- There are four games in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday, June 8th
- Belgium, Poland, and Wales are all in action on Matchday 2
- Find the odd for all matches and three previews/picks below
The UEFA Nations League campaign is in full swing and another four games are scheduled across the continent on Matchday 2 on Wednesday, June 8.
Belgium will be looking to bounce back from a brutal defeat to the Netherlands as they clash with Poland, while Wales, who just qualified for Qatar, will take on the Dutch. Elsewhere, Ireland also lock horns with Ukraine, who just narrowly missed out on making the World Cup over the weekend.
Keep reading for odds and best bets for the Nations League here.
UEFA Nations League Matchday 2 Odds
|Belgium vs Poland||-152||+285||+425|
|Ireland vs Ukraine||+130||+220||+230|
|Scotland vs Armenia||-265||+370||+800|
|Wales vs Netherlands||+510||+310||-182|
Odds as of June 6th at Barstool.
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Belgium vs Poland Prediction
Belgium is still searching for their first win in the Nations League as they welcome Poland to Brussels on Wednesday. Roberto Martinez’s side was absolutely pummelled on Matchday 1, losing 4-1 to Holland in a very poor showing. Substitute Michy Batshuayi bagged their only goal late in injury time but regardless, the Belgians looked abysmal. However, that was their first defeat since Euro 2020, a span of seven games. The Red Devils also sit at +1100 in World Cup odds, which is the sixth-best.
Poland meanwhile got off to a flying start last Wednesday, securing a 2-1 victory over Gareth Bale and Wales on home soil. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Robert Lewandowski who did the damage up top, with substitutes Karol Swiderski and Jakub Kaminski bagging second-half goals for the hosts. It was a great result for a team who has big aspirations this winter in what will likely be Lewandowski’s final World Cup.
Surprisingly, the Poles have won two straight games against Belgium, but their last meeting was in 2007. A lot has changed since then and I do believe the Red Devils will respond here. However, I expect it to be a close game. Take a chance on a one-goal deficit.
Pick: Belgium to Win by 1 (+265)
Ireland vs Ukraine Prediction
In Nations League B action, Ireland plays host to Ukraine, who are still recovering from World Cup heartbreak. The Irish were actually in respectable form before a Matchday 1 loss to Armenia, going eight games unbeaten. That included stalemates with Serbia, Portugal, and Belgium. However, they failed to capitalize on their chances against the Armenians, settling for a 1-0 defeat. A positive result is important here if Ireland is going to have any hope of promotion to Nations League A.
This will be the Ukrainians’ first match of the Nations League campaign because they were busy trying to qualify for Qatar. After the squad beat Scotland 3-1 to advance to the play-off final, an unlucky own goal from Andriy Yarmolenko on a Gareth Bale free-kick ended their hopes of making the World Cup amid all the turmoil in Ukraine.
Oleksandr Petrakov’s men dominated the Welsh and frankly should’ve won this game but failed to put away numerous clear-cut opportunities. In fairness though, Wayne Hennessey was brilliant in between the sticks for Wales.
The way the referee consoled Oleksandr Zinchenko after Ukraine failed to reach the World Cup 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/Gi67Q3zHdv
— GOAL (@goal) June 6, 2022
This is about all Ukraine has left to play for now and I do believe they’re going to be very motivated to run through this group and get up to Nations League A. With the visitors being an underdog, the moneyline offers terrific value.
Pick: Ukraine +230
Wales vs Netherlands Prediction
The Welsh, fresh off booking their ticket to Qatar, face a tough test on Wednesday in the Netherlands. Wales is undoubtedly in a very daunting group here but with two games against the Dutch and another versus Belgium in the coming weeks, this is a fantastic tune-up for them ahead of their first World Cup in 64 years. Rob Page’s side didn’t exactly overwhelm Ukraine on Sunday in Cardiff but Gareth Bale’s smashing free-kick deflected off Yarmolenko’s head and into the back of the net. That proved to be enough for the victory.
Holland comes into this encounter with boatloads of confidence. After all, they just ran riot on the No. 2 ranked country in the world, Belgium. Steven Bergwijn started the scoring with a smashing strike just prior the halftime whistle before Memphis Depay netted a brace and Denzel Dumfries also scored in a span of just 14 minutes early in the second period. That positive result continued an impressive run for the Dutch, going unbeaten in 10 outings, with seven of these games ending in their favor.
Typically, I’d absolutely pick the Netherlands. But given what Wales just went through on home soil, they’re still riding a high. The hosts might just pull out a draw here in front of the Welsh faithful.
Pick: Draw +310