Nobody likes the international breaks during the heat of an exciting football season. They’re assumed to be boring and unexciting but the truth is that’s not entirely the case especially when World Cup qualification is on the line! Yes, World Cup qualifiers for UEFA Nations kick off this week and there are loads of matches to cash in on Nairabet. 55 UEFA Nations will compete for the 13 slots available for the final tournament in Qatar 2022.
Reigning European champions, Portugal is in group A where they have a relatively easy route to World Cup qualification having been paired with Azerbaijan, Serbia & the Republic of Ireland. Will they coast through or do their opponents have some tricks off their sleeves? To make your predictions on the outcome of the matches in this group click the link below
Spain had a disastrous outing at the last World Cup. Their manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked days before the tournament for accepting an offer from Real Madrid without permission and they crashed out at the round of 16. The 2010 Champions are paired in the same group B with Greece, Sweden & Georgia and will be hoping for smooth qualification. Sweden last week welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimovic who came out of international retirement.
In Group D, reigning World Champions France will be licking their lips with their relatively favorable group as well with their opponents being Ukraine, Finland, and Bosna & Herzegovina.
The number 1 ranked Country in the World, Belgium finds themselves in Group E against an ambitious Wales side managed by United legend Ryan Giggs as well as Estonia and the Czech Republic. Having been eliminated at the semi-final stage at the last World Cup in Russia, the Red Devils will be looking to do better this time around but they need to qualify first of course.
The Netherlands and Turkey headline one of the groups that feature 6 teams instead of 5 in Group G. The flying dutchmen failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and will be looking to right that wrong. Turkey has failed to live up to their 2002 World Cup exploits where they finished 3rd. The Turks have failed to qualify for the last 4 World Cups and will be desperate to feature in Qatar next year.
Other powerhouses Germany & England are in groups I and J respectively and face opposition from lceland, Romania, San Marina, Poland, and others. Italy who failed to qualify for the last World Cup has to face Northern Ireland, Bulgaria & Switzerland in Group C to ease their disappointments.
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