Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Big World Cup Qualifying Matches
There are a bunch of big matches today.
Portugal must win or else Ronaldo will be staying home next year.
Northern Ireland could take the lead in Group 3 with a win. Incredibly the two teams in the group who made Germany 2006, Czech Republic and Poland have had disasterous campaigns.
Bosnia are 4 points ahead of Turkey for 2nd place and can secure a playoff spot with a win.
England, who have a perfect record, are 4 points ahead of Croatia and with a win will qualify for the World Cup.
Serbia are 4 points ahead of France and with a win will qualify for the World Cup, reducing Les Blues to a playoff spot.
Scotland need a point ensure 2nd place in the group. However the worst of the 2nd place teams doesn't make it to the playoffs and with a draw, Scotland's 11 points may not be enough. Scotland would be in a more comfortable position with a win against a possible weakened Dutch side.
Incredible Gabon currently leads this Group of Death. Gabon can take a big lead and almost ensure qualification with a road win here.
Saudi Arabia-Bahrain (0-0)
2nd leg of the Asian playoff in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia should be favorites after a 0-0 in Bahrain.
Winner plays New Zealand for a trip to South Africa
Argentina are on the ropes. A Paraguay win qualifies them for the World Cup and could possibly knocked Argentina down to 6th place with 2 matchdays to go.
Chile qualifies for the World Cup if they beat Brazil.
Honduras and USA are tied at the top with Mexico on point behind.
No one can qualify in this round but can take one important step closer.
Consider it moving day.