Charlie Nicholas' Nations League predictions: England v Spain and Northern Ireland v Bosnia
Last Updated: 08/09/18 8:35am
Charlie Nicholas provides us with his predictions for the inaugural round of the UEFA Nations League.
The first round continues with England welcoming Spain to Wembley on Saturday, while earlier that day Northern Ireland host Bosnia & Herzegovina in Belfast.
Here's what the Arsenal and Celtic legend is predicting for the fixtures live on Sky Sports Football...
England v Spain (Saturday from 7pm, live on Sky Sports Football and SS Main Event)
The confusing thing about what Gareth Southgate has been saying is I'm not quite sure what this other cycle of youth is, as they're already a young side.
People are talking about Harry Kane being tired but I don't understand this talk at all. I just don't think he's in top form.
People either like this competition or not, and I'm not really sure about the worth of it as I don't think England or Spain will really go for it given the other demands of their players.
I could see Southgate making quite a few changes and trying something different and Spain might even do the same. I see an open and attractive game but no real desperation to win it.
Charlie predicts: 1-1 and Isco to score first (35/1 with Sky Bet)
Northern Ireland v Bosnia (Saturday from 1.30pm, Sky Sports Football and Main Event)
Michael O'Neill always tends to get a well organised, well-drilled group, but a lot of his players are hitting the age barrier where you start to worry about them against quality opposition.
They have a lot of pride about them and they look forward to these sort of games where they can surprise you with a performance. They will see these games as real opportunities to get into the higher pots.
However, Edin Dzeko has the outstanding quality in this game and O'Neill's defence will have their work cut out in keeping him quiet.
Charlie predicts: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Switzerland v Iceland (Saturday from 4.55pm, Sky Sports Football)
Now the time is coming that Iceland's generation is starting to tire and their manager Heimir Hallgrimsson has left, so the new man in charge, Erik Hamren, has a tough job on his hands.
Switzerland still have talent with Xherdan Shaqiri as their main man and Granit Xhaka presumably offering more influence than he does for Arsenal.
Charlie predicts: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
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