League, as well as the latest betting offers and free bets, fixtures/results and betting tips.

It all kicks off in earnest in September 2018, but the League Phase Draw was made on 24th January 2018, so check out all the details.

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UEFA Nations League – How it works

You can get plenty of information about the Nations League at the official UEFA Nations League site, but here we outline how the competition is structured and how it all works. Buckle yourself in, it’s not that straightforward!

The 55 national sides in UEFA have been split into four leagues. The top-ranked League A and the second-ranked League B will each contain 12 teams, with 15 in League C and 16 in League D. Leagues A and B will be split into four groups of three teams. League C will be split into one group of three and three groups of four teams. League D will be split into four groups of four teams. Each side will play each other in the same group twice, once at home, once away.

The four group winners in League A will progress to the Nations League finals in June 2019, the ultimate winner of which will be crowned UEFA Nations League champions. The four sides that finish bottom of the groups will face relegation to League B for the next edition of the Nations League.

The group winners in Leagues B, C and D will be promoted to the league above, while the sides that finish bottom of their groups in Leagues B and C will be relegated to the league below.

Whilst the Nations League will not be the main vehicle by which to qualify for Euro 2020, there are four places up for grabs through the Nations League. The top four ranked sides in each league that do not qualify for Euro 2020 through the standard qualification process will be entered into a play-off in March 2020 with one place at the Euros up for grabs. Each path will contain four sides who will compete in a single leg semi-final and a single leg final.

The inaugural UEFA Nations League will run from 6th September to the finals in June 2019. The second season of the competition will be played over 2020/21.

Nations League Groups and Fixtures

The first season of the UEFA Nations League will be split into six Matchdays for the League Phase with the finals being played in June 2019 and then the Euro 2020 play-offs in March 2020.

  • Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018
  • Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018
  • Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018
  • Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018
  • Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018
  • Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018
  • Finals draw: early December 2018
  • Finals: 5–9 June 2019
  • UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019
  • UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020

Nations League Group 2018-19

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League A

League A consists of the following national sides: Belgium, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

Matchday 1 Fixtures:

  • Group 1: Germany v France (6 Sep)
  • Group 3: Italy v Poland (7 Sep)
  • Group 2: Switzerland v Iceland (8 Sep)
  • Group 4: England v Spain (8 Sep)

League B

The League B teams are as follows: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Matchday 1 Fixtures:

  • Group 1: Czech Republic v Ukraine (6 Sep)
  • Group 4: Wales v Republic of Ireland (6 Sep)
  • Group 2: Turkey v Russia (7 Sep)
  • Group 3: Northern Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina (8 Sep)

League C

League C consist of the following national sides: Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Romania, Scotland, Serbia and Slovenia.

Matchday 1 Fixtures:

  • Group 3: Slovenia v Bulgaria (6 Sep)
  • Group 3: Norway v Cyprus (6 Sep)
  • Group 1: Albania v Israel (7 Sep)
  • Group 4: Lithuania v Serbia (7 Sep)
  • Group 4: Romania v Montenegro (7 Sep)
  • Group 2: Finland v Hungary (8 Sep)
  • Group 2: Estonia v Greece (8 Sep)

League D

League D might be seen as the dregs of Europe in footballing terms, but which of these sides can break on through to the next level: Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova and San Marino.

Matchday 1 Fixtures:

  • Group 1: Kazakhstan v Georgia (6 Sep)
  • Group 1: Latvia v Andorra (6 Sep)
  • Group 4: Armenia v Liechtenstein (6 Sep)
  • Group 4: Gibraltar v FYR Macedonia (6 Sep)
  • Group 3: Azerbaijan v Kosovo (7 Sep)
  • Group 3: Faroe Islands v Malta (7 Sep)
  • Group 2: Belarus v San Marino (8 Sep)
  • Group 2: Luxembourg v Moldova (8 Sep)