The European World Cup qualification matches take the final turn as the October international break is well and truly on the way. The 54 teams will play the final pair of their qualifying matches this week and next week to complete the qualification process.
Belgium are the only team who have qualified for Russia 2018 so far
At this moment the thing is pretty poised in the European circuit as there are more than two teams in all the groups are in contention to qualify either through automatic qualification or can advance to the play offs.
- Group Winners of each group qualify directly for the World Cup next year in Russia.
- Among the 2nd placed teams, top 8 out of the 9 countries will be advancing for a play off round. Teams will be drawn against each other and it will be played in a two legged play off from which further 4 teams will qualify for the World Cup.
Only Belgium have qualified for Russia 2018 till now, so it promises to be a pivotal final encounter for the European giants.
Teams in Contention:
- Group A:In Group A, France(17) are the leaders with one more point than the second placed Sweden(16). Netherlands are third and Bulgaria are 4th with 13 and 12points respectively.
- Group B:Switzerland are on 24 points after 8 wins in 8. Portugal sit second in this group and Cristiano Ronaldo’s country may again have to qualify for World Cup through play offs. In this Group, only these two countries are in contention for the qualification. Others are out of the contention.
- Group C:World Champions Germany lead comfortably here and will require two points for automatic qualification. Northern Ireland is certain to progress to the play offs as others are out.
Germany team after winning Confederation Cup 2017
- Group D:Serbia are top of the table with 18 points and the fight is between Wales and Republic of Ireland who are on 14 and 13 points respectively. Austria, on 9 points still can qualify for play offs but it’s highly unlikely.
- Group E:Poland are on 19 points and to make matters complicate, Denmark and Montenegro both have 16 points. So this group is set to go down to the wire.
- Group F:England will need a win to qualify directly for the World Cup. It is most likely to be a fight for the 2nd spot among three countries, Slovakia, Slovenia and Scotland.
- Group G:Spain are almost certain to progress as Group Winners while Italy will follow them.
- Group H:Leaders Belgium have qualified for the World Cup and it will be another triple threat battle for the runners up spot among Bosnia, Serbia and Greece.
- Group I:This is the ultimate poised group as four clubs are in contention to get the two spots. Leaders Croatia and Iceland sit on 16 points while third and fourth placed Turkey and Ukraine are on 14 points.
There have been 4 countries who haven’t managed to get a point yet in the qualifiers. They are Malta, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar.
The newest country Kosovo though have 1 point to show for them as they famously drew a game against Finland.