European World Cup Qualifiers: Who will make it to Russia?

With Sunday's round of International fixtures coming to an end, we take a look at which European teams are on their way to make it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

54 teams, divided into 9 groups of 6 teams each, are fighting for the available 13 World Cup spots. The winners of the respective groups will qualify directly for the World Cup while the top 8 runners-up will play a two-legged tie from which four will make their way to Russia.

With each team having played 5 matches apiece, we are halfway through the qualifiers and the group tables are taking a familiar shape:

 

Group A

France are leading the group with 13 points, with a draw to Belarus being the only dent in their otherwise perfect campaign.

Sweden are 2nd, 3 points behind France. Bulgaria have 9 points while Netherlands have been dreadful and are 4th.

 

 

Group B

The battle for the 1st spot is between Switzerland(1st) and Portugal (2nd). Switzerland have won all of their qualifying matches till now.

Hungary with 7 points is some way off Portugal right now.

 

 

 

Group C

Germany look set to become the first team to book their World Cup slot by amassing a 5 point lead over current runners-up Northern Ireland (10 points) who themselves have had their fans dreaming of playing in the World Cup.

 

 

Group D

Serbia and Republic of Ireland are levelled on 11 points, with the former leading the group due to a superior goal difference. This battle might just go down to the wire while Gareth Bale led Wales are 4 points behind these teams.

 

 

Group E

Poland have made the top spot theirs comfortable by establishing a 6 point lead over Denmark and Montenegro (both on 7 points).

 

Group F

England are on the summit with 13 points and look to be on their way to the 2018 World Cup while the battle for the second spot will be fierce- between Slovakia, Slovenia, Scotland and Lithuania.

 

 

Group G

As one could guess the battle for the automatic qualification place is between Spain and Italy, both level on points, but Spain having a superior goal difference of +17.

 

 

Group H

Belgium are leading the group, followed by Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina. However, just 3 points separate the trio and it’ll be interesting to see who ends up where.

 

 

 

 

Group I

With 13 points Croatia are at the top, followed by Iceland(10 points), Ukraine and Turkey(8 points). While Croatia should be able to get the automatic qualifying spot, the other three teams still have a shot at getting to the playoffs.

 

 

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