On the subject of club v country, this is an interesting piece from Nick Ames. A few club managers will be sitting uncomfortably tonight.
Malta v Faroe Islands team news
Malta (3-4-2-1) Bonello; Shaw, Agius, S Borg; J Mbong, Guillaumier, Teuma, Camenzuli; Gambin, Degabriele; Montebello.
Faroe Islands (4-4-2) Gestsson; Rolantsson, O Faero, G Vatnhamar, V Davidsen; S Vatnhamar, Hansson, Hendriksson, Bjartalid; K Olsen, M Olsen.
Luxembourg v Azerbaijan team news
Luxembourg (3-4-1-2) Schon; Skenderovic, Gerson, Mahmutovic; Jans, Barreiro, Sinani, Michael Pinto; V Thill; Deville, E Muratovic.
Azerbaijan (4-4-2) Magomedaliyev; Seydiyev, B Huseynov, Badalov, Krivotsyuk; Mutallimov, Ibrahimli, Garayev, Salahli; Emreli, Sheydaev.
Montenegro v Cyprus team news
Montenegro (4-4-2) Mijatovic; M Vukcevic, Vujacic, Simic, Marusic; Boljevic, Bakic, Scekic, Haksabanovic; Mugosa, Jovetic.
Cyprus (4-3-3) Demetriou; Kyriakou, Laifis, Shelis, T Ioannou; Kousoulos, Artymatas, Kastanos; Pittas, Kakoulli, N Ioannou.
Andorra v Latvia team news
Andorra (4-4-2) Gomes; Jordi Rubio, Garcia, Emili Garcia, M San Nicolas; C Martinez, Rebes, Pujol, Cervos; Fernandez, M Vieira.
Latvia (4-4-2) Ozols; Savalnieks, Cernomordijs, Dubra, Jurkovskis; Kamess, Karklins, Zjuzins, Ciganiks; J Ikaunieks, Gutkovskis.
Gibraltar v Liechtenstein team news
Gibraltar (5-3-2) Coleing; Sergeant, Wiseman, R Chipolina, Olivero, Ronan; Badr, Annesley, Mouelhi; De Barr, L Walker.
Liechtenstein (4-1-4-1) Hobi; Brandle, Malin, Hofer, Goppel; Buchel; Frick, Frommelt, Hasler, Kuhne; Frick.
France v Sweden team news
Despite having the square root of bugger all to play for, Portugal have picked a very strong side. Maybe this is Club v Country 2: The Revenge.
France (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Pogba, Rabiot; Sissoko, Griezmann, Thuram; Giroud.
Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Danielson, Bengtsson; S Larsson, Olsson, Claesson, Forsberg; Kulusevski, Berg.
Spain v Germany team news
Spain (4-3-3) Unai Simon; Sergi Roberto, Ramos, Pau Torres, Gaya; Canales, Rodri, Koke; Dani Olmo, Morata, F Torres.
Substitutes: De Gea, Kepa, Cucurella, Inigo Martinez, Llorente, Gerard Moreno, Asensio, Traore, E Garcia, Fabian Ruiz, Oyarzabal, Merino.
Germany (4-3-3) Neuer; Ginter, Sule, Koch, Max; Goretzka, Gundogan, Kroos; Sane, Gnabry, Werner.
Substitutes: Leno, Trapp, Udokhai, Tah, Neuhaus, Amiri, Brandt, Waldschmidt, Henrichs, Stark, Dahoud.
Croatia v Portugal team news
Despite having the square root of bugger all to play for, Portugal have picked a pretty strong side.
Croatia (4-D-2) Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Skoric, Bradaric; Rog; Modric, Kovacic; Pasalic; Vlasic, Perisic.
Portugal (4-3-3) Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Ruben Semedo, Mario Rui; Danilo, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes; Joao Felix, Ronaldo, Diogo Jota.
This is it then: the sixth and final matchday of the 2020 Nations League. There are
eight games tonight and 18 tomorrow (pity the fool who’s doing that Clockwatch), and you don’t need a Brian Moore earworm to know that there’s plenty up for grabs.
The biggest game is in Seville: Spain v Germany, which will decide who qualifies for next year’s Nations League finals alongside France, Belgium or Denmark and one of Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. Spain have home advantage but Germany have the draw.
We’ll also have updates from the other seven games (Switzerland v Ukraine has been cancelled), all bar one of which will decide promotion and relegation from the various leagues. Here’s what’s at stake, with all the games kicking off at 7.45pm GMT.
- Croatia v Portugal
- France v Sweden
France have already qualified for next year’s finals, which means the holders Portugal won’t be defending their trophy. One of Croatia and Sweden – who both have three points – will be relegated to League B. Their head-to-head record and goal difference are the same, but Croatia have scored seven goals to Sweden’s three. In other words, Sweden need to get a better result than Croatia.
- Spain v Germany
- Switzerland v Ukraine (cancelled)
Spain v Germany will decide who wins the group and qualifies for next year’s finals. Spain have to win; Germany will go through with a draw. The other match in the group, Switzerland v Ukraine, has been cancelled after the entire Ukrainian squad was placed in quarantine.
- Luxembourg v Azerbaijan
- Montenegro v Cyprus
Montenegro will be promoted to League B if they beat Cyprus. If they don’t,
Luxembourg can pip them by winning against Azerbaijan. Either Azerbaijan (five points) or Cyprus (four) will be relegated.
- Malta v Faroe Islands
- Andorra v Latvia
Either Malta or the Faroe Islands will be promoted to League C. Malta need to win 1-0, 2-1 or by two clear goals (I think that’s right; I’ll be honest, there’s a 99.42 per cent chance I’ve cocked up one of these permutations). With no relegation from Group D – it’s as low as you can go – Latvia v Andorra is a dead rubber.
- Gibraltar v Liechtenstein
Gibraltar will be promoted to League C if they avoid defeat at home to Liechtenstein. If Liechtenstein win by any score they will top the group.
Confused? Of course you are, it’s the Nations League. But it’ll all make sense by 10pm tonight.