- Unbeaten Slovakia hoping to do the double over Spain
- Wales looking strong as they host Israel
- Poland aiming to maintain their lead over Germany
Scotland are looking to take another step towards qualifying for their first major international tournament since 1998 when they travel to Georgia on Friday. Georgia have only won once in the group against minnows Malta and the Scots got the better of them last year, but they needed an own goal to claim that 1-0 victory. The small margin of Scotland’s win last time out, plus their propensity to struggle away from home, means that Gordon Strachan’s side shouldn’t necessarily be favourites for the clash in Tbilisi.
Germany take on Poland for top spot in Group D, with the German’s just one point behind the Poles. At first glance Poland have the edge after their 2-0 win earlier in qualifying, they may find it more difficult away in Frankfurt. Despite big wins over Gibraltar and Georgia, since Poland have a point over their main rivals for the group, Adam Nawalka may look for a draw to maintain the status quo, although such a tactic could allow Scotland to catch up, something wouldn’t suit the Germans.
Spain will naturally be considered favourites against Slovakia in Group C, but the reality may not be a foregone conclusion. Slovakia currently lead the group standings with nothing but wins so far and a three point lead over the former world champions. Spain’s only defeat has come against this opposition, a 2-1 win for the Slovaks in Zilina. Although Spain definitely have the talent in their squad to put Slovakia to the sword, recent friendly defeats to Germany and the Netherlands will only encourage the Slovaks against the side who have won the last two tournaments.
The Netherlands will be favourites against Turkey, having won three of the last four encounters. That being said, a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam earlier in the year makes a first Turkish victory over the Oranje since 1997 seem more likely.
Wales are looking to consolidate their lead at the top of Group B when they face Israel in Cardiff on Sunday. The Welsh currently enjoy a three-point lead over Belgium, with the Israelis two further points behind. Israel have suffered three defeats in a row, including a 3-0 loss to the Welsh before also going down to Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Wales, meanwhile, are undefeated in qualifying so far, making them favourites at home. Both sides will be expected to beat the group minnows in their respective matches on Thursday (Israel v Andorra and Wales v Cyprus), but a shock result in either of those clashes could also swing the tie one way or another.
Italy should be considered narrow favourites against Bulgaria at Stadio Renzo Barbera on Sunday. The Italians have made a habit of beating the Bulgarians on home turf and drawing on the road, but it won’t be easy for the Azzurri against the side that held them to a 2-2 stalemate earlier this year. The Italians are undefeated this qualifying campaign, something Bulgaria can’t say after losing to Croatia and Norway. Italy’s most recent result, a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly, may offer Bulgaria some hope, but Antonio Conte’s side will be expected to claim all three points in Palermo.
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