Cyril’s Edge – 03 June 2022

Domestic football is now behind us, but there’s still plenty of international action to look forward to – here’s my take on how the action will unfold!

Belgium vs Netherlands
Another two-year journey begins for European nations in the quest to lift the Nations League trophy. One of the picks of the opening round, the Red Devils host the Dutchmen. Both managers would likely accept a draw if it was offered ahead of kick-off. We can see the pair sharing the points on Friday night. Belgium has superior talent, especially in the forward areas. The Netherlands will be strong at the back, and we could see a stalemate here. But with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Memphis Depay, somebody could steal the show. Real Madrid hero Thibaut Courtois will be missed. That could fall into the hands of the Dutch. Close game but Belgium to steal the WIN

France vs Denmark
Les Bleu has underwhelmed in UEFA Euro 2020 but has been near-perfect ever since. They’ll now start the defence of their Nations League crown against Denmark. Having not been beaten in regulation time for 20 games. It’s safe to say Didier Deschamps’ men are in something of a purple patch having won their last seven games whilst scoring at least two goals in each. Denmark cannot be underestimated due to their obvious quality and true fighting spirit. France is one of the most talented teams in world football. We’re expecting the Blues to make it eight straight wins in all competitions with a narrow success on Friday night. But it could be a magical night for a miracle man, Christian Eriksen. From a betting perspective, France to WIN, both teams to score

Hungary vs England
Back-to-back promotions mean Hungary is in the topflight of the Nations League for the first time. They open their Group C campaign against Euro 2020 runners-up England at the Puskás Aréna. The sides met at this very stadium last September when England ran out 4-0 winners. But some unsavoury fan behaviour contributed to a three-game spectator ban, which included this game. Although 30,000 school children will now be in attendance. Hungary has proven to be a tough examination for several sides in recent months. The English juggernaut continues to roll on, and the importance of building momentum before Qatar cannot be understated. Tough game for the Three Lions but they should secure the WIN

Italy vs Germany
The Azzurri tasted defeat in their Finalissima clash with Argentina on Wednesday night. This adds to the indignity of two consecutive World Cup qualification failures. But redemption in what’s classified as the ‘Derby of Europe’ could be exactly what the Italians need right now. The German machine enters its first campaign under new coach Hansi Flick. They will be keen to start strong too, as they face two EURO finalists in this group. The bookies can hardly separate the sides for this clash in Bologna. But the visitors enter the match unbeaten in nine internationals (W8, D1) and haven’t lost to Italy since 2012. Hard to see goals galore but Germany should do enough to secure the WIN