Nations League: England, Wales and France in danger of relegation, Scotland chasing promotion

The present worldwide break will see the fruits of the Nations League group levels, which means promotions, relegations and development to subsequent summer season’s finals will all be secured over the subsequent week.

The motion started on Wednesday when Scotland beat Ukraine at Hampden Park, with matches then going down each evening till Tuesday.

Some of the continent’s largest sides, together with England and France, are near dropping out of the highest league, whereas Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are additionally in danger of relegation.

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England are backside of their Nations League group with two matches to play

Scotland have loved a extra productive marketing campaign and are in competition for promotion to the highest tier, whereas Denmark and the Netherlands are inside touching distance of claiming their locations in the ultimate 4.

But with three months having handed since the latest Nations League fixtures, here is a reminder of the league tables, the video games nonetheless to be performed and what’s at stake over the subsequent seven days.

How does the Nations League work?

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France have fun their Nations League victory over Spain in the ultimate in October 2021

Europe’s sides have been divided into 4 leagues, with A, B and C containing 16 groups and D containing seven. Leagues A, B and C have then been break up into 4 teams of 4, whereas League D has one group of 4 and one of three.

Teams grouped collectively are taking part in one another dwelling and away. The group winners in Leagues B, C and D will likely be promoted to the subsequent league up, whereas the groups ending backside of their teams in Leagues A, B and C will likely be relegated to the decrease division.

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There is not any relegation from League D, whereas the 4 group winners in League A will progress to the finals, which will likely be held subsequent summer season.

What else is at stake?

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North Macedonia certified for Euro 2020 via the play-offs, which they reached due to their Nations League efficiency

Performance in the Nations League may even be used to find out seeding for Euro 2024 qualifying, with the draw going down on October 9 and matches being held between March and November 2023.

Teams that fail to succeed in Euro 2024 via qualifying can nonetheless attain the match through the play-offs, that are determined by Nations League placings.

The groups that end highest in their teams – and don’t qualify for Euro 2024 on the first try – in Leagues A, B and C will likely be entered into the play-offs, which happen in March 2024.

Each league can have 4 groups in its play-off part, with semi-finals and finals being performed to find out which sides – one from every of Leagues A, B and C – safe a spot at Euro 2024.

The present state of play

The remaining two matchdays will happen in the course of the present worldwide break however, regardless of the tip of the group stage being close to, just one workforce has secured promotion, whereas none of the relegation locations have been determined.

League A

Group A1

Group A1: Remaining fixtures

  • Croatia vs Denmark – Zagreb, Thursday September 22
  • France vs Austria – Saint-Denis, Thursday September 22
  • Austria vs Croatia – Vienna, Sunday September 25
  • Denmark vs France – Copenhagen, Sunday September 25

France are the reigning Nations League champions however have already blown their possibilities of retaining their title after choosing up simply two factors from their first 4 fixtures.

Didier Deschamps’ world champions misplaced at dwelling to Denmark and Croatia in June, which means they can’t high Group A1 and don’t have any likelihood of reaching subsequent summer season’s finals.

The remaining three sides can all nonetheless end first however, realistically, high spot seems to be to be a two-horse race between present leaders Denmark and second-placed Croatia.

Thursday evening will likely be key to deciding the destiny of the 4 sides. If Denmark win in Zagreb then they are going to assure their standing as group winners with a match to spare, whereas an Austria win in France will consign the hosts to relegation.

Group A2

Group A2: Remaining fixtures

  • Czech Republic vs Portugal – Prague, Saturday September 24
  • Spain vs Switzerland – Zaragoza, Saturday September 24
  • Portugal vs Spain – Braga, Tuesday September 27
  • Switzerland vs Czech Republic – St Gallen, Tuesday September 27

Everything continues to be very a lot to play for in Group A2, with the one certainty being that Spain can’t be relegated to League B.

Luis Enrique’s facet – who completed as runners-up in the earlier Nations League – are at present high of the desk and will guarantee they continue to be there in the event that they beat bottom-placed Switzerland in Zaragoza on Saturday and then keep away from defeat to Portugal on Tuesday.

Portugal are Spain’s nearest challengers, which means subsequent week’s fixture between the perimeters in Braga might decide who qualifies for subsequent summer season’s finals.

Czech Republic can theoretically nonetheless end high however a battle to complete above Switzerland and keep away from relegation appears extra probably. The assembly between the 2 groups in St Gallen on Tuesday is more likely to be key.

Group A3

Group A3: Remaining fixtures

  • Germany vs Hungary – Leipzig, Friday September 23
  • Italy vs England – Milan, Friday September 23
  • England vs Germany – Wembley, Monday September 26
  • Hungary vs Italy – Budapest, Monday September 26

When A3 was drawn, Hungary shortly gave the impression to be the favourites to complete backside of this highly-competitive group, however Marco Rossi’s facet have collected seven factors from their first 4 video games and at present sit high of the desk.

Hungary’s most up-to-date fixture noticed them pull off a shock 4-0 win over England at Wembley in June. Their sport in opposition to Germany in Leipzig on Friday will likely be essential, with the winners figuring out one other victory on the ultimate matchday on Monday will assure them a spot in the finals.

Italy are simply two factors behind Hungary and face them in Budapest subsequent week, which means the European champions are very a lot nonetheless in competition in Group A3.

The solely workforce that can’t attain the finals are England, who’re winless and face a tricky activity to keep away from the ignominy of relegation to League B for the primary time.

Defeat to Italy on Friday will verify relegation for Gareth Southgate’s workforce, who realistically should win in Milan and at dwelling to Germany on Monday in the event that they wish to keep up.

Group A4

Group A4: Remaining fixtures

  • Belgium vs Wales – Brussels, Thursday September 22
  • Poland vs Netherlands – Warsaw, Thursday September 22
  • Netherlands vs Belgium – Amsterdam, Sunday September 25
  • Wales vs Poland – Cardiff, Sunday September 25

A4 has confirmed to be the least aggressive of the League A teams, with the Netherlands and Belgium in a two-way combat for high spot and Poland and Wales scrapping to keep away from relegation.

The former sides at present have the higher hand in each instances, with the Netherlands’ three-point lead on the high of the group which means 4 factors from their remaining two matches – away to Poland and at dwelling to Belgium – will likely be sufficient to qualify for the finals.

Wales know that successful their remaining two video games – away to Belgium and at dwelling to Poland – will likely be sufficient to stay in League A.

That will likely be simpler stated than achieved, nonetheless, and Rob Page’s facet will likely be hoping that Poland, who’re at present three factors clear of Wales, stay in touching distance once they meet in Cardiff on Monday on the ultimate matchday.

League B

Group B1

Group B1: Remaining fixtures

  • Scotland vs Ukraine – Glasgow, Wednesday September 21
  • Armenia vs Ukraine – Yerevan, Saturday September 24
  • Scotland vs Republic of Ireland – Glasgow, Saturday September 24
  • Republic of Ireland vs Armenia – Dublin, Tuesday September 27
  • Ukraine vs Scotland – Krakow (Poland), Tuesday September 27

The problem to complete high in Group B1 continues to be extensive open due to Scotland and Ukraine. Steve Clarke’s facet are at present two factors clear after their 3-0 win in opposition to the Ukrainians on Wednesday.

The pair face one another once more in Krakow on Tuesday – designated as Ukraine’s dwelling match – which might determine which of Ukraine or Scotland are promoted to League A with each taking part in one other sport in between.

The Republic of Ireland can nonetheless end high however, given they’re three factors behind Ukraine and have performed a sport extra, ending above bottom-placed Armenia and avoiding the drop into League C is their most urgent subject.

Stephen Kenny’s facet host Armenia in Dublin on Tuesday, with a win being sufficient to ensure security.

Group B2

Group B2: Remaining fixtures

  • Israel vs Albania – Tel Aviv, Saturday September 24
  • Albania vs Iceland – Tirana, Tuesday September 27

Only two fixtures nonetheless must be performed in B2 as a result of Russia’s disqualification after their invasion of Ukraine however all three remaining sides can nonetheless end high of the group.

Israel will assure promotion to League A in the event that they beat Albania on Saturday. However, a win for Albania in Tel Aviv means the winner of their conflict with Iceland on Tuesday will go up on the expense of Israel.

If Israel and Albania draw, then Albania will likely be unable to complete high, however Iceland will achieve this in the event that they win and rating greater than as soon as away to Albania.

Russia’s ban means they are going to robotically be relegated to League C.

Group B3

Group B3: Remaining fixtures

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Montenegro – Zenica, Friday September 23
  • Finland vs Romania – Helsinki, Friday September 23
  • Montenegro vs Finland – Podgorica, Monday September 26
  • Romania vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bucharest, Monday September 26

Bosnia and Herzegovina are effectively positioned for promotion to League A and will safe that achievement in the event that they beat Montenegro at dwelling on Friday.

However, a win for Montenegro means they are going to be capable to end high in the event that they comply with that up with a victory at dwelling to Finland on Monday.

Finland can even declare high spot however should take three factors at dwelling to Romania and away to Montenegro, whereas hoping Bosnia and Herzegovina fail to win each their matches, if they’re to take action.

Romania are at present backside of Group B3 and will likely be relegated in the event that they lose in Finland – who’re some extent forward of them – on Friday. A draw or a Romania win means the battle to keep away from the drop will go all the way down to the ultimate matchday.

Group B4

Group B4: Remaining fixtures

  • Slovenia vs Norway – Ljubljana, Saturday September 24
  • Serbia vs Sweden – Belgrade, Saturday September 24
  • Norway vs Serbia – Oslo, Tuesday September 27
  • Sweden vs Slovenia – Solna, Tuesday September 27

Promotion from Group B4 to League A is a two-horse race between Norway and Serbia, with the previous holding a three-point benefit with two matches to go.

If Norway declare 4 factors from their remaining two video games – the second of which is at dwelling to Serbia on Tuesday – then they are going to safe high spot. But a defeat for Norway in Slovenia on Saturday, coupled with a Serbia win at dwelling to Sweden, means promotion will go to the victor of the match between the highest two sides in Oslo.

Relegation may additionally be selected the ultimate matchday, when backside facet Slovenia journey to Sweden, who sit one place and one level above their guests. However, Sweden will assure survival in the event that they win each of their remaining matches.

League C

Group C1

Group C1: Remaining fixtures

  • Lithuania vs Faroe Islands – Vilnius, Thursday September 22
  • Turkey vs Luxembourg – Istanbul, Thursday September 22
  • Faroe Islands vs Turkey – Torshavn, Sunday September 25
  • Luxembourg vs Lithuania – Luxembourg, Sunday September 25

Turkey’s vastly superior purpose distinction means they basically want only a single level from their remaining two video games – at dwelling to Luxembourg and away to the Faroe Islands – to safe promotion to League B.

However, Luxembourg nonetheless have a faint hope of overhauling Turkey, and will achieve this in the event that they win in Istanbul on Thursday and at dwelling to Lithuania on Sunday, when in addition they want Turkey to lose in opposition to the Faroe Islands.

Lithuania are on the verge of relegation and can have that standing confirmed if they do not win at dwelling to the Faroe Islands on Thursday. Their dire purpose distinction means they are going to probably have to then win in Luxembourg and hope the Faroe Islands lose in opposition to Turkey if they’re to remain up.

Group C2

Group C2: Remaining fixtures

  • Northern Ireland vs Kosovo – Belfast, Saturday September 24
  • Cyprus vs Greece – Larnaca, Saturday September 24
  • Greece vs Northern Ireland – Athens, Tuesday September 27
  • Kosovo vs Cyprus – Prishtina, Tuesday September 27

C2 is the one one of the 14 Nations League teams in which promotion has already been determined; Greece will likely be taking part in in League B subsequent time round after successful all 4 of their opening fixtures.

The relegation state of affairs continues to be up in the air, although, with Northern Ireland in the thick of issues. Ian Baraclough’s facet have simply two factors from a potential 12 and solely sit above bottom-placed Cyprus on purpose distinction.

Northern Ireland are more likely to keep up in the event that they win each their matches in opposition to Kosovo and Greece however would nonetheless want Cyprus to drop factors in opposition to both Greece or Kosovo to make certain.

Kosovo are 4 factors clear of relegation however can be dragged into danger in the event that they lose at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Group C3

Group C3: Remaining fixtures

  • Kazakhstan vs Belarus – Astana, Thursday September 22
  • Slovakia vs Azerbaijan – Trnava, Thursday September 22
  • Azerbaijan vs Kazakhstan – Baku, Sunday September 25
  • Slovakia vs Belarus – Trnava, Sunday September 25

Kazakhstan are in prime place to complete high of Group C3 and will safe a spot in League B in the event that they beat bottom-side Belarus at dwelling on Thursday.

Belarus are two factors from security and might have to win each of their matches and hope Azerbaijan drop factors if they’re to remain up, given they’ve already performed each of their video games in opposition to the third-placed facet.

A win for Slovakia at dwelling to Azerbaijan on Thursday will guarantee they can’t be relegated, however they have to additionally beat Belarus in Bucharest on Sunday and hope that Kazakhstan win neither of their remaining fixtures in the event that they wish to end high.

Azerbaijan nonetheless have a glimmer of hope in relation to promotion however should beat Slovakia and Kazakhstan whereas additionally hoping the latter lose in opposition to Belarus if they’re to go up.

Group C4

Group C4: Remaining fixtures

  • Georgia vs North Macedonia – Tbilisi, Friday September 23
  • Bulgaria vs Gibraltar – Razgrad, Friday September 23
  • Gibraltar vs Georgia – Gibraltar, Monday September 26
  • North Macedonia vs Bulgaria – Skopje, Monday September 26

Promotion from Group C4 is between Georgia and North Macedonia, who face off in Tbilisi on Friday. Anything aside from a win for the guests is more likely to safe high spot for the hosts, who’re three factors clear in first place and have a far superior purpose distinction.

Bulgaria and Gibraltar are the one two sides that may be relegated and come head-to-head in Razgrad on Friday evening. A win for the house facet, who’re two factors clear of the bottom-placed guests, will safe survival.

Draws or wins for North Macedonia and Gibraltar in these matches will make sure the battles for promotion and relegation from Group C4 go all the way down to the ultimate matchday on Monday.

League D

Group D1

Group D1: Remaining fixtures

  • Latvia vs Moldova – Riga, Thursday September 22
  • Liechtenstein vs Andorra – Vaduz, Thursday September 22
  • Andorra vs Latvia – Andorra la Vella, Sunday September 25
  • Moldova vs Liechtenstein – Chisinau, Sunday September 25

Latvia are in pole place for promotion to League C, a destiny they will safe just by avoiding defeat at dwelling to Moldova on Thursday.

Should they lose that sport, Latvia will nonetheless end high in the event that they win in Andorra on Sunday.

Moldova should win in Latvia and at dwelling to Liechtenstein, whereas hoping Latvia additionally fall to defeat in opposition to Andorra, if they’re to assert high spot.

Neither Andorra nor Liechtenstein can end high.

Group D2

Group D2: Remaining fixtures

  • Estonia vs Malta – Tallinn, Friday September 23
  • San Marino vs Estonia – Serravalle, Monday September 26

A win or a draw for Estonia at dwelling to Malta on Friday will verify promotion to League C for the hosts.

Estonia can nonetheless declare high spot even when they lose to Malta, however must beat San Marino – who’re assured to complete backside – on Monday and guarantee they end with a superior purpose distinction to their rivals.

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