Russian striker Artem Dzyuba (22) celebrates after taking his international goals tally to 26 with a double strike against Serbia in the UEFA Nations League last Thursday with a date against Hungary now looming on Sunday. Photo from @fczenit_enOfficial (Twitter).
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Europe’s Nations League competition continues on Sunday with a second set of fixtures taking place in five groups.
Spain, Germany and Russia are among the big nations who will be in action with the Germans and Spaniards having drawn 1-1 in their opening fixture last Thursday. Russia were winners against Serbia.
UEFA Nations League Sunday Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline||Total at DraftKings|
|Wales||-1.5 (+165)||-182||Ov 2.5 (+108)|
|Bulgaria||+1.5 (-220)||+525||Un2.5 (-143|
|Slovenia||-1.5 (-114)||-335||Ov2.5 (-148)|
|Moldova||+1.5 (-117)||+1000||Un2.5 (+107)|
|Hungary||+1.5 (-455)||+290||Ov2.5 (+116)|
|Russia||-1.5 (+310)||+104||Un2.5 (-152)|
|Republic of Ireland||+1.5 (-2000)||-120||Ov2.5 (+170)|
|Finland||-1.5 (+1200)||+340||Un2.5 (-215)|
|Switzerland||-1.5 (+1200)||+350||0v2.5 (-103)|
|Germany||+1.5 (-2000||-117||Un2.5 (-117)|
|Spain||-1.5 (+140)||-205||Ov2.5 (-120)|
|Ukraine||+1.5 (-175)||+525||Un2.5 (+100)|
|Serbia||-1.5 (+320)||+106||Ov2.5 (+107)|
|Turkey||+1.5 (-400)||+270||Un2.5 (-127)|
|Kosovo||+0.5 (-186)||+210||Ov2.5 (+123)|
|Greece||-0.5 (+138)||+143||Un2.5 (-175)|
Odds taken on September 5.
Pick 1: Hungary vs Russia
Hungary and Russia both made successful starts to their campaigns in Group B3 and now meet in Budapest at 1pm ET on Sunday.
Russia scored a 3-1 home win against Serbia while Hungary claimed an impressive 1-0 victory away in Turkey.
At Draftkings, Russia are favorites for an away win at +104 with the Hungarians at +290. The tie is +230.
The spread offering of +310 for the free-scoring Russians to win by two goals looks most promising (Asian Handicap -1.5 +310).
The Russian team have won 10 of their last 11 matches on either side of the Coronavirus shutdown.
Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, Hungary’s most exciting young talent, capping an impressive win over Turkey last night with perhaps the goal of the round.#Szoboszlai #RBS #UEFANationsLeague
— Engrossed in Football (@eifmagazine) September 4, 2020
That run includes a 4-0 defeat of Scotland last October in the Euro qualifiers, a 5-0 defeat of Cyprus in the same month and a 5-0 win against the minnows of San Marino in November.
The sole setback during this 11-game run was a 4-1 hammering by a world-class Belgium team last November.
Russia’s 3-1 defeat of Serbia came courtesy of two goals from Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba,
In total during the 11-game spell, Russia have scored 35 times while conceding only six goals.
The 3-1 defeat of Serbia came courtesy of two goals from Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba,
His club team-mate Vyacheslav Karavaev scored the other goal.
Artem Dzyuba is now within 4 goals of becoming Russia’s top goalscorer (since the fall of the Soviet Union) which is currently Aleksandr Kerzahkov with 30 goals.
— Russian Football News (@RusFootballNews) September 3, 2020
Hungary’s winner in Turkey last week was netted by midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai in the 80th minute.
The win ended a run of two straight defeats: in a friendly last November against Uruguay which ended 2-1 to the South Americans, and a 2-0 setback in Wales in the same month as the Euro qualifiers.
In total, Hungary have lost five of their last seven fixtures.
Pick: Russia +310 (Asian Handicap -1.5)
Pick 2: Kosovo vs Greece
Kosovo and Greece meet for the first time in history at 3:45pm ET in Pristina on Sunday .
The Kosovans drew 1-1 away in Moldova in their opening Group C3 fixture while Greece claimed a point with a 0-0 draw in Slovenia.
The Greeks are favorites for an away win with Draftkings at +143. Their oddsmakers rate Kosovo as a +215 shot with the draw looking the best prospect at +220.
The draw against Slovenia ended a run of three straights wins for Greece.
They were 2-1 winners against Bosnia in a Euros qualifier last October and then followed up with a 1-1 away win in Armenia the following month – also in the Euros.
Kosovo’s draw against Moldova ended a run of three straight defeats.
Then came a 2-1 win at home against Finland in the same competition. Kosovo’s draw against Moldova ended a run of three straight defeats.
They will be looking for further improvement against Greece as they prepare for their Euro 2021 playoff tie against North Macedonia in October.
Bernard Challandes will have a hard time choosing the squad for tomorrow’s game against Greece as we are missing numerous players.
What squad do you think he will put out.
1 or 2?👀 pic.twitter.com/HxFal0kVv1
— Kosovo Football News 🇽🇰 (@KosovanF) September 5, 2020
They proved a surprise package by finishing third in their Euros qualifying group
But they were beaten 2-1 in the Czech Republic in a Euros qualifier last November and lost 4-2 to England in the same month.
After that, they lost 1-0 at home in a friendly against Sweden last January.
They secured a point in Moldova last week when Benjamin Kololli scored a 71st minute equaliser following a 19th minute opener for Moldova by Ion Nicalaescu.
Pick: Draw (+220)
Pick 3: Serbia vs Turkey
Serbia and Turkey meet in Group B3 at 3:45pm ET on Sunday in Belgrade following their opening Nations League defeats by Russia and Hungary.
Draftkings make Serbia favorites for a home win at +106, but Turkey look much better value at +270. The draw is also promising at +240.
Turkey’s setback was a surprise as they are among the teams already qualified for Euro 2021.
They had won four and drawn twice in the previous six fixtures with a 1-1 Euro qualifying draw in France last October the stand-out result.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has now scored in each of his last EIGHT appearances for Serbia:
He really is is on fire. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/lUHH6xiNaH
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 3, 2020
Serbia had enjoyed a run of four straight wins and then a 2-2 Euro qualifying draw against Ukraine before they met Russia last week.
However, those wins were against unchallenging opposition .
A 3-1 win in Luxembourg was followed by a 1-0 home win in a friendly against Paraguay – the Serbian team’s only clean sheet in 13 games.
Then came a 2-1 win in Lithuania and an unimpressive 3-2 victory at home against Luxembourg.
Pick: Turkey (+270)
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