Road to Brazil: Final countdown
- 14 October 2013 12:37
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
With the likelihood of 13 City players being in action on Tuesday evening, it looks like being a busy night for the international Sky Blues.
And there’s plenty at stake, too, with only a handful of ‘dead rubbers’ as World Cup qualification reaches a breathless climax.
England need three points against Poland to guarantee a place at Brazil 2014 and Joe Hart and James Milner should both add to their cap collection at Wembley – Hart certainly, while Milner may have to make an impression from the bench if Roy Hodgson sticks with the majority of the team who started against Montenegro.
Stevan Jovetic will hope to continue where he left off against England as the Montenegrins wrap up their campaign against Moldova. The 4-1 loss at Wembley ended his nation’s hopes of qualification but they can still finish a highly creditable third.
Spain need just one point from their home game with Georgia to seal their place at next summer’s World Cup and Alavaro Negredo and David Silva should start for La Roja with Jesus Navas likely to again be on the bench.
France are waiting to pounce should the Spaniards slip-up but they still need to beat a miserly Finnish side who have only conceded six goals in seven games so far – and hope they make up a deficit on goal difference which currently stands at three in favour of Spain. Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy will both hope to help Les Bleus achieve what would be a minor miracle.
Perhaps the most intriguing group of all is Group G, where Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia are just 90 minutes away from their first World Cup – but first they must overcome a stubborn Lithuania away in Kaunas – a very tricky game at such a crucial stage.
Greece, on level points with Bosnia, are at home to bottom-of-the-table Lichtenstein but have a vastly inferior goal difference – Bosnia just have to win to make sure they don’t suffer their own Greek tragedy.
Vincent Kompany won’t be involved as group-winners Belgium complete their impressive campaign against Wales in what is likely to be a celebratory evening in Brussels, while Argentina, guaranteed top spot in their group and with Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta looking sure to start, are away to Uruguay.
We’ll have regular updates on our official Twitter account of how all our players are geting on plus a full round-up right here on mcfc.co.uk after the final whistles have blown.