Croatia have quite big problems in front of meeting with strong Portugal and goals hungry Ronaldo. After last lost with France, Portugal is looking for revenge and bounce back. From the other side Croatian coach Zlatko Dalić struggling on the pre-match conference about squad problems and point in which is currently whole nation team. So Croatia is during transformation so team spirit isn’t so strong, a lot of players are missing. Coach said that 7-8 main players are gone, 4 of them – defenders are missing today: Ćaleta-Car , Pongračić , Uremović , Vida. So for “Cristina” who should score and rest Portugal crew it should be enough to win.
Norway showed really good performance into Nations League, last game won 4:0 with Romania. From the other side Northern Ireland lost previous match 0:1 against Austria. Trainer Ian Baraclough mentioned on pre-match conference to rotate squad due to 3rd game in 7 days. Also mentioned that the best players will be rested for upcoming important game with Slovakia in Belfast next month.
More than one month after last meeting between both teams ended with Ukraine lost 4:0, we should see the same story. Ukrainian team consists mostly players from U21 team without any international skills, including working as a team experiences. Due to Covid and injures there are no players: Konoplyanka, Kryvstov, Matvienko, Tymchyk, Mykhaylichenko. Additionally into this match suspended is Malinowski and probably out Kovalenko.
Nations League in play Today. Strong in-form Germany team will meet under construction Ukrainian squad. Hosts coach is looking for optimum shape of his team after last two heavy lost with Spain 4:0 and France 7:1. Today will not play a couple of first team player including Goalkeeper Piatov, also out: Konoplyanka, Kryvstov, Matvienko, Tymchyk, Mykhaylichenko.
Odds for Italy win looks to be really low, but free money to take it is always good option. Today will see strong Italy team playing with stars (Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile, Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Nicolo Zaniolo) against under construction team where only Edin Dzeko is globally known star with quite long experience. Other players are fresh, there is no team spirit yet.
UEFA Nations League is the newest competition introduced instead of friendly matches to put some pressure into and make greatest interest for fans. First opponent for polish team is Holland which temporally is driven by assistant of Ronald Koemana who was decided to replace his employer on FC Barcelona. Replacement to Koeman looks to be Van Gaala, but no decision yet. Squad situation into host tea looks to be ok, they have quyite long list of players so Today we won’t see defenders Stefan de Vri; Matthijs de Ligt and Daley Blind. Their replacements are Nathan Ake, Perr Schuurs and Joel Veltman.
Into Poland team will not play key Capitan Robert Lewandowski who is on vacations. Will not play also Adam Buksa, P. Frankowski. Injured: D. Kadziora,A. Recy, Piotr Zieliński. Looking on their replacements there is no more strong option.