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2020-21 UEFA Nations League draw announced

The UEFA’s Nation League announced their draw for the second edition of the tournament on March 3 in Amsterdam.

With 55 associations as part of UEFA, they are split into four Leagues based on their position in the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings. Sixteen nations will be competing in Leagues A through C while only seven compete in League D.

There are some intriguing matchups in the group stage for the competition, specifically for those who are in League A. 

For Group 1, the Netherlands, who finished as the runners-up in the inaugural edition, face off against Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Poland. 

In Group 2, England will face off against Belgium, who they lost to in the 2018 FIFA World Cup third-place match, Denmark, and Iceland, the surprise of the 2016 European Championship.

Group 3 consists of a rematch of the 2016 European Championship final as Portugal, who won the UEFA Nations League last year, battle France, the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions. Sweden and  Croatia, the runners-up in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are also in the group.

Rounding off League A, Group 4 contains Spain, Germany, Switzerland, who finished fourth in the competition last year, and Ukraine. 

The league phase was set to begin in early September, However due to the corona virus outbreak no dates are now known, If this edition is anything like the inaugural one, football fans are in for a treat.

League B is where we find the other Home Nations with Wales and the Republic of Ireland drawn together in Group 4 alongside Finland and Bulgaria.  Northern Ireland are in Group 1 alongside Austria, Norway and Romania. Scotland meanwhile will face Czech Republic, Slovakia and Israel. The remaining Group contains Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Hungary.

 

 

Match Preview: Feyenoord VS Manchester City

Manchester City kick off their Champions League campaign tonight with a tricky away trip to Dutch champions Feyenoord. Guardiola will be going into this seasons instalment of the competition thinking his side can definitely top group F. The blues have been drawn in a group with tonight’s opponents Feyenoord, Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk. Along with the group and the amount that City have spent surely Guardiola will be looking at winning The Champions League this season?

 

Tonight will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides and Guardiola will be wary of the potential banana skin that awaits them. Feyenoord have started well this season. They lead the Eredivisie, with four wins from four games, and appear to be buoyed by their glorious title win in May, their first since 1999.

It’s certainly a match between two in-form sides.

 

City could remarkably have Ederson in net tonight in Holland even after the Brazilian required eight stitches after a collision with Sadio Mane in the 5-0 win against Liverpool. Guardiola will also have Raheem Sterling back after his recent suspension but skipper Vincent Kompany will be out although he is nearly back to full fitness. For Feyenoord Nicolai Jørgensen will miss out after only lasting 22 minutes in Feyenoord’s 4-2 win away to Heracles at the weekend. Michiel Kramer is set to play up front in his absence.

 

Guardiola may look to deploy the deadly duo of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as they look to carry on from their brilliant display against Liverpool. City didn’t win a single game away from home in The Champions League last season and that is a record that the club will want to put right and I question whether the Dutch champions will be able to withstand the pressure that City will be applying.

 

For me I’m feeling a big win for City to follow on from the results posted by both Manchester United and Chelsea yesterday. My prediction is 4-0 to Manchester City.

 

How do you feel the game will go tonight? Can City win The Champions League? Let  us know in the comments section below…

Should Leicester City sign this free agent?

Leicester City have made a poor start to the current 2017/18 Premier League season having won just one of their opening three games with the other two coming in as losses.

 

With this in mind and the fact that the transfer window has slammed shut should Craig Shakespeare go after a free agent to bolster the defence of his squad?

 

The free agent that Leicester could make a move for is Bacary Sagna who is the versatile right-back that Leicester could be looking at adding to the squad. Sagna will bring with him a wealth of experience at the top of the game having played for Arsenal, Manchester City and he also made 65 appearances for the France senior team.

 

Sagna is available to join another club outside the transfer window as he is a free agent after leaving City earlier this summer and he is set to be one of the most in-demand free agents on the market.

 

The 34-year-old spent three seasons at City after joining from Arsenal on a free transfer, making 85 appearances in all competitions for the Etihad club during his time there.

 

The right-back started 17 Premier League games last season, but his contract at the Etihad was not extended when it expired in June with City bringing in two new right-backs in Kyle Walker and Danilo.

 

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is keen to bring in cover and competition for regular right-back Danny Simpson, and Sagna would fit the bill as he would have no problem settling in having spent the last 10 years playing in the Premier League.

 

Do you think Bacary Sagna would be a good addition to the Leicester City team? Let us know in the comments section below.

Arsenal should look to add this proven Premier League defender to their ranks

Arsenal have made a poor start to the new Premier League season, winning just one of their opening three games, and have conceded eight goals.

Following their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Sunday, many supporters were again calling for change to the clubs management and hierarchy. New striker Alexandre Lacazette was left on the bench, whilst Alex Oxlade Chamberlain started despite rumours that he was set to leave the club before Thursdays transfer deadline.

Also with reports that Shkodran Mustafi wants to leave after only 12 months with the club, it leaves Arsenal short of centre half’s and needing to head into the transfer market very late on in the window.

With this in mind, the ‘Gunners’ should turn their attentions to Southampton centre half Virgil Van Dijk.

Virgil Van Dijk – The Dutch centre half has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s throughout the summer, with Liverpool expressing an interest, but with Arsenal needing to add quality to their defensive ranks Van Dijk would be the perfect fit.

Having joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015, he has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the club, helping them also to 17 clean sheets. Van Dijk also chips in with a few goals, as he has found the back of the net on 20 occasions for the three clubs he has played for.

With his wealth of experience Van Dijk would be the perfect fit to tighten up the Arsenal backline, but with him being one of the most in demand defenders in the Premier League, Arsenal are going to have to stump big money if they are to land him.

Arsenal fans would you like to see Van Dijk at your club? Let us know in the comments below…