Who will go to the Final Four?
Defending champion, the France team is already out of the race in group 1 while Austria seems far away. From then on, Denmark (1st, 9 points) and Croatia (2nd, 7 points) will face each other for their first participation in the Final Four of the tournament. The Danes are ahead in the standings, but the Croats won the first leg 1-0. Tomorrow the two teams meet in Zagreb. Denmark can already qualify if they win and the Vatreni can overtake their opponent if successful. If Christian Eriksen’s band does not win, the two teams will fight at a distance on the last day. In Group 2, Spain (1st, 8 points) and Portugal (2nd, 7 points) have the advantage and will meet on September 27. A Spanish victory combined with a Portuguese defeat on the next day could nevertheless allow La Roja to qualify for the Final Four as in the previous edition.
Group 3 offers a three-way battle between Hungary (1st, 7 points), Germany (2nd, 6 points) and Italy (3rd, 5 points). Dominik Szoboszlai’s teammates will play Germany on September 23 and Italy on September 26, and can experience a totally historic Nations League Final Four. Same story for Germany who will challenge England on September 26 after their match against the Magyars. Finally, the Nazionale will start against England on September 23 to afford the luxury of dreaming on September 26 against Hungary. The fight promises to be terrible between these three formations. As for Group 4, the Netherlands (1st, 10 points) and Belgium (2nd, 7 points) are fighting for access. Victorious 4-1 in the first leg, the Oranjes have a nice mattress for the confrontation between the two teams on September 25. Tomorrow, the Dutch will challenge Poland while Belgium will play against Wales with the obligation to win to keep any real hope of qualification.
Who will descend from League A?
From heroes to zero, such can be the fate of France in Group 1. The 2018 world champions are two points behind Austria and can be relegated tomorrow in the event of a defeat against the formation of Ralf Rangnick. A victory would get out of this delicate position while a draw would keep Hope alive. France and Austria will challenge Denmark and Croatia respectively on Sunday. In group 2, Spain is maintained and Portugal has a nice mattress. Czechia (3rd, 4 points) and Switzerland (4th, 3 points) will fight to stay in the top flight. Patrik Schick’s teammates can in the event of victory against Portugal and defeat of Switzerland offer themselves a respite from September 24th. In the event of a different scenario, the two teams meet on Swiss soil on September 27.
The situation is critical for England in group D. Last, the English who will challenge Italy on September 23 and Germany on September 26 will have to fill up on points to maintain themselves. Hungary is 5 points, Germany is 4 points ahead and Italy 3 points so it will clearly be necessary to make a full card or risk going down to League B. In group 4, Poland has a good advantage in view of the maintenance with 3 points ahead of Wales two days from the end and a 2-1 victory won in the first leg. Any positive result during the confrontation of the two teams would be synonymous with qualification. On the next day, the two teams will fight from distance as Poland host the Netherlands and Wales travel to Belgium.
In the antechamber of League A, the clash between Ukraine (1st, 7 points) and Scotland (2nd, 6 points) on the lands of the Tartan Army tonight will help clarify things. Both teams are playing to get into League A and this confrontation can allow Zbirna to take off, or the Scots to seize first place. The maintenance on the other hand should concern Ireland (3rd, 4 points) and Armenia (4th, 3 points). If the Islanders have a point lead, Armenia won the first leg 1-0 and have the advantage in direct confrontations. The two teams will meet on Tuesday 27 September at the same time as the second leg between Ukraine and Scotland will take place. Following the exclusion of Russia, which will be de facto relegated to League C, Group 2 sees Israel (1st, 5 points) come out on top ahead of Iceland (2nd, 3 points) and Albania (3rd, 1 point). ), which has one game less. Israel can be promoted this Saturday, September 24 in the event of a victory or a draw against Albania. If the latter wins, however, it would totally restart everything for Armando Broja’s teammates who will host Iceland on September 27.
In Group 3, the fight will be tough even if Bosnia and Herzegovina (1st, 8 points) and Montenegro (2nd, 7 points) are in a strong position against Finland (3rd, 4 points) and Romania (4th , 3 points. The next day will face Finland and Romania on Friday while Bosnia and Herzegovina will receive Montenegro. Two matches which will allow to refine the positions. Finally in group 4, Norway of Erling Braut Haaland are in a strong position and have a three-point lead over Serbia, who they beat 1-0 in the first leg.The two teams will fight from distance on the next day before challenging each other on September 27 to A shock at the top.The maintenance will be decided between Sweden and Slovenia who will also meet on September 27. Advantage for the Blågult who have a 1 point lead and won 2-0 the first leg.
To access League B, we already distinguish certain formations which have taken a good advantage. In Group 1, Turkey are 5 points ahead of Luxembourg and will only need a draw against the Duchy to move up to the top division. In terms of the fight to stay, Lithuania are four points behind the Faroe Islands with the disadvantage of direct confrontations. The Lithuanians should find themselves in the teams that will play the play-offs so as not to go down to League D. In group 2, Greece is already promoted, but there will be a struggle to maintain a distance. Second, Kosovo is 4 points ahead of Northern Ireland and Cyprus and seems safe. On the other hand, these last two will offer themselves a fight at a distance. Advantage to the Northern Irish in direct confrontations.
In Group 3, Kazakhstan are 4 points ahead of Slovakia, which they have beaten twice. The Snow Leopards need a victory to move up to League B. As far as maintenance is concerned, there will be a fight between Azerbaijan and Belarus who will fight at a distance. The Azerbaijanis have the advantage of direct confrontations and 2 points in advance so the situation will be complicated for Belarus. As for Group 4, Georgia (1st, 10 points) and North Macedonia (2nd, 7 points) will fight to go up with a confrontation on September 23 which could be decisive. The first leg was won 3-0 by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s band. In terms of maintenance, Bulgaria has a two-point lead over Gibraltar, which is a play-off. Friday, the two teams face each other in a match which will surely make it possible to know the barrage not to go down in League D.
Finally, in the last European division, we begin to know the face of the two teams that will be promoted to League C. In group 1, Latvia is 5 points ahead of Moldova. Receiving this selection tomorrow, the Latvians only need a draw to be promoted. Otherwise, it will be settled on the final day with a fight at a distance. In group 2, Estonia and Malta share the lead with 6 points (1 game less for the Estonians). The two teams meet on Friday and Estonia, who won the opener 2-1, need only a draw to secure promotion.