World Cup 2022 qualifying: Who’s near qualifying? Who’re the shock packages?

European groups are reaching the enterprise finish of World Cup qualifying because the penultimate block of fixtures to succeed in Qatar 2022 begins.

Video games can be performed between 8 and 12 October – with the ultimate qualifiers to be performed in mid-November.

Italy, Belgium, France and Spain won’t be in qualifying motion although, as they performed the delayed Nations League finals in Italy earlier this week.

Fifty-five member associations are hoping to progress from their qualifying teams, with some nearer than others.

England noticed their 100% file ended within the final spherical of fixtures however Denmark have maintained theirs after six video games, whereas Armenia are one of many shock packages up to now, sitting second in Group J, behind Germany.

How are the opposite house nations doing? And who else is wanting set to qualify? BBC Sport takes a take a look at the state of play in every of the ten teams.

What number of nations qualify?

There can be 13 groups from Europe at subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.

The highest groups in every group qualify routinely for Qatar 2022, with an additional three locations up for grabs via a play-off system.

The ten group runners-up can be joined by the 2 highest-ranked groups from the Nations League who haven’t already certified or completed second in a gaggle.

These 12 groups will participate in a play-off of two knockout rounds to resolve the three further groups.

Key dates

Fixtures

How the teams look

Group A

Group A

Portugal are high of the standings and the one workforce in Group A but to style defeat. They may qualify for Qatar this month if a number of outcomes go their approach.

Serbia have the prospect to go high throughout this worldwide break as a result of they play twice and Portugal solely have one qualifier.

The Republic of Eire want a miracle to succeed in the play-offs.

Group B

Group B

Spain are high of Group B with 13 factors from their six video games, though they’ve performed two extra video games than Sweden and Greece, who’re second and third respectively.

Nothing might be settled in these fixtures, with Spain not in motion.

Group C

Group C

Euro 2020 champions Italy have continued their wonderful type and unsurprisingly prepared the ground in Group C – though they don’t have any qualifiers this month.

Switzerland and Northern Eire have gotten two video games in hand on the Azzurri and are nonetheless in competition.

Northern Eire play Switzerland and Bulgaria – their two doubtless rivals for a play-off spot.

Group D

Group D

World champions France have stuttered a bit up to now however are nonetheless high of the group, though they don’t play this month.

Finland host Ukraine on Saturday which may very well be an enormous recreation within the bid to place stress on Les Bleus.

Group E

Group E

Belgium – who don’t play this month – are nicely on their strategy to successful Group E with 5 wins and a draw from six video games.

They are going to be confirmed within the high two on Friday if the Czech Republic don’t beat Wales.

Wales play the Czechs and Estonia and will finish this break within the play-off spot.

Group F

Group F

Denmark simply want two extra wins to qualify. A win over Moldova on Saturday would clinch no less than a play-off place.

Scotland play Israel – in an enormous recreation within the race for second place – and the Faroe Islands this month.

Group G

Group G

It’s tight on the high of Group G with each the Netherlands and Norway on 13 factors after six video games, and Turkey solely two factors behind.

The Dutch play the underside two groups this month, whereas Turkey host Norway on Saturday

Group H

Group H

It’s all the way down to aim distinction in Group H additionally with Croatia and Russia each on 13 factors.

Issues may change into clearer this month with Russia and Croatia each internet hosting third-placed Slovakia, who’re nonetheless in competition.

Group I

Group I

England play Andorra and Hungary this month as they appear to maneuver nearer to a World Cup spot.

Albania, Poland and Hungary are most likely battling for second spot. Albania play each these sides this month.

Group J

Group J

Germany are 4 factors clear in Group J, with Armenia, Romania and North Macedonia most likely battling for second.

Hansi Flick’s facet play Romania and the Macedonians this month.

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