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Nations League Weekend Acca – 24th September

Yet again, just one result let me down last weekend, although the Chelsea v Liverpool game I had backed was postponed, and having landed a winner a couple of weeks back, I have that feeling that another one is just around the corner given the number of close calls I have had since.

Admittedly, I am not as bullish about my chances of doing so this weekend, but that is because we are not on another of these international breaks.

I don’t know about you, but on these international spells, it just feels like the time drags on, especially early on in that first week and then after the games have been completed at the end of the second. I really do think they impact a team’s cohesion and form in domestic football as it is essentially a two-week break from the norm.

Then of course you have the unpredictability of international football, for example, England beat Hungary 5-0 in Hungary in a 2022 World Cup qualifier, then lost 1-0 to them in the Nations League in Budapest before losing 4-0 at home to the same opponents in the last game they played.

Similarly Scotland lost their World Cup Qualifying playoff 3-1 to the Ukraine at Hampden, but in this week’s Nations League game at the same venue, they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. So yes, I think compared to the domestic game, international weeks are certainly more tricky.

This is also partly because finding value is tough, when you have a real mismatch, which doesn’t tend to happen in the Nations League admittedly, the odds are just not worth including on a bet for the team very likely to win.

And given the Nations League pits teams of roughly similar ability together, that makes the games tough to predict.

Anyway, enough of my griping, I’m determined to land one of these accas at some point this season, if for no more reason than to stop me moaning about these two week breaks in the domestic season!

Here’s my tips for games taking place this weekend.

Nations League Acca – 24th September

    • 5:00
    • Slovenia v Norway Away Win
    • 7:45
    • Israel v Albania Draw
    • 7:45
    • Scotland v Rep of Ireland Home Win
    • 7:45
    • Serbia v Sweden Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 24th September

Slovenia v Norway – Away Win

Norway have won all but one of their games in this group, but. that was their home game with Slovenia, when despite playing against 10 men for almost half an hour, the Norwegian side could not find a way past Jan Oblak in the Slovenian goal. However, away from home I can see the likes of Odegaard, King and in particular Erling Haaland having the pace on the counter to trouble the home side and I feel given Norway’s very consistent form of late, they’ll do enough to secure a vital away win here.

Israel v Albania- Draw

Admittedly, I don’t think too many people are going to be tuning in to watch this one across the UK, but even so I think it offers one, if not the best value bet of the entire selection of games on Saturday. Both these teams have drawn three of their last five games and between them they have played three draws against Iceland in their group (Israel with two draws and Albania with one). Israel did win in Tirana 2-1, thanks to a brace from Manor Solomon in the second half which cancelled out Armando Broja’s penalty opener. However, that game was a very close call and it could have gone either way and I think with Albania knowing their hopes of winning the group lie on them getting something from this game, they will do enough to claim a share of the spoils that eluded them in their home encounter.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland – Home Win

The Republic of Ireland took full advantage of playing a jaded Scotland just after their World Cup playoff loss to Ukraine and the Irish ran out very comfortable 3-0 winners in Dublin when the teams met back in June. However, those two poor results were a blip in what has been a generally upward trend for Scotland under Steve Clarke and after the Scots superb 3-0 win over Ukraine on Wednesday night, that victory has put them in pole position in this group and a win here could see Scotland win the Group, if Ukraine fail to beat Armenia. Given how the Scots played on Wednesday evening and their general form, I am backing them to land a degree of revenge here.

Serbia v Sweden – Home Win

It is worth remembering that Serbia beat Portugal to top spot in their World Cup Qualifying group so the fact that they beat Sweden 1-0 away from home in the first game between these two teams may not be so surprising. Despite that, Serbia trail Norway by three points in this group and they will know with the Norwegians likely to win their game, that they need to land the win here to stand any chance of being promoted into League A. With the likes of Mitrovic in great form, I think the home side will indeed land that win to keep them in touch in this group.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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