International football returns to our screens this week and Michael Owen is here to share his thoughts on how he sees it all unfolding.
Bosnia to win 1-0
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland travel to Bosnia to play for the first time since last month’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Norway. The Bosnians put in a solid effort when holding Italy to a 1-1 draw away from home, and I feel they might just be too good for Northern Ireland here. I fancy the home side to come out on top in a low scoring affair.
Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
These two sides have had indifferent starts to their UEFA Nations League campaigns. Both have one win and a loss on the board so far, and on closer inspection, the last four meetings between the teams have ended all square. I think there’s every chance that could happen again, so I’ll be taking a draw in this one.
Scotland v Israel
Scotland and Israel face off for the second time in the space of a month. They played out a 1-1 draw last time in what was an even encounter. I honestly don’t see much between the two sides and feel another draw could be on the cards.
England -1 goal
England v Wales
Both Home Nations go into this with pride at stake. England and Wales have big games at the weekend to look forward to, so it must be noted that their line-ups may change slightly here. Gareth Southgate could hand full debuts to a few England players, including the in-form Jack Grealish, and I think the Three Lions should have enough to come away victorious.