Now that league football is underway, including the highly-popular Premier League, Bundesliga, and La Liga, fans and bettors tend to overlook international matches. However, international competitions are about to get more exciting as the UEFA Nations League kicks off. But what is the new competition all about, and who are the teams to watch out for now that a new avenue for Bitcoin sports betting opportunities unfolds.
The UEFA Nationals League is a fresh competition since the association’s last creation in 1960. It features a new take on international matches. As we all know, international football only comes alive during the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship, and the Nationals League can further elevate the levels of excitement in the international side of the sport.
Theoretically, the introduction of the competition will turn down the number of friendlies. This adds an edge to the new league. In addition to that, UEFA based the seedings for the leagues on the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings, which means less disparity between the competing teams. UEFA have balanced the groups well. This goes hand in hand with the promotion and relegation aspect of the competition as well.
UEFA Nationals League Mechanics
55 European teams take part in the competition, divided into four primary leagues (A-D), and four smaller groups (1-4). UEFA hosted the draw in January. The competition takes place biennially, while the league phase runs between September and November.
There can only be one winner, and that team will move from the League A groups. All four League A, group winners, face each other in a knockout round featuring a semi-final, third-place playoff, and a final.
Apart from League A teams, the four group winners of the remaining leagues will gain promotion, and the four teams that finish at the bottom of the groups get relegated. The only drawback concerns League C where the three fourth-placed sides suffer relegation and the lowest ranking third place team. Lastly, League D teams don’t have to fear relegation as they are already at the bottom.
Here’s a glimpse of the groups and early betting odds for each team:
League A Groups and Odds
Czech Republic (15/8)
Bosnia & Herzigova (6/5)
Northern Ireland (7/2)
Republic of Ireland
San Marino (150/1)
Faroe Islands (7/1)
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