England Italy — 16 October 2012

Tonight is a busy one in qualification for World Cup 2014. England face a difficult trip to Warsaw to face Poland in Group H.

This will probably be England’s second hardest away trip after the game in Ukraine and Roy Hodgson’s side will have to be at their best to secure maximum points.

Elsewhere, arguably the biggest game in Europe takes place as Spain host France in Group I. Both countries have two wins from two games. Spain will be favourites for the clash but they won’t be underestimating the French, as they have quality in their ranks.

Italy host Denmark in Group B. The Danes are likely to be the Azzurri’s toughest competitors in the group and a win is vital to ensure Cesare Prandelli’s side stay ahead of their competitors. Denmark is currently sitting second from bottom of the group with just two draws from their opening two games.

The big guns of Group C go head to head as Germany hosts Sweden. Germany have claimed maximum points in the group so far and produced an impressive display to see off the Republic of Ireland 6-1 in their last qualifier.

Sweden has started their qualifying campaign off with two wins out of their two games in charge. Germany are heavy favourites for the fixture, but Sweden won’t be pushovers.

Scotland face a tough trip to Belgium in Group A. The hosts are currently one of the highest-rated up and coming teams in Europe. A number of their players play in the Premier League. The likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas and Christian Benteke are all likely to cause the Scots defence problems.

The visitors must pick-up something from the trip, after losing their last qualification game 2-1 in Wales. Craig Levein’s men have just two points from their opening three games and are second from bottom in the group table.

Can France pull off a shock and beat reigning world champions Spain?


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David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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