11 October 2019 01:50
THE Uefa Nations League is underway this week with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all in action. 1 England will be taking part in the new UEFA Nations League format Credit: PA:Press Association Their ranking as of November 2017, at the end of the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, will be used to split the nations into their respective leagues. The winners of the four groups in League A will qualify for the Final Four competition. England will be the only Home Nation to participate in Group A and thereby have a chance of reacing the Final Four. Who will England play in the Uefa Nations League?
Can teams qualify for Euro 2020 from the Uefa Nations League? A bizarre new system will see the winners of every Nations League group (regardless of tier) earn a spot at the Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs in March 2020, assuming they have not directly qualified already. The sixteen play-off teams will take on others from their own tier for a place in the Euros, with the winner of each to qualify. That means one nation which has never made it to a European Championship will qualify as League D winners (eg Azerbaijan, Georgia, Faroe Islands etc). If a team has already qualified for Euro 2020, their play-off spot will be taken by the best placed team from the Nations League tier below.
England has taken command of Group A with big wins over the Czech Republic (5-0) and Montenegro (5-1), but its participation in the Nations League finals will give other teams a chance to catch up. Bulgaria's 1994 World Cup star Krasimir Balakov makes his qualifying debut as coach with a home game against Kosovo on Monday. Aiming to reach a first tournament since Euro 2004, Bulgaria, which drew its first two qualifying games in March, is second in the group with two points. With Portugal busy at the Nations League finals, Ukraine and Serbia aim to build big leads in Group B. They meet Friday with Ukraine top of the group on four points - Portugal has two after a slow start - and Serbia unbeaten in its eight games since the World Cup. New Real Madrid signing Luka Jovic could start for Serbia.
Hungary plays Azerbaijan on Saturday before hosting Wales on Tuesday, when Slovakia is away to Azerbaijan. The coach again won't be available when "La Roja" faces the Faeroe Islands away on Friday before hosting Sweden on Monday. France has already scored eight goals in two qualifiers and the bad news for Turkey is Giroud's return after Chelsea's recent Europa League win. National-team duty has offered Eden Hazard an escape from the speculation about his future after he bid Chelsea fans goodbye following last week's Europa League final win. Italy tops Group J after opening its Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by beating Finland 2-0 and Liechtenstein 6-0. They travel to the North Atlantic to face Faroe Islands, a team ranked 102nd in the world, according to FIFA, while Spain — the 2010 World Cup champions, and 2012 European champs — rank ninth. But the stadium also features an artificial turf — and with rainy, slick conditions expected, Spain could be in for a difficult 90 minutes in the game that will live stream from the tiny country's capital city. Spain UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier Group F match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Though Spain sliced through their opening phase of the 2020 Euro qualifiers, disposing of Norway and Malta by 2-1 and 2-0 scores, respectively, they are still smarting from a lackluster showing in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Spain UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier Group F duel, use the stream provided by ESPN+, the online subscription service of sports media conglomerate ESPN. Spain UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier showdown live stream online is provided by Univision Now. The Univision app also offers access to the match. Spain UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match streaming live on their TV sets. Spain UEFA Euro 2020 Tórsvøllur game live stream for free without a cable subscription, fans can also check out an internet TV streaming service such as Sling TV or Fubo TV. Prior to the expiration of that free week, fans can watch the Faroe Islands-Spain Group F game streamed live at no charge. In Spain, TVE La 1 has the live stream, while on the Faroe Islands, a live stream of the 2020 UEFA Euro qualifier against Spain will be carried by KVF Football. For fans in India, Sony Liv will stream the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier. IRELAND take on Denmark this evening in a crunch clash in Group D of the EUro 2020 qualifiers. And the qualification campaign will continue on Monday night as Ireland welcome the visit of Gibraltar to the Aviva Stadium. Elsewhere in the group Georgia play host to Gibraltar on Friday night while Denmark will welcome Georgia to Copenhagen on Monday night. Here's everything you need to know about Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifying group: Euro 2020 qualifying Group D table: Euro 2020 qualifying Group D results: Euro 2020 qualifying Group D fixtures: 4 Ireland started the campaign with a 1-0 win away to Gibraltar How can Ireland qualify for Euro 2020? Ireland however will likely have a chance to benefit from the alternative qualifying route should they fail to finish in the top two: the Uefa Nations League. Despite Ireland's abysmal campaign at the end of last year that saw them relegated to the third tier of the competition, The Boys in Green are as good as guaranteed a play-off place if they fail to qualify automatically. In short, the only way Ireland would fail to get a spot is if six countries from Leagues C and D qualify automatically. Ireland are ranked 23rd by Uefa, meaning the only way to fail to get a play-off place — if needed — would be if eight sides ranked higher also do not qualify.