Just as we approach the midway point of the Qualifiers, which nations are projecting towards next summer’s tournament? And who’s in danger of falling out?
Football makes way for internationals this week that is coming, having an entire host of European Qualifiers.
There are stern evaluations for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland coming up, and while England have two home games to look forward to, Wales will look to make home advantage count from Azerbaijan on Friday.
But how is every nation faring in their group? From the runaway leaders into the three-way ties at the top, we look at the state of play entering September’s qualifiers…
Coming up: September 7 – Kosovo vs Czech Republic, England vs Bulgaria; September 10 – Montenegro vs Czech Republic vs Kosovo
Getting contested the Nations League Finals Together with the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, England are playing catch up in Group A – in terms of games, not things.
Going into their double-header in Wembley, Gareth Southgate’s negative are ahead of the Czech Republic and are top with six factors – who have played a game more – centered on the head-to-head ruling as a result of March’s 5-0 triumph. While Bulgaria and Montenegro remain winless on 2 things having both played matches kosovo are a point adrift.
Rising up: September 7 – Lithuania vs Ukraine, Serbia vs Portugal; September 10 – Luxembourg vs Serbia vs Portugal
After two pulls, Euro 2016 winners Portugal sit in Group B, but two wins this month could see them leapfrog Luxembourg and Serbia.
Ukraine sit after an unbeaten start, and having attracted in Portugal, they will be assured of navigating through the rest of the campaign comparatively unscathed.
Coming up: September 6 – Germany vs Netherlands, Estonia vs Belarus; September 9 – Estonia vs Netherlands, Northern Ireland vs Germany
Northern Ireland are currently standing head and shoulders above two European giants in Group C, but the second half of their effort is set to have a whole lot tougher.
Having beaten Belarus and Estonia double each, Northern Ireland have home and away fixtures from the Netherlands and Germany to emerge, and face the prior in Windsor Park on September 9.
Whereas the Netherlands are two points adrift, germany are three points having played a game less. Germany sponsor the Netherlands .
Coming up: September 5 – Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland, Gibraltar vs Denmark; September 8 – Switzerland vs Gibraltar, Georgia vs Denmark
Following three wins and a draw, the Republic of Ireland are looking great at the midway stage of their campaign.
They also face a stern test after hosting Switzerland, that are six points behind in third having played only two games, but Mick McCarthy’s side will know eligibility is contained in their grasp victory over the Swiss.
Coming up: September 6 – Slovakia vs Croatia, Wales vs Azerbaijan; September 9 – Azerbaijan vs Croatia, Hungary vs Slovakia
Wales have everything to do in Group E. Ryan Giggs’ facet are now fourth on three factors, but will appear to place the strain on those ahead of them once hosting Azerbaijan on Friday night.
Croatia and Slovakia will seem to close the gap as the struggle for the top two places heats up, although hungary lead the way. Wales will be desperate to make it a four-horse race.
Coming up: September 5 – Romania vs Spain, Norway vs Malta, Faroe Islands vs Sweden; September 8 – Romania vs Malta, Sweden vs Norway, Spain vs Faroe Islands
Spain are flying high in Group F and whether they will look to keep their perfect start, it appears to be a case of that will join Robert Moreno’s side in next summer’s tournament.
While Norway are also contenders a further two points behind Sweden and romania are just two five factors behind Spain using six matchdays to go.
Growing up: September 5 – Israel vs Macedonia; September 6 – Slovenia vs Poland, Austria vs Latvia; September 9 – Slovenia vs Israel, Poland vs Austria, Latvia vs Macedonia
Poland have a healthy lead at the top of Group G after winning each of the games so far.
Besides underside nation Latvia – that have lost every match – there are just three points separating Israel, Austria, Slovenia and Macedonia.
Rising up: September 7 – France vs Albania, Iceland vs Moldova, Turkey vs Andorra; September 10 – Moldova vs Turkey, France vs Andorra
Very possibly the tightest group of all, with France, Turkey and Iceland all on nine points after three wins and a loss apiece, while Albania aren’t far behind on six things.
France’s 2 September ties are in the home, and if they will look to create that benefit count, Tukey will probably be eyeing big victories themselves against Moldova and Andorra.
Coming up: September 6 – San Marino vs Belgium, Cyprus vs Kazakhstan, Scotland vs Russia; September 9 – Scotland vs Belgium, San Marino vs Cyprus, Russia vs Kazakhstan
The news that is fantastic. Scotland have just two home games this past month. The thing that is terrible. They know that they will need to take something against either Russia or Belgium to maintain their push for a important championship since 1998, and also are up against both in Group I.
Belgium have enjoyed a 100 per cent start, but Scotland’s initial focus will be on drawing par with Russia on eight points, while Kazakhstan remain very much in the combination.
Coming up: September 5 – Armenia vs Italy, Finland vs Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina vs Liechtenstein; September 8 – Armenia vs Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece vs Liechtenstein, Finland vs Italy
The seventh nation with a record still are Italy, however, Finland aren’t far behind on nine things, leaving a job to the pursuing pack.
Armenia, Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina will hope for slip-ups in the best two.
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