England at 15/2 odds to win Nations League 2020/21 after drawing Belgium

Three Lions draw Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in Nations League

Francisco Molina / Sports Director ©imago images / Agencia EFE 08.01.2020

England will have to overcome a huge challenge in the group stage of the 2020 Nations League. Gareth Southgate’s men have been lined up against Belgium, who are currently the highest-ranked team in the world.

But still, the Three Lions are 15/2 to win the next edition outright* (betting odds taken from Betway at 01:45 GMT on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020)

Nations League 2020 Winner Odds*

France 6/1
Netherlands 7/1
England 15/2
Italy 8/1
Belgium 9/1
Portugal 12/1
Croatia 20/1
Switzerland 25/1
Denmark 25/1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 33/1
Iceland 33/1
Sweden 40/1
Ukraine 50/1
* (betting odds taken from Betway at 01:45 GMT on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020)

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2020 Nations League Format

There have been some slight changes to the Nations League for the 2020 edition. All of the League A groups will now have four teams instead of the three, which was the set up for the inaugural tournament.

It will still be just the top teams from each of those four round-robin groups that move ahead to the Finals. It will still be the same that the bottom team from each of the League A groups will be relegated to League B.

In the reshuffle the four group winners from League B, all take the step up to League A. They are Ukraine, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Denmark. It means that the lowest league, League D now only has seven teams split across the two groups.

England Outright


World Cup 2020 Qualification

The 2020 Nations League will award two World Cup 2022 Play Off places. Those spots will go to the best two Nations League group winners who didn’t qualify directly for the World Cup through qualification (or reached the play-offs).

What happened in the 2019 edition?

Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands and England were the four group winners from League A, so they went through to the Nations League Finals.

The Finals were hosted by Portugal and they took full advantage of that. They opened with a 3-1 success over Switzerland, thanks to a hat trick from, yes you guessed it, Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the other semi-final, the Netherlands collected a 3-1 victory over England after extra time. England would go on to beat Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out in the third-place playoff.

Portugal secured a 1-0 win in the final over the Dutch thanks to a goal from Goncalo Manuel Guedes.

What’s in store for England?

England won their group at the last edition, topping Spain and Croatia. For the 2020/21 Nations League, they are going to have to find a way past Belgium. Getting the better of the Red Devils is going to be no easy thing.

At the 2018 World Cup, Belgium beat England twice, once in the group stage and then in the Third Place Match. Both teams have scored in just one of the last five meetings between the two nations, but England are W3 L2 up from that sequence.

Denmark moved up from League B to join the top ranks of the Nations League in the 2020/21 edition. England have won the last two meetings between the Danes, both one-goal margin successes. The most recent of those was in 2014 and it was friendly. Each of the last four meetings have been international friendlies.

Things didn’t go well for England the last time they met Iceland. Their first competitive meeting happened at the 2016 European Championships and Iceland, as underdogs, knocked England out with a 2-1 victory in the round of sixteen. England won the only other meetings, a 6-1 friendly success in 2004.

2020/21 Nations League – League A

Group A1
Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland

Group A2
England, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland

Group A3
Portugal, France, Sweden, Croatia

Group A4
Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine, Germany

Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland

Group B4 is going to be an interesting one as Wales and Ireland are together there, as they were in the previous edition of the Nations League. Finland and Bulgaria join the two of them.

Ireland finished bottom of their League B group at the last edition and would have dropped down a level had it not been the restructuring which meant there were no teams relegated from League B. Wales finished sandwiched between Denmark and Ireland.

Scotland won their League C group at the last edition and are now up in League B. They are playing in a tough Group B2 where they will meet the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Israel. The Scots beat Israel to Group C1 success in the last edition.

Northern Ireland were in League B at the last edition and finished without a point in their group. They are let off the hook, just like Ireland, because of the restructuring. They don’t get relegated to League C and for the 2020/21 Nations League, instead, Northern Ireland will meet Austria, Norway and Romania in Group B1.

2020/21 Nations League calendar

Matchday 1: 3–5 September 2020
Matchday 2: 6–8 September 2020
Matchday 3: 8–10 October 2020
Matchday 4: 11–13 October 2020
Matchday 5: 12–14 November 2020
Matchday 6: 15–17 November 2020
Finals: 2/3 & 6 June 2021 (venue tbc)
Relegation play-offs: 24/25 & 28/29 March 2022

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