Reigning European champions Italy (Nations League outright 5/2) will aim to make it two trophies in three months as they get their Nations League Finals campaign underway against Spain.
Roberto Mancini’s men defeated Spain in the semi-final of the Euros en route to victory in a thrilling 1-1 draw which had to be decided on penalties and now face the same opposition in the Nations League last-four (Match betting – Italy 13/10, draw 21/10, Spain 5/2).
They are currently in phenomenal form and set a new world record in last month’s goalless World Cup qualifier against Switzerland by going 36 international matches unbeaten.
Now, they take on Spain with most of their squad from the Euros still intact.
The likes of Federico Chiesa, Jorginho, and the evergreen Giorgio Cheillini ensure the spine of the team from the Euros is still there while promising young forward Giacomo Raspadori will hope to make an impact.
The only big absentee is wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola, who is still out the Achilles he suffered in the quarter-final against Belgium.
Considering Spain (Outright 3/1) are in a state of transition, a Euros semi-final was a good achievement for Luis Enrique’s side and now they could potentially add more silverware.
Several of Spain’s big hitters from their dominant period a decade ago have now retired and a new generation is coming through.
Enrique’s men lost their first World Cup qualifier against Sweden post-Euros suggesting something of a hangover but they did follow that up with wins against Georgia and Kosovo.
Barcelona prodigy Pedri will be a big miss as the 18-year-old recovers from injury though they can still call upon the experience of Sergio Busquets and Cesar Azpilicueta to give guidance to an otherwise young team.
The other semi-final sees Belgium take on France (Match betting – Belgium 19/10, draw 9/4, France 6/4) in a repeat of the final four contest at the World Cup three years ago which Les Bleus won.
Didier Deschamps’ men had a disappointing Euros with tension running through their camp up until their penalty shootout exit against Switzerland.
Draws against Bosnia and Ukraine weren’t the ideal response in World Cup qualifying though they did end the last international break with a 2-0 win against Finland.
However, perhaps more than any other nation on earth, France (Outright 9/4F) have strength in depth with Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe making up a frightening front line.
Belgium’s “Golden Generation” (Outright 11/4) is perhaps coming to the end of its cycle under Roberto Martinez as they seek to win a maiden international trophy.
The Red Devils were knocked out by Italy and will be desperate to prove their FIFA world number one status in the Nations League Finals.
Three comfortable wins in World Cup qualifying last month will have restored confidence and in Romelu Lukaku, they have one of the most feared strikers in world football currently.