International previews: 10 September
- 09 September 2013 13:35
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Ten City players could be in action on Tuesday evening as the World Cup qualifying campaign edges towards its climax in both Europe and South America. Here is our guide for the latest round of games...
James Milner is set to win his 41st cap for England after Roy Hodgson indicated the City midfielder had a large part to play in the crucial Group H clash against Ukraine. A victory would leave the Three Lions odds on to go and win the group with a three-point advantage, superior goal difference and two home games to come. Joe Hart should win his 35th cap and will be looking for another clean sheet in what is likely to be a tense 90 minutes
France can still pip Spain to automatic World Cup qualification but they must win their final two games to do so – and hope the Spanish suffer a shock home result against Georgia next month. Samir Nasri will hope to see more action than the 12 minutes he played in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Georgia and Gael Clichy, an unused sub in the same game, will also hope to play some part for Les Bleus.
Serbia have only their pride to play for as they take on Wales in Cardiff. A defeat will see them slip below the Welsh in the table, facing a battle to avoid the wooden spoon with Scotland and Wales. Matija Nastasic and Aleks Kolarov should both feature against Chris Coleman’s side.
Slovakia v Bosnia: Edin Dzeko
Bosnia’s shock home defeat to Slovakia last Friday has put their impressive qualifying campaign in peril and they must bounce back in the second part of this double-header or else Greece will surely take the initiative – and top spot in Group G. The Slovakians will need to keep Edin Dzeko quiet again if they are to make it back-to-back wins over the group leaders and with Greece coming up next, Jan Kozak’s side could yet have a big say in who goes to Brazil.
Romania v Turkey: Costel Pantilimon
Romania can take a giant leap towards securing a play-off spot in Group D if they can overcome an unpredictable Turkey side. Whether Costel Pantilimon will be involved or not remains to be seen, but the City keeper was an unused sub in the 3-0 win over Hungary last Friday.
Argentina will qualify for Brazil 2014 if they can beat bottom-of-the-table Paraguay in Asunción. Argentina, unbeaten in almost a calendar year, lead the table and one more victory will guarantee them a spot at next year's finals. Expect Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta to play in a game that kicks off at 2.40am (GMT).
David Silva has picked up a knock and will not feature in Spain’s friendly with Chile. Alvaro Negredo will look to continue his impressive international record, currently standing at eight goals from 16 games and both Jesus Navas (30) and Javi Garcia (1) will hope to add to their caps total.
Watch out for our full international round-up of how our players fared on Tuesday night.