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Sunday, April 29, 2018

UEFA Nations League 2019 simulations (April 2018)

Let's focus on the UEFA Nations League 2019. 

This competition will be played for the first time on six matchdays this Autumn, with a Final Four (2 one-off semi-finals, a third place play-off and a final) in June next year. The groups were drawn last January.


There are 4 leagues, A - D. Each league consists of 4 groups. Leagues A and B have three teams per group, league C 3 groups of four and 1 group of three teams and league D has 4 four-team groups. All teams in a group play against each other home and away.

An overall UNL-ranking per league is compiled after the groupstage. Teams will be ordered by:

  • position in the group
  • points
  • goal-difference
  • goals scored
  • away goals scored
  • number of wins
  • number of away wins
  • fair-play
  • UEFA NT-coefficient

Notes: 
- ordering of the group winners in league A will be decided in the Final Four;
- in league C the ranking of the group numbers 1 to 3 will be based on the group matches against numbers 1 to 3 in the group; the ranking of the group numbers 4 will be based on all group matches.

This ranking is used to seed the draw on December 2nd 2018 for the qualifying stage of EURO 2020, which will run from March to November 2019 and will consist of 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams. The group numbers one and two qualify for EURO 2020. 
After that qualifying phase 16 teams that have not directly qualified for EURO 2020, will have another chance to gain one of the last 4 qualifying berths for EURO 2020 via play-offs, to be played in March 2020. 
The 16 eligible teams and match-ups are determined in a somewhat complex procedure, but that procedure is also based on the UNL-rankings per league. So there is some importance in getting good results in the UNL 2019.
There is also promotion/relegation between leagues to compose the leagues for the next UNL edition 2020/2021: each group-winner in leagues B-D is promoted, each group-last in leagues A-C is relegated.

Here are the probabilities (in %) of the whole UNL competition -generated over 10.000 simulations- with all match-results based on ClubElo prediction formula's for goals scored in a match depending on elo home win expectancy.

The group results:


group A-1 1st 2nd 3rd
Germany 53,85 30,04 16,11
France 28,86 38,62 32,52
Netherlands 17,29 31,34 51,37
group A-2 1st 2nd 3rd
Belgium 45,91 33,10 20,99
Switzerland 34,66 35,81 29,53
Iceland 19,43 31,09 49,48
group A-3 1st 2nd 3rd
Portugal 48,23 31,36 20,41
Italy 30,90 36,13 32,97
Poland 20,87 32,51 46,62
group A-4 1st 2nd 3rd
Spain 54,59 29,18 16,23
England 28,77 38,20 33,03
Croatia 16,64 32,62 50,74
group B-1 1st 2nd 3rd
Slovakia 37,33 33,18 29,49
Ukraine 33,30 32,83 33,87
Czech Republic 29,37 33,99 36,64
group B-2 1st 2nd 3rd
Sweden 46,17 31,66 22,17
Turkey 29,39 35,29 35,32
Russia 24,44 33,05 42,51
group B-3 1st 2nd 3rd
Bosnia-Herzegovina 36,53 33,82 29,65
Austria 36,32 34,02 29,66
Northern Ireland 27,15 32,16 40,69
group B-4 1st 2nd 3rd
Denmark 45,01 32,81 22,18
Wales 31,74 34,09 34,17
Republic of Ireland 23,25 33,10 43,65
group C-1 1st 2nd 3rd
Scotland 55,11 29,32 15,57
Albania 27,11 38,05 34,84
Israel 17,78 32,63 49,59
group C-2 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Greece 38,09 27,34 20,49 14,08
Finland 25,81 27,39 25,49 21,31
Hungary 23,45 26,06 26,52 23,97
Estonia 12,65 19,21 27,50 40,64
group C-3 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Bulgaria 31,66 28,65 24,77 14,92
Norway 30,66 29,50 25,29 14,55
Slovenia 30,41 28,48 25,52 15,59
Cyprus   7,27 13,37 24,42 54,94
group C-4 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Serbia 47,38 30,17 17,26   5,19
Romania 32,90 34,22 23,87   9,01
Montenegro 16,99 27,57 36,75 18,69
Lithuania   2,73   8,04 22,12 67,11
group D-1 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Georgia 56,36 28,07 13,90   1,67
Kazakhstan 22,64 34,07 34,73   8,56
Latvia 20,24 33,96 37,42   8,38
Andorra   0,76   3,90 13,95 81,39
group D-2 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Belarus 63,99 24,73 10,99   0,29
Moldova 18,53 36,42 42,11   2,94
Luxembourg 17,42 38,40 41,22   2,96
San Marino   0,06   0,45   5,68 93,81
group D-3 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Kosovo 37,86 29,65 20,41 12,08
Azerbaijan 34,13 29,53 21,92 14,42
Faroe Islands 18,86 24,27 30,10 26,77
Malta   9,15 16,55 27,57 46,73
group D-4 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
FYR Macedonia 55,02 36,17   7,41   1,40
Armenia 40,82 45,56 11,01   2,61
Liechtenstein   2,64 10,36 44,86 42,14
Gibraltar   1,52   7,91 36,72 53,85


The Final Four results:

Final Four 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Germany 19,28 19,63   7,22   7,72
Spain 16,45 16,19 11,15 10,80
Portugal 13,34 13,41 10,81 10,67
Belgium   9,17   8,66 13,64 14,44
France   8,69   9,06   5,54   5,57
Italy   7,06   6,69   8,64   8,51
England   6,82   6,63   7,93   7,39
Switzerland   5,73   6,10 11,10 11,73
Netherlands   4,38   4,87   4,23   3,81
Poland   3,80   3,51   7,01   6,55
Croatia   3,05   2,78   5,36   5,45
Iceland   2,23   2,47   7,37   7,36


Each simulation gives a UNL-ranking per league. Here's the resulting average ranking per league, grouped by the pots for the qualifying stage of EURO 2020:

pot 1
Spain
Germany
Portugal
Belgium
Italy
Switzerland
England
France
Poland
Croatia
pot 2
Iceland
Netherlands
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Denmark
Sweden
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Austria
Slovakia
Wales
Ukraine
Northern Ireland
pot 3
Turkey
Czech Republic
Republic of Ireland
Russia
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Scotland
Serbia
Romania
Greece
Albania
Bulgaria
pot 4
Norway
Slovenia
Finland
Israel
Hungary
Montenegro
Estonia
Cyprus
Lithuania
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Belarus
pot 5
FYR Macedonia
Georgia
Armenia
Kosovo
Azerbaijan
Moldova
Luxembourg
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Faroe Islands
pot 6
Malta
Liechtenstein
Gibraltar
Andorra
San Marino


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