With the first round of Nations League fixtures drawing to a close on Tuesday night, we are offered a host of meetings from across Europe in midweek. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a Tuesday acca, we have found you a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Tuesday 8th September
BST 19:00 MK Dons vs Northampton Town
Starting with Tuesday’s guests, undoubtedly still boosted after booking their spot in League One over the summer, Northampton find the mood in their camp at a real high. Along with shocking many and landing a stunning 4-0 romp when they faced off against Exeter in the fourth-tier play-off final at Wembley back in June, Keith Curle’s men have won four of their last five contests and would have only been even further boosted by what was another shock display when making a return to competitive action over the weekend. Putting in arguably the most notable display on Saturday afternoon, Northampton picked up an eye-catching 3-0 thumping victory against Championship outfit and play-off hopefuls Cardiff in the League Cup. With a real reputation for their recent purple patch in front of goal, the midweek guests will also hold plenty of happy memories of the last time they faced off against the Dons. When the two sides faced off at the PTS Academy Stadium last year, the Cobblers landed a 2-1 win and will make the trip to Buckinghamshire confident of making another statement. While Northampton might have enjoyed a summer to remember, the same cannot be said for Tuesday’s hosts. Crashing out of the League Cup thanks to a 1-0 defeat at home against Coventry, the Whites have failed to win any of their seven contests this summer, a run highlighted by a 6-0 drumming at the hands of Norwich last month.
Tip: Northampton Town draw no bet @ 6/5
19:45 France vs Croatia
While France might have once again struggled to have found top gear out in Stockholm over the weekend, Les Bleus did manage to open their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win on foreign soil. Helped by attacking talisman Kylian Mbappe bagging his 14th international strike on Saturday night, the defending world champions are in the midst of an unbeaten run that stems back to last June and they have won seven of their last eight matchups across all competitions. Although Didier Deschamps’ men might have struggled to find their usual clinical edge in front of goal either side of football’s enforced break, France do hold what is an eye-catching record on home soil. Aside from their shock 1-1 draw at the hands of qualifying surprise package Turkey last year, the midweek hosts have won each of their other seven contests in the French capital, a run that saw them land a 2-1 win against Germany in the inaugural Nations League. Lifting their second world title thanks to a famous 4-2 win against Croatia out in Russia two years ago, Les Bleus should be relishing their trip to Paris on Tuesday night. Opening this year’s tournament with what was another worrying display on their travels, the Blazers have really struggled to find their best form over the past two years. Completely blown away out in Portugal over the weekend and hit with a 4-1 defeat in Porto, Zlatko Dalić’s men have a real reputation for their issues outside of Zagreb. Including a 2-1 defeat away against Hungary last year, Croatia have now managed to win just one of their last nine contests on foreign soil.
Tip: France win & Under four goals @ 21/20
19:45 Belgium vs Iceland
Starting with Tuesday’s hosts, opening their Nations League campaign with a 2-0 win away at a plucky Denmark over the weekend, it is no surprise that many have Belgium tipped as one of the leading contenders this time around. While Roberto Martínez’s men might have been left heartbroken to have only secured a bronze medal finish out in Russia two years ago, the former Wigan boss saw his side cruise their way to next year’s delayed European Championships in Group I and were one of just two nations who could boast a 100% record during qualifying. With a list of European superstars to call upon and still holding their #1 ranking with FIFA, the Red Devils have continued to impress with their displays at the back, particularly on home soil. Remarkably unbeaten in Brussels since September 2016 and winning 14 of their last 15 home fixtures, Belgium will also be boosted by what is a rampant record against Tuesday’s guests. Landing a 2-0 win when the two nations last faced off in the Nations League two years ago, Martinez’s men have won all 11 of their meetings against Iceland and they will be hugely confident of laying down another marker in midweek. Still left reeling from their chance to snatch a stunning last-gasp point against England in Reykjavík on Saturday evening, Erik Hamrén’s men couldn’t have wished for a tougher task on Tuesday. Failing to secure an automatic route to EURO 2021 and really seen as the Group A whipping boys this time around, the Blues have also struggled with their form on the road over the past 24 months. Including thumping defeats at the hands of Albania and Nigeria, they have managed to win just a pair of their last 13 matches on their travels. In for what should be a huge step up in class on foreign soil in midweek, it is hard to see anything other that another routine night’s work for the European heavyweights.
Tip: Belgium win to nil @ 8/13
Our Tuesday Accumulator:
MK Dons vs Northampton Town – Northampton Town draw no bet @ 6/5
France vs Croatia – France win & Under four goals @ 21/20
Belgium vs Iceland – Belgium win to nil @ 8/13
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