European Qualifiers on Sky: Iceland vs France and Portugal vs Luxembourg
Previews and team news ahead of Fridays internationals, including Portugal, France, England and more.
Team information: Iceland will probably be overlooking even though Premier League gamers Gylfi Sigurdsson along with Johann Berg Gudmundsson must feature captain Aron Gunnarsson, whos ruled out through injury.
France have a injury list. Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, Aymeric Laporte and Anthony Martial are just a few or Turkey on Tuesday.
Though a number of those younger players in Frances squad will receive their chance steve Mandanda should come in to Lloris.
The way to watch: Coverage begins on Sky Sports Football out of 7.40pm; kick-off reaches 7.45pm.
What is the state of play in Group H? Since France get set to confront Turkey and Iceland, its a week Group H. Two wins from two for Didier Deschamps side, who now sit second in the group supporting Turkey on goal difference and 3 points ahead of Iceland, will watch them take a enormous stride towards qualification.
Albania, who are six points from Turkey and France, will be hoping that they can sneak in the qualification spots with four games to go, however there is not much room for mistake for Edoardo Rejas side.
Coming up at Group H: October 11 – Iceland vs France, Turkey vs Albania, Andorra vs Moldova; October 14 – France vs Turkey, Iceland vs Andorra, Moldova vs Albania
Charlie Nicholas prediction:Iceland are good, but theyve been fighting above their weight for a little while, so Im fancying France to walk away with the win here. France have too much strength, and Antoine Griezmann, but not really firing for Barcelona however, will perform his part in a France triumph in this one.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 0-2 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Team information: Portugal have no serious injury problems, and celebrity names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes have been included in the group.
Olympiakos centre-back Ruben Semedo was named in the squad for the very first time, although Barcelonas Nelson Semedo is forecast to commence in right-back before the Joao Cancelo of Manchester City.
Luxembourg have a clean bill of health, with Maurice Deuville expected to lead the lineup at Dynamo Kiev midfielder Gerson Rodrigues and a 4-5-1 formation arguably their goal threat.
The way to see: Coverage begins on Sky Sports Premier League out of 7.40pm; kick-off is at 7.45pm.
What is the state of play in Group B? Life is looking pretty rosy to get Ukraine, who seem to make up in a row. They would be all but seen by A triumph over Lithuania on Friday through .
Portugal are assured of a chance to retain the trophy they won from 2016 in France, however they really do have a game in hand over Serbia and a win over minnows Luxembourg would give them some breathing space.
If they would like to keep their dreams alive, while Lithuania has to offer a jolt in Ukraine luxembourgs unlikely shot in a place will soon be over with defeat Portugal.
Coming up in Group B: October 11 – Ukraine vs Lithuania, Portugal vs Luxembourg; October 14 – Ukraine vs Portugal, Lithuania vs Serbia
All games are live on Sky Sports Football via the Red Button, or even the Sky Sports program. All kick-offs are 7.45pm, unless said.
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Team news: England were dealt an accident blow Thursday since James Maddison pulled from the group through sickness, meaning he wont feature from Bulgaria or even the Czech Republic. Fabian Delph (hamstring) and Tom Heaton have also retreated through injury, with Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson replacing the latter.
Tammy Abraham could earn his first competitive England cap, with previously played friendlies, although Chelsea team-mate Fikayo Tomori is in the group for the first time and could make his first England appearance. Tyrone Mings also expects his first cap for his nation.
For the Czech Republic, David Pavelka, David Hovorka and Filip Novak are all injured, while killing midfielder Lukas Kalvach can make his introduction.
Whats the state of playwith? Its beginning to resemble a case of when, not if, for England. After a fun win over closest rivals Kosovo last time out, they already have a four-point cushion within the eligibility areas and a game in hand.
A triumph over Czech Republic on Friday will secure their route to the finals, plus they could guarantee best spot too if they perform the double and conquer Bulgaria next week – or Kosovo fail to take maximum points at home to Montenegro.
The next spot is more up for grabs. If they dont beat England on October 11, czech Republic are second but could possibly be leapfrogged by Kosovo. Both winless with 2 points each, Bulgaria and montenegro, will need something approaching a miracle
Charlie Nicholas forecast:These are the best 2 from Group A and its a match Czech Republic will have to chase. While the squad is bolstered by the addition of Tammy Abraham in Chelsea and Mason Mount harry Kane is out of form with Tottenhams battles. Gareth Southgate may not begin them and it may be a side with Raheem Kane Sterling and Jadon Sancho ahead. There will be a small advantage to it, where the problem is different, however, the centre-backs of England could be. Which will the pairing be? John Stones is injured and Harry Maguire isnt in the best form, so this may be a worry
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
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