Bosnia v Belgium (Sat 5pm)
The top 2 sides in Group H face off in leg 1 of the Pick 6. Belgium lead the group by 8 points with just 2 games remaining and are assured top spot in the group. This is good news for Bosnia as Belgium may well rest some key players and let a few lesser known names start the match.
Bosnia are 1 point clear of Greece but have a tougher final 2 matches starting here then travelling away to Estonia in the final round while Greece have a simple home tie against Gibraltar. That makes this almost a make or break match for Bosnia who will be gunning for 3 points. It will be a tough ask though as even with a weakened team the Belgians are a force to be reckoned with.
The last time Bosnia played Belgium the Belgians ran out 4-0 winners but that result flattered the Belgians. Bosnia have a chance here and may well get the result they so desperately want.
Cameroon v Algeria (Sat 5pm)
We venture in to new territory as we head to the African qualifying section for leg 2. Cameroon host Algeria in a match that both sides want to win as they sit together at the bottom of group B but neither has any chance of qualification thanks to poor results in the 3rd qualifying round.
We have yet to see either team win a match so far with Nigeria looking to run away with the group.
When these sides met in the reverse fixture they played out a 1-1 draw and we expect a similar result here. Algeria have some familiar names, most notably the Leicester pairing of Mahrez and Slimani but goals have been hard to come by. Defensively both sides are poor and Algeria offer a slightly better attacking force but neither side will light this game on fire and a draw looks the best result.
Denmark v Romania (Sun 5pm)
Denmark sit joint 2nd with Montenegro in group E and just 3 points behind leaders Poland. This is an exceptionally close group. Any of these 3 teams are capable of topping the group or taking the 2nd qualifying place. Denmark looked in trouble for qualifying but a tremendous 4-0 home victory against Poland in the last round of matches has given them a lot of hope and most importantly the belief that they can still do it.
Of course, by the time they play this game we will already know the results from the midweek match between Denmark and Montenegro which will add to the importance of this match. They face a Romanian side who have nothing but pride to play for and Denmark have to be big favourites to win this. Despite a 0-0 draw against Romania in the last round they dominated the match.
They will again look to Delaney and Eriksen for goals and we think they will get at least 2 here to give them every chance of qualifying.
Slovenia v Scotland (Sun 5pm)
Depending on results in the Thursday games this could be a massively important game for both sides.
The top 4 sides in the group are battling it out for 2 places with England looking set to take one of them. Scotland currently lie 4th and need the win over Slovakia at home on Thursday to have a realistic chance of 2nd spot with a win here against Slovenia. It’s a tall order, but stranger things have happened.
Slovenia face England on Thursday and have arguably the toughest task in getting a result there to keep their hopes alive. In the reverse fixture Scotland dominated the game as Slovenia dug in to sneak a point, but an 88th minute Chris Martin goal was enough to give Scotland a victory.
This will be one of the tightest, nerve-filled matches of the weekend and we need to hedge our bets accordingly with a draw the most likely outcome witht either side still capable of a close win.
Norway v N. Ireland (Sun 7:45pm)
Norway will be hoping to give their home fans some cheer as they bow out of the 2018 World Cup with a match against surprise package Northern Ireland.
It’s been a tough campaign for Norway who have struggled to get any sort of run going and a disastrous away record put paid to their chances.
Thankfully for them they are at home here though, so they should give a decent account of themselves. Northern Ireland have been a revelation in this campaign and have kept a hugely impressive 7 clean sheets in their 8 matches so far.
They play Germany at home this Thursday and if they can somehow win that match they will even have a slim chance of topping the group! Apart from a 2-0 defeat to Germany, Northern Ireland are unbeaten away but do struggle to get goals on the road. This looks like another tough match, but with qualification assured we may see an attractive game and some goals to cheer. Either side could win but a score draw looks likely.
Wales v Rep Ireland (Mon 7:45pm)
Wales host Ireland in a match to savour on Monday night. If results go as expected on Friday then these two will both be going for top spot but realistically, looking at grabbing the runners up spot.
A draw may well be good enough for Wales at this point but we think they will probably do enough here to win. In their last encounter together we saw a fairly drab goalless draw in Ireland but Wales looked the better side and had to play the final 21 minutes with 10 men after Neil Taylor was shown a red card.
At home they will be much more of a threat and the added bonus of Gareth Bale in his comfort zone will only strengthen their chances here. Wales are unbeaten at home in this campaign but Ireland are no slouches and remain unbeaten away from home. That gives Ireland a small glimmer of hope but a draw is probably their best chance of a result.
Wales to win and Bale to shine!