Goals galore as Spain hosts Sweden
Spain will be looking to continue their perfect start to the qualifiers when they host Sweden. Spain ended their Nations League campaign poorly after their 3-2 loss to Croatia that denied them an opportunity to make it to the final. The Swedes on the other hand outperformed Spain in the last World Cup after reaching the quarter-finals in Russia last summer. They have racked up eight goals so far, scoring at least twice in each of their three games in qualifying. Spain have also scored eight goals in three qualifiers, while they scored eight goals across two home meetings in the Nations League. Clearly we can expect another strong display from these two sides and goals should be in plenty.
Poland to ride on impressive home form
Poland and Israel will play each other as the hosts look to extend their brilliant start to the qualifying campaign. The hosts have made easy work of their bid to qualify so far, after winning all their opening three games. It is going to be tough for Israel to win here, especially considering that Poland have won their last nine home matches in qualifying campaigns. Given Israel’s current form and Poland’s consistent home form, you can expect the hosts to register yet another win.
Czech Republic’s shaky defence
Czech Republic got off the mark on Friday evening to beat Bulgaria by two goals to one in Prague and they will want to move in that direction when they play Montenegro. Unlike at Wembley or in many of their recent games, they were a much improved side going forward. Montenegro have at least shown themselves to be capable when it comes to getting the ball in the net, as they have scored in both of their qualifiers so far. Czech Republic are not strong at the back, and this was evident during the Nations League, where they kept just one clean sheet in four games. With all this in mind, Montenegro can go into this match hoping to score at the very least.
Georgia to stand in the way of Denmark?
Denmark have had a tough start to the qualifying campaign, but can they kick on when they meet Georgia tonight? They have accumulated just two points from their first two clashes and this is must-win game for them. Georgia have been improving after finishing first in their Nations League group late last year. They will be aiming to cause problems for the bigger nations and whilst the Danes are favourites, we can see their defensive issues being the problem here.
Striker problems for Ireland
The Republic of Ireland have remained unbeaten since the start of Mick McCarthy’s second stint in charge of the national team. He has led the team to seven points from their opening three matches. They are going into this game against Gibraltar with limited attacking threat and this should be a concern for them. Their last eight matches have seen Under 2.5 Goals, while the Irish have only scored more than once in one of their last 15 internationals. They have a chance to build confidence in front of goal against Gibraltar, but this might not be a high scoring affair.