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Nations League - Football: Tuesday preview

The Nations League concludes on Tuesday with nine more matches, including Scotland's crucial clash with Ukraine in Poland.

There's plenty still to be resolved across Groups A to C with Iberian neighbours Portugal and Spain battling it out for the remaining finals place, while several other countries are still hoping for promotion or are at risk of relegation.

Draw enough for Scotland

WhatUkraine v Scotland, Nations League Group B1
WhereJozef Pilsudski Cracovia Stadium, Krakow, Poland
WhenTuesday 27th September, 2022, 19:45
How to watchPremier Sports 1
OddsUkraine 5/4, Draw 12/5, Scotland 2/1

After back-to-back wins over Ukraine and Republic of Ireland, Scotland have given themselves a great chance of promotion up to Group A and they will win Group B1 if they avoid defeat in Krakow against their nearest rivals.

With last week's 3-0 home success over the same opponents fresh in the memory, Steve Clarke's side will be confident of getting the job done even though the Ukrainians remain dangerous and underlined their ability with a 5-0 thrashing of Armenia on Saturday.

Scotland defenders Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna have been ruled out of the group decider and Clarke has problems at the back as he's already without captain Andy Robertson due to injury, while right-back Nathan Patterson picked up a serious knee injury last week and Aaron Hickey then pulled up against Ireland.

Hearts pair Barrie McKay and Stephen Kingsley have been called up to increase his options for the game against a Ukraine side that know they must win, an outcome that is available at 5/4, if they are to be promoted ahead of the Scots.

Republic of Ireland host Armenia in the other game in the group, meanwhile, with the Irish needing to avoid defeat in order to stay up. The visitors know only a win will do if they want to keep their place in the second tier.

Portugal eye remaining finals place

WhatPortugal v Spain, Nations League Group A2
WhereEstadio Municipal, Braga, Portugal
WhenTuesday 27th September, 2022, 19:45
How to watchBoxNation
OddsPortugal 13/10, Draw 21/10, Spain 23/10

Hosts Portugal know a draw against Spain will be enough for them to qualify for next summer's Nations League finals at their neighbours' expense in Group A2.

Portugal won impressively in the Czech Republic on Saturday, coming out on top 4-0 thanks to goals from Manchester United pair Diogo Dalot, who scored twice, and Bruno Fernandes, while Liverpool forward Diogo Jota was also on target.

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Spain slipped up at home to Switzerland over the weekend, going down 2-1, to leave them second in the standings, so only a victory will do for Luis Enrique's men if they are to finish in top spot.

Portugal or draw in the double chance market at 1/3 appeals as Fernando Santos' men aim to join the Netherlands, Croatia and either Hungary or Italy in the finals.

Switzerland will be relegated to League B if they lose at home to the Czechs in the other game, while the visitors need a victory in St Gallen, on offer at 19/4, in order to stay up.

Norway and Serbia face off for promotion

WhatNorway v Serbia, Nations League Group B4
WhereUllevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway
WhenTuesday 27th September, 2022, 19:45
How to watchN/A
OddsNorway 11/8, Draw 23/10, Serbia 2/1

It is finely poised in Group B4 ahead of Tuesday's final matches with both Norway and Serbia, who square off in Oslo, locked together on 10 points at the top.

Norway, who lost 2-1 at Slovenia on Saturday, will go up if they avoid defeat due to their 1-0 win over Serbia in the away game earlier in the campaign. Serbia, who caught the eye with a 4-1 home victory over Sweden over the weekend, will be promoted if they win.

Manchester City star Erling Haaland transferred his stunning early-season club form onto the international stage with the opener for Norway at the weekend and he is a tempting 21/20 to score anytime against Serbia.

Sweden are at home to Slovenia in the other game and the hosts will be relegated to League C if they lose, while Slovenia will suffer that fate unless they win. Sweden are 8/11 to win, the draw is 5/2 and a Slovenia victory is 4/1.

Northern Ireland have survival hope

WhatGreece v Northern Ireland, Nations League Group C2
WhereStadio Georgios Kamaras, Athens, Greece
WhenTuesday 27th September, 2022, 19:45
How to watchFreesports
OddsGreece 10/11, Draw 11/5, Northern Ireland 7/2

Northern Ireland finally got their first ever victory in the Nations League when they came from behind late on to beat Kosovo 2-1 on Saturday and now they must try and avoid defeat against group winners Greece to stay up.

With Kosovo currently second on six points and NI and Cyprus both just a point behind, it's a complicated situation in Group C2 but Ian Baraclough's side know a draw or win will be enough regardless of how Kosovo versus Cyprus plays out.

Kosovo will enter the relegation play-outs if they lose and Northern Ireland avoid defeat, while Cyprus will enter the relegation play-outs if they lose, unless Northern Ireland are beaten in Athens by four goals (or possibly three, depending on overall goals scored), or if Cyprus draw and Northern Ireland avoid defeat.

With Greece already assured of qualification, they lost 1-0 to Cyprus on Saturday and they may not be as motivated as the Green and White Army, who are 4/5 in the draw/win double chance market.

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