Saturday at the UEFA Nations League: Republic of Ireland, Germany and Netherlands in action

Republic of Ireland will be looking to bounce back from a humiliating 4-1 defeat by Wales in their first Nations League game in Group B4 when they face Denmark live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm in a grudge match, with the Danes having knocked the Irish out of qualifying for this summer’s World Cup with a 5-1 aggregate play-off defeat last November.

They improved to pick up a 1-1 draw against Poland last month, but at the same time Denmark, after resolving an image rights dispute with their Football Association, were beating Wales 2-0 in the group – although the Danes have only won one of their last six games with Republic of Ireland.

Recalling that game, Republic manager Martin O’Neill said: “We chased the game and got picked off in the match, and we had a world-class performance from a world-class player, who simply was sublime on the night and played very well. In the end, we were well beaten in the match.

“At the same time, they’d look at some of the players that we have missing, players who did brilliantly for us – a world-class player and our captain Seamus Coleman, and of course we haven’t had the services of Robbie Brady and James
McCarthy for some time.”

Elsewhere Netherlands host Germany in Group A1 at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Mix, as they look to show their poor form, which has seen them fail to qualify for the last two senior tournaments, is behind them.

The home side have lost only one of their last five games, a creditable 2-1 defeat to world champions France, since a 1-0 loss to England in March.

But Germany are still not out of the wilderness following their horror show of a World Cup, drawing 0-0 with France in their first Nations League game before edging beyond Peru 2-1 last time out.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman told reporters: “We had some good games and the results against Germans but we also lost several games against them.

“That is the past, what is most important is what happens this time. We are ready for the game. We have good preparations this week.

“We did a lot of work to prepare ourselves in the best way what is possible to reach the good result tomorrow.”

In the first game of the day in Group B1, the Czech Republic won 2-1 away to neighbours Slovakia.

Norway could do with a win over Slovenia in Group C3 when the two face each other on Sky Sports Football at 5pm, to help them keep tabs on group leaders Bulgaria, who have won both of their games and face Cyprus, on the Sky Sports Football red button at 7.45pm, with a win potentially taking them six points clear at the top.

Georgia have a big chance to take a step towards promotion to the third tier as they host Andorra on the Sky Sports Football red button at 5pm, and already lead Group D1 by four points from their visitors. Latvia and Kazakhstan, the two teams they have beaten so far, also go head-to-head as they look to pick up their first wins of the Nations League.

Also in the bottom tier, in Group D4 Armenia host Gibraltar hoping to avoid an upset against a nation who have lost both of their games so far, while table-topping Macedonia host Liechtenstein at 7.45pm.

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