Scotland and Northern Ireland are back in Nations League action on Sunday — just three days after securing spots in November’s Euro 2020 play-off finals.

Both sides had to overcome tense penalty shootouts to progress, with the Scots edging out Israel and their plucky British counterparts stunning Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

But with the all-important finals not taking place until next month, attention now switches back to their Nations League campaigns with two tight matches on the menu.

Scotland vs Slovakia (Sky Sports, 7.45pm)

After the elation of their Israel triumph, Steve Clarke (pictured above) will need his Scotland side to refocus as they resume a promising Nations League campaign against Slovakia at Hampden Park.

The hosts top their group with four points having held Israel to a draw before beating a Czech Republic side crammed with reserve players due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Clarke’s men will now hope to down a dangerous Slovakia side who dumped the Republic of Ireland out of the Euro 2020 play-offs on penalties on Thursday night.

The visitors are without key defender Milan Skriniar after he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, while Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka is a doubt following a mandatory period of quarantine in Italy.

Clarke is likely to freshen things up in what is a quick-fire international window, with the likes of Ryan Fraser and John Fleck expected to start.

Northern Ireland vs Austria (Sky Sports, 7.45pm)

Ian Baraclough will hope high spirits can guide Northern Ireland to the first victory of their 2020-21 Nations League campaign when Austria visit Windsor Park.

After a bruising midweek battle against Bosnia and Herzegovina was won 4-3 on penalties, Baraclough is likely to rotate his side against opponents who have won eight of their last 11 matches.

Northern Ireland sit bottom of League B Group 1 after two fixtures following a 1-1 draw in Romania and a 5-1 thumping courtesy of an Erling Haaland-inspired Norway last month.

Austria beat Greece 2-1 in a friendly with a largely experimental line-up on Wednesday, suggesting they will revert to full strength when hunting a victory that could take them top of the group.

The game will have 600 fans in attendance after the Irish FA confirmed they would take up UEFA’s proposal of allowing limited spectators at international fixtures where local guidelines allow.

Sunday’s other Nations League fixtures (all 7.45pm unless stated)

League A Group 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Netherlands (5pm)
Poland vs Italy

League A Group 2
England vs Belgium (5pm)
Iceland vs Denmark

League A Group 3
Croatia vs Sweden (5pm)
France vs Portugal

League B Group 1
Norway vs Romania (5pm)

League B Group 2
Israel vs Czech Republic

League B Group 3
Russia vs Turkey
Serbia vs Hungary

League B Group 4
Republic of Ireland vs Wales (2pm)
Finland vs Bulgaria (5pm)

League C Group 2
Austria vs Georgia (5pm)
Estonia vs North Macedonia (5pm)

League C Group 3
Greece vs Moldova
Kosovo vs Slovenia

League C Group 4
Kazakhstan vs Albania (2pm)
Lithuania vs Belarus (5pm)


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