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UEFA Nations League finals draw - England's opponents confirmed!
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December 3, 2018
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A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.

The UEFA Nations League semi-final fixtures between England, Switzerland, Portugal and the Netherlands were confirmed on Monday.

How did the semi-finalists get there?

England finished top of Nations League Group A4, coming out ahead of a tough group against Spain and Croatia.

Switzerland pipped Belgium to the top of Group A2 on head-to-head record after beating them 5-2 in their final game.

Netherlands did the unthinkable and progressed from Group A1 containing 2014 World Cup winners Germany and 2018 World Cup winners France.

European champions Portugal won Group A3 in less dramatic fashion.

Draw results

Where and when will the semi-finals be played?

Portugal got the nod to host the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals by topping Group A3 ahead of Italy and Poland, two other countries to have expressed an interest.

The dates and format are as follows:

5th June 2019: Portugal v Switzerland (semi-final 1), Estádio do Dragão, Porto

6th June 2019: Netherlands v England (semi-final 2), Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães

9th June 2019: Winners Match 1 v Winners Match 2 (final), Estádio do Dragão, Porto

9th June 2019: Losers Match 1 v Losers Match 2 (third place play-off), Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães

UEFA Nations League betting odds

Outright Winner (odds via bet365)

England – 7/4

Portugal – 2/1

Netherlands – 3/1

Switzerland – 6/1

The Three Lions go into the Nations League finals as favourites to win outright at 7/4, with EURO 2016 champions Portugal just behind at 2/1. Ronald Koeman’s resurgent Netherlands side are third favourites at 3/1. And you couldn’t write off Switzerland either in this knockout format at 6/1!

Should England not claim their first major trophy at senior international level since 1966, then Gareth Southgate’s side will have one further chance to qualify for EURO 2020 via the qualifiers.

Keep up to date with all our UEFA Nations League predictions here.

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