Europe’s international break comes to a climactic close on Wednesday when 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists France and Croatia are due to clash again in the UEFA Nations League group phase.
Theirs is one of top-tier matchups as the power balance continues to shift in League A. England host Denmark after coming from behind to take top spot from Belgium in Group A2, while the Netherlands are hopeful of building any momentum under new management.
Only three matches remain for teams to rally in the hopes of finishing first and advancing to the next stage of the Nations League, and Matchday 4 promises more surprises from Europe’s elite.
What tv channel is UEFA Nations League on?
In the US, fans can watch some UEFA Nations League matches on TUDN while a few matches will be featured on ESPN2. Every UEFA Nations League match is available streaming live on fuboTV.
Matchday 4 Schedule
Tuesday, October 13
Azerbaijan vs. Cyprus, 12 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra2
Latvia vs. Malta, 12 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra1
Faroe Islands vs. Andorra, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra3
Liechtenstein vs. San Marino, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra4
Germany vs. Switzerland, 2:45 p.m. ET - ESPN2, TUDNxtra1
Ukraine vs. Spain, 2:45 p.m. ET - Unimas
Montenegro vs. Luxembourg, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra2
Wednesday, October 14
Italy vs. Netherlands, 2:45 p.m. ET - ESPN2, TUDNxtra2
England vs. Denmark, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra3
Iceland vs. Belgium, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra5
Croatia vs. France, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra1
Portugal vs. Sweden, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDN, Unimas
Finland vs. Republic of Ireland, 12 p.m. ET - TUDN
Lithuania vs. Albania, 12 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra
Poland vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra4
Bulgaria vs. Wales, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra9
Greece vs. Kosovo, 2:45 p.m. ET
Belarus vs. Kazakhstan 2:45 p.m. ET
Moldova vs. Slovenia, 2:45 p.m. ET
North Macedonia vs. Georgia, 2:45 p.m. ET
Norway vs. Northern Ireland, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra7
Romania vs. Austria, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra8
Russia vs. Hungary, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra6
Scotland vs. Czech Republic, 2:45 p.m. ET
Slovakia vs. Israel, 2:45 p.m. ET
Turkey vs. Serbia, 2:45 p.m. ET - TUDNxtra10
Croatia vs. France (A3)
TV Info: TUDNxtra
Live Stream: fuboTV
France and Croatia have gone from passing ships to frequent adversaries in recent times, with Wednesday’s encounter set to be their third in a little more than two years. After a seven-year gap between meetings, the two teams warred for the last World Cup in Russia when it was Les Bleus who emerged as confident victors:
Didier Deschamps’ side have won each of those last two clashes with the Croats 4-2, and there’s every need to keep the pressure up as they sit second to Portugal in Group A3 via goal difference. A 0-0 stalemate on Sunday saw the level-pegging duo drop points for the first time in this competition, while Croatia struck late to beat Sweden 2-1 and secure their first win.
Coach Zlatko Dalic has bad memories facing the French, but a win at the Maksimir Stadium in midweek would pull his men within a point of the world champions to revive their Nations League hopes.
Croatia can hope for an upset considering the teams has lost only once at home in the past seven years, although France look like intimidating guests following four wins in as many road games.
The hosts will be without suspended Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, while Deschamps could recall 17-year-old prodigy Eduardo Camavinga to his starting XI.
England vs. Denmark (A2)
TV Info: TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV
England lead Group A2 after an ugly comeback win over Belgium, with the Three Lions hungry to extend their seven-match winning streak at Wembley when they host Denmark on Wednesday.
Gareth Southgate’s side clinched a vital three points thanks in large part to a fortuitous deflection on Mason Mount’s winning shot, but the manager saw positives in his side’s ability to hold the Red Devils at bay, via beIN Sports:
The manager encountered some criticism for deploying three right-backs in Sunday’s starting XI, but a win over the world’s top-ranked team went some way to making up for England’s two losses to Belgium at the last World Cup:
Denmark held England to a scoreless draw when these teams met in Copenhagen last month. Victory could catapult Kasper Hjulmand’s side to the top of the group if they win by a large enough margin, and confidence is high after one-sided wins over the Faroe Islands (4-0) and Iceland (3-0).
Southgate could hand starts to the likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Conor Coady after they started on the bench against Belgium, while left-back Ben Chilwell is a slight doubt due to fitness.
Italy vs. Netherlands (A1)
TV Channel: TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV
Frank de Boer’s tenure as Netherlands coach has gotten off to an uninspired start, with De Oranje looking anything but vibrant as they’ve failed to score in each of his first two games in charge. The most recent of those came in the shape of a 0-0 stalemate against Bosnia & Herzegovina, allowing unbeaten Italy to keep a one-point lead at the head of Group A1.
Dutch football expert Michael Bell didn’t hold back in his dismayed assessment of De Boer’s start to life as national team boss, particularly due to the fact he considered it so predictable:
The Azzurri may have been disappointed to draw 0-0 at Poland on Sunday, but the result at least extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches (including friendlies). Italy have kept clean sheets in their last three games and will be considered favorites to triumph at Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, where they hope to stretch a run of six games unbeaten against the Dutch (three wins, three draws).
Torino striker Andrea Belotti is suspended for the hosts, but Lazio’s Ciro Immobile—who topped the Serie A scoring charts last season (36 goals)—is a very capable replacement.
Atalanta anchor Marten de Roon will also miss out for the Netherlands due to suspension, though the likely return of Memphis Depay should bring some joy for the visitors.