The third edition of the UEFA Nations League is well under way. With four matchdays already played, Matchday 5 is in full swing, with one last matchday to go ahead of the finals in June 2023.
UEFA.com assesses the lie of the land ahead of Saturday’s Matchday 5 encounters.
Serbia come into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Matjaz Kek’s Slovenia in their most recent game. Goals from PAOK winger Andrija Zivkovic and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for Serbia were canceled out by goals from Panathinaikos midfielder Adam Gnezda Cerin and Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko for Slovenia. Serbia had Mallorca goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic sent off.
Sweden, on the other hand, lost 3-2 to Stale Solbakken’s Norway in their most recent game. A brace from Manchester City superstar Erling Braut Haaland and a goal from Real Sociedad striker Alexander Sorloth secured the win for Norway. RB Leipzig forward Emil Forsberg and Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres scored the goals for Sweden.
The final significant international football break before the World Cup has descended upon us. Portugal are two key results away from the UNL playoffs. Specifically, a point vs the Czechs and victory over Spain separate Portugal from the semi-finals.
A brief synopsis. Portugal meet a Czech Republic side in reasonably poor form having lost 3 of 6 matches this year. Their hope of qualifying to the semifinals owes largely to their surprising draw against Spain and the even worse form of Switzerland. Portugal was the superior side in June but showed vulnerabilities throughout the match which the Czechs could not exploit.
Spain host Switzerland before the battle-royale in Braga. If they win, one point against Portugal will do. Yet again, Portugal must deliver a big result at home to progress, a requirement which has proven challenging of late.