Israel vs Portugal 14:40 SS3
Kazakhstan vS Germany 19:55 SS3
San Marino vs England 21:55 SS3
France vs Georgia 21:55 SS4
Holland vs Estonia 21:40 SS5
Uruguay vs Paraguay 23:55 SS3
Bulgaria vs Malta 19:00
Croatia vs Serbia
Slovenia vs Iceland 20:00
Norway vs Albania 20:15
Andorra vs Turkey 20:30
Czech Rep vs Denmark 21:00
Hungary vs Romania
Bosnia vs Greece 19:45
Macedonia vs Belgium
N Ireland vs Russia
Poland vs Ukraine
Spain vs Finland
Sweden vs Rep Ireland
Scotland vs Wales
MADRID – With just over a year to go until the World Cup, some of Europe’s leading nations are hoping to take a major step towards sealing their places in the finals in Brazil in a busy week of qualifying.
The outstanding game of this month is the clash between France and reigning European and world champions Spain in Paris next Tuesday, with both sides tied on seven points at the top of Group I.
But both countries must first see off unfancied opposition on Friday evening, as Spain entertain Finland in the northern city of Gijon while France host Georgia.
Vicente del Bosque’s Spain side must do without captain Iker Casillas and Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol as both recover from injury, and Xavi Hernandez is also struggling for fitness.
Nevertheless, they should still see off the challenge of a Finnish side that currently props up Group I.
“We are all aware that both matches against Finland and France will be finals for us,” said Chelsea and Spain winger Juan Mata.
His thoughts echoed those of France coach Didier Deschamps, whose side play their first competitive match since a creditable 1-1 draw in Madrid in October.
“In our qualifying campaign, for the match against Spain to mean anything, we need first of all to win against Georgia,” he said last week, trying to focus his team’s attention on the task in hand.
Elsewhere, Germany will be hoping to maintain their formidable record in qualifying when they make the long trip to Kazakhstan in Group C.
Joachim Loew’s side play the former Soviet republic twice in the next week, with the match in Astana being followed by another meeting in Nuremberg on Tuesday.
Roy Hodgson’s England have little to win, and everything to lose, when they take on whipping boys San Marino on Friday before a much trickier assignment in Montenegro next midweek.
Journey to Brazil 2014 continues across Europe