England's Raheem Sterling scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Iceland and England in Reykjavik, Iceland, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.
England's Raheem Sterling scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Iceland and England in Reykjavik, Iceland, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.|Brynjar Gunnarson | Associated Press
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Can UEFA Nations League A favorites keep winning on Match Day 2 to set up pivotal games next window? Miller has 10 picks including 2 parlays

All matches start at 2:45 pm EDT: Belgium vs. Iceland, Denmark vs. England, France vs. Croatia, and Sweden vs. Portugal

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

On the final match day of this UEFA Nations League international break, four heavyweight nations will try to move to 2-0 in League A group play.

Portugal, the defending European and Nations League victors, and France, the defending World Cup champion, are set on a collision course in Group 3. In Group 4, Belgium, the number one ranked team in the world and 2018 World Cup semifinalist, and England, which made the semis in both the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Nations League, will meet up as well next month.

England will be glad to get out of Iceland, for multiple reasons. Not only did the Three Lions just barely escape with a win, but they also lost their two young generational players, after they were sent home for bringing women back to the hotel after the 1-0 victory. Will England’s focus be on the pitch in Denmark, or will the media circus surrounding the team (when isn’t there one, though) be too much?

I think the four favorites win, and set up a fantastic Match Day 3 on October 11.

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UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION MATCH DAY 2

LEAGUE A

(All matches 2:45 p.m. EDT)

Group 2

Belgium (-590) vs. Iceland (+1700), draw (+600), ESPN+ and Fubo.tv

Denmark (+270) vs. England (+104), draw (+245), ESPN2 and Fubo.tv


Group 3

France (-162) vs. Croatia (+480), draw (+280), ESPN+ and Fubo.tv

Sweden (+375) vs. Portugal (-122), draw (+240), ESPN+, UniMas, TUDN, and Fubo.tv)

THE PICKS:

England ML (+104)

Portugal ML (-122)

France -0.75 (-127)

Belgium -2 Asian handicap (-105)


GOALSCORER BETS (IF THEY START):

Anthony Martial, France (+135)

Romelu Lukaku, Belgium (-150)

Jadon Sancho, England (+300)

Bruno Fernandes, Portugal (+310)

PARLAYS:

Belgium ML (-590), England ML (+104), France ML (-162), and Portugal ML (-122), pays (+604)

Belgium ML, France ML, Portugal ML, pays (+250)

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