There are some enticing games to look forward to in the competition during the October international break.
International football return on October as a break from the domestic campaigns all across Europe. Club rivals will suit up once again for their respective nations to compete in the UEFA Nations League. While in September, fans saw some exciting encounters, Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the first European footballer and the second man ever to score 100+ goals in international football. Now with the next round coming up within days, we look at the top five games to witness in the second round of UEFA Nations League this season.
5. Germany Vs Switzerland (October 13)
Germany and Switzerland will face each other in the UEFA Nations League on October 13. The FIFA World Cup 2014 winners have shown good value for their performances but have collected only two points from their two games so far. Their last fixture saw them relinquish their lead at the last moments of the game to settle for a 1-1 draw against Spain.
Germany will look to get back to winning ways but face a tricky opponent in Switzerland who are more than capable of punching above their weight.
4. Portugal Vs Sweden (October 14)
Portugal faces off with Sweden in a repeat of the fixture from September, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to create history by becoming the first European footballer and the second-ever footballer to score 100 international goals. The legendary forward is now only eight goals behind the all-time record set by Ali Daei and will lead the inaugural UEFA Nations League champions.
He will be hungry to add to his tally in the coming round of fixtures and continue his relentless pursuit of records and trophies. Ronaldo has now scored 30 goals for club and country this year which is the highest in Europe, despite being 35, another amazing stat attributed to the relentless Portuguese.
3. Italy Vs the Netherlands (October 14)
Frank de Boer will have his first big task as the new Netherlands manager cut out for him against Italy. The Italians have been in great form, with their last defeat in a competitive fixture being in 2018 against Portugal. Since then, the Azzurri have won 14 and drawn only two games.
The current Netherlands side has all the qualities of a world class team and will be led by an inspirational figure in Virgil van Dijk. Italy defeated the Netherlands in their previous meeting in Amsterdam with a goal from Nicolo Barella and will look to get a positive result out of this game to hold top spot in the group.
2. England Vs Belgium (October 11)
England and Belgium feature in the headline face off in a match featuring world-class talent on each side, Manchester City team-mates Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne will face one another while the attack of Belgium will look to give it to the backline of Harry Maguire and James Tarkowski.
Belgium might be without their star winger Eden Hazard who will reportedly miss the entire month due to a muscle injury. But the away side will have enough reinforcements in place for the former Chelsea winger. This game is expected to be a high-scoring encounter between two teams, who know each other very well.
1. France Vs Portugal (October 11)
A repeat of the UEFA Euro 2016 final is set to take place between France and Portugal as the French look to further strengthen their hold on Group 3. The clash is among the most expectant with so much quality on show. Manchester United team-mates Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba will go against each other among many other battles that are to be including the big one between Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.
It is set as a clash between the defending world champions and the European champions.