The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League will be held between the 3rd of September to the 18th of November and will act as a qualifying process for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 55 Nations will take part in the tournament and are ranked from 1 to 55 which places them into 4 leagues (A, B, C, D.)
Nations League Group A1
This year’s Group A1 consists of the Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland who’ll all believe they can reach the top spots in the group and reach the tournament finals in 2021.
I believe that the Netherlands will finish in first place due to their squad which is full of world class talent. Head coach Ronald Koeman has players such as Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk and Donny van de Beek who are all world class players and can change the result of any match.
Italy should finish in second place with their talented squad, however, it will depend on their matchups against the Netherlands. Head coach Roberto Mancini also has world class players at his disposal with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne all mature players who’ve been in numerous major tournaments.
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland will be fighting for third place in the group with neither team wanting to finish fourth and therefore getting relegated. Bosnia and Herzegovina should finish in third place with the likes of Edin Džeko, Miralem Pjanić and Asmir Begović all being a part of a strong backbone to the side.
Although Poland have one of the best players in the world with Robert Lewandowski leading their line, I don’t believe their squad is as strong as Bosnia’s. Poland also have a top goalkeeper in Wojciech Szczęsny and if a few results go their way, they could avoid relegation.
Full Fixture List
Friday 4 September 2020 – Round 1
Italy vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (20:45)
Netherlands vs Poland (20:45)
Monday 7 September 2020 – Round 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Poland (20:45)
Netherlands vs Italy (20:45)
Sunday 11 October 2020 – Round 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Netherlands (18:00)
Poland vs Italy (20:45)
Wednesday 14 October 2020 – Round 4
Italy vs Netherlands (20:45)
Poland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (20:45)
Sunday 15 November 2020 – Round 5
Netherlands vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (18:00)
Italy vs Poland (20:45)
Wednesday 18 November 2020 – Round 6
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Italy (20:45)
Poland vs Netherlands (20:45)