International World Cup 2014 — 26 March 2013

Spain need a victory against France In ParisThere are some crucial World Cup qualifiers taking place this evening. One of the biggest takes place in the Stade De France in Paris, as France host Spain.

The hosts head into the encounter two points above world champions Spain in Group I.

A France victory would make Les Blues heavy favourites to win the group and consign Spain to a place in the play-offs, with the other teams in the groups looking unlikely to catch the two European giants.

Another vital clash is in Group H, where Montenegro hosts England in Podgorica. The home side are two points ahead of the Three Lions in the group table and could take a giant step towards winning the group by defeating Roy Hodgson’s side.

Group A is very tight with both Belgium and Croatia on 13 points ahead of this evening’s games. Belgium host second from bottom Macedonia in their game, while Croatia face a tricky trip to Wales. The Welsh are still in with an outside chance of a play-off spot after defeating Scotland 2-1 in their last outing.

Serbia host bottom of the group Scotland in the other game of the group. The Scots are still yet to pick up their first victory in the group.

In Group B Italy will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the group as the Azzurri visit bottom of the group Malta. Bulgaria are second in the group just a point behind the Italians, but the Balkans country face a trip to Denmark, who are four points behind their visitors.

In Group F Portugal will be looking to make up ground on leaders Russia with a comfortable win in Azerbaijan. Portugal are currently four points behind the Russians and have played a game extra. Israel are level on points with Portugal in the group and ahead on goal difference, they visit struggling Northern Ireland.

Will France or Spain be top of Group I by the end of their clash this evening?


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