Just as we approach the stage of the European Qualifiers, which states are projecting towards next summer’s tournament? And who’s at risk of falling out?
Domestic football makes sense for internationals this coming week, with a plethora of Qualifiers being shown live on Sky Sports.
There are rigorous tests for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and while England have two home games to look forward to, Wales will look to make home advantage count from Azerbaijan.
But is each nation faring in their group? From the runaway leaders into the three-way ties on top, we examine the condition of play going into September’s qualifiers…
Coming up: September 7 – England vs Bulgaria, Kosovo vs Czech Republic; September 10 – Montenegro Czech Republic vs Kosovo
Having contested the Nations League Finals along with the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, England are playing catch up in relation to matches, not points – in Group A.
Going in Wembley, Gareth Southgate’s side are high with six factors and are before the Czech Republic – that have played a game more – based on the ruling as a result of March’s 5-0 triumph. Kosovo are some point adrift, while Montenegro and Bulgaria remain winless on 2 points having both played four matches.
Rising up: September 7 – Lithuania vs Ukraine, Serbia vs Portugal; September 10 – Luxembourg vs Serbia vs Portugal
Portugal sit but two wins this month will see them leapfrog Luxembourg and Serbia.
Ukraine sit after an unbeaten start, and having drawn in Portugal, they’ll be assured of surfing through the remainder of the campaign unscathed.
Rising up: September 6 – Germany vs Netherlands, Estonia vs Belarus; September 9 – Northern Ireland vs Germany
Head and shoulders is standing but the second half of their effort is set to have a whole lot tougher.
Having beaten Belarus and Estonia Northern Ireland have home and away fixtures from Germany and the Netherlands to emerge, and face the former in Windsor Park on September 9.
Germany are three points supporting Northern Ireland having played a game less, whereas the Netherlands are two points adrift. The Netherlands is hosted by germany .
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 in the point of the effort.
They also face a stern test on Thursday when hosting Switzerland, who are six points behind having played only two games, but Mick McCarthy’s side will know eligibility is in their grasp victory over the Swiss.
Rising up: September 6 – Wales vs Azerbaijan, Slovakia vs Croatia; September 9 – Azerbaijan vs Croatia, Hungary vs Slovakia
Wales have everything to do in Group E. Ryan Giggs’ side are now fourth on three points, but will appear to put the pressure on those before them when hosting Azerbaijan on Friday night.
Croatia and Slovakia will seem to close the gap because the battle for the best two places heats up, although hungary guide the way. Wales is going to be distressed to make it a 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 it seems to be a case of that will unite Robert Moreno’s side in next summer’s tournament if they will look to keep their ideal start.
While Norway are contenders that a further two points behind romania and Sweden are just two five factors behind Spain with six matchdays to go.
Coming 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 all four of their matches to date.
Besides state Latvia – who have lost every game – there are separating Macedonia, Austria, Slovenia and Israel.
Rising up: September 7 – France vs Albania, Iceland vs Moldova, Turkey vs Andorra; September 10 – Albania vs Iceland, Moldova vs Turkey, France vs Andorra
Very possibly the tightest set of all, with France, Turkey and Iceland all on two points after three wins and a reduction thereof, while Albania are not far behind about six points.
France’s two September ties and Tukey will probably be eyeing victories themselves against Andorra and Moldova, if they will look to create that benefit count.
Rising up: September 6 – Cyprus vs Kazakhstan San Marino vs Belgium; September 9 – Russia vs Kazakhstan, Scotland vs Belgium, San Marino vs Cyprus
The news that is good. Scotland have just two home games. The news that is bad. They be aware they will need to take a thing against Russia or Belgium to maintain their drive, and also are up against the top two in Group I.
Belgium have enjoyed a 100 percent start, however Scotland’s first focus will be on drawing on par on nine factors, while Kazakhstan remain in the mixture.
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 great record still are Italy, but Finland are not much behind on nine factors, leaving a project to the pursuing pack.
Greece armenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina all will hope for slip-ups in the top two.
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