Top 5 games to watch out for in November's international break
Written by: Waseem Zaidi
For the next week, International football will occupy the television screens with some appetising action on offer.
The third international break of the season has come calling and with it a series of mouth-watering fixtures that will catch the eyes of football fans all over the globe.
European countries are grabbing a lot of attention thanks to the UEFA Nations League which pits the best teams from the continent against each other. Apart from that, there is a lot to offer from other corners of the world as well.
Therefore, we pick the top-five games that one must watch in the upcoming international break.
Croatia vs Spain - 15 November 2018
The last meeting between these heavyweights of European football ended up in Spain's favour, putting six goals past Croatia without reply, an utter humiliation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 silver-medalists.
This UEFA Nations League matchup gives a perfect opportunity for Zlatko Dalic and his men to avenge their earlier defeat and win their first game of this competition.
The Spanish side, under the new boss, Luis Enrique have looked dangerous on the ball, almost unplayable on occasion.
However, a narrow defeat to England last time around was a small hiccup in an otherwise exceptional run. A total 14 goals in last four games in all competitions make them one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Brazil vs Uruguay - 16 November 2019
This iconic South American clash between two giants in Brazil and Uruguay will be played at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal. The friendly is sure to provide buckets full of entertainment when South American flair will be on full flow in London.
Brazil are on a good run of late. With a victory against arch-rivals Argentina in their previous fixture, the Selecao are undefeated in their last four.
As for the Uruguayan side, despite narrowingly losing their last match to Japan, they are on song when it comes to scoring. Eight goals in the last three games make them tough competitors in every aspect. This particular fixture has all the makings of a goal-fest.
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Netherlands vs France - 16 November 2018
In the previous clash between these two nations, it was France that came out as winners by a 2-1 scoreline, where the Netherlands team were outplayed by a strong display from the reigning world champions.
Since then, the Flying Dutchmen thwarted away the Germans 3-0 in their next Nations League fixture and are looking strong to turn tides in their favour against the Les Bleus.
Memphis Depay has been on a hot streak this season and will be a constant threat going forward for the Netherlands.
Italy vs Portugal - 17 November 2018
Italy are in a replenishing phase, after failing to qualify for the World Cup 2018, they have had a series of makeshifts in their backroom staff and the results are slowly coming their way. Having only won just a single game in their Group three of League A among Poland and Portugal, they face a stiff challenge against the current European Champions.
They just have to make sure to not to drop any points to give third-placed Poland any chance of moving up and making sure that Gli Azzurri stays in the group. In the reverse fixture, Portugal edged Italy with a strike from their growing star Andre Silva.
Portugal will be without Cristiano Ronaldo and their attack might face some problems against the tall defence of Italy featuring Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
Germany vs Netherlands - 19 November 2018
UEFA Nations League has received many praises for the reason that it brings such exciting clashes thick & fast. Right after facing France, the next match-up for the Flying Dutchmen is a tie against Die Mannschaft.
The reverse fixture was a disappointing one for Joachim Low’s men. Despite having more control of the game, the inability to convert their chances cost the game.
The next meeting between these two solid sides will serve as a perfect opportunity for Germans to finally win their first Nations League fixture.
It will be interesting to see how the teams perform, but the highlight of this international break will be Wayne Rooney's England testimonial match against USA on 16th November. The former Three Lions skipper is his nation's highest-ever goalscorer, and this will be his last outing with Gareth Southgate's men.
There we have it, an incredible series of matches to look forward to during the international break spread across various different fronts.
Published: Thu Nov 15, 2018 03:17 PM IST