The UEFA Nations League is underway, kicking off the group stage matches on June 1. There have been a few surprises already, with Denmark edging out powerhouse France 2-1 and Poland defeating Wales 2-1 on opening day. Today, there are seven matches in total, with Groups A, B, and C taking the pitch. We’ll be covering the battle of titans between Germany and Italy and also take a look into Finland’s first match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the place to find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and point spreads.
Moneyline: Germany @ +120
Under head coach Hansi Flick, Germany has undergone a transformation of sorts, with their playing style adapting to a more offensive approach. They were absolute monsters in the World Cup Qualifiers, winning nine of 10 games and cruising through the competition. They’re one of the top favourites to go all the way in the UEFA Nations League, but a disappointing 2020 World Cup has placed an extra level of pressure on their shoulders.
Despite being named the best European club of 2021, Italy stumbled in the World Cup Qualifiers. They were one of the few countries expected to soar, but a 3-0 loss to Argentina spelled the end of their aspirations to win a championship in Qatar. Head coach Roberto Mancini faces a challenge with taking a club that no longer has Giorgio Chiellini, as he played his final game for Italy during the qualifiers.
Prop Bet: Timo Werner Anytime Goal Scorer (+187)
At 26, Timo Werner had an exceptional year on several stages. Averaging 39% of Chelsea FC’s playing time in 21 games, he recorded four goals and one assist. Despite suffering a strain that took him away for three matches and COVID-19 striking him in late December, Werner hasn’t missed a beat when he’s running the ball. He recorded four goals and two assists in five Champions League games during 245 minutes of playing time.
He’ll be one of Germany’s top players at this year’s UEFA Nations League, and the team will need him to be at his best. He shares the best odds (+187) of scoring a goal at any point during the match against Italy, along with fellow countryman Leroy Sane. The pair of 26-year-olds have a combined market value of $123.2 million and will be counted on to carry the brunt of the offense for Germany this year.
Moneyline: Finland @ +155
Expected to lead Group B out of the group-stage matches, Finland should have a relatively easy time taking care of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They’ll face Montenegro and Romania later in the tournament and have good odds of winning all three games. They’ll be extra motivated to take over their group after missing out on Euro 2022, finishing third in their group behind Ukraine and France. They’ve won only three of their last 11 international matches, but their last victory was against Bosnia and Herzegovina back in November of last year.
Bosnia and Herzegovina were in the same boat as Finland, missing out on the 2022 Euro Cup. They finished behind Finland and will aim to take down the team that wiped away their chances of competing on a larger stage. They’ll be in tough, as they’ve won only two of their last 17 international games. Striker Edin Dzeko came off the bench at the 86th minute to put his team ahead against Luxembourg back in March, closing up their last victory. Against Finland, they lost their most recent match by a score of 3-1, so don’t expect much to change today.
Odds via FanDuel
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