The prime two groups in Qualifying Group A meet on Sunday with Portugal needing only a level to safe their computerized place in subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.
Fernando Santos’ facet have not at all times been at their finest in this marketing campaign, however they’re unbeaten and will likely be assured of avoiding defeat in a World Cup qualifier, one thing that hasn’t occurred since September 2016.
Serbia have been in good type lately and can go for broke right here, however they’re a a lot stronger facet at house. On the highway, they’ve been held by Republic of Ireland and wanted late objectives to scrape previous Azerbaijan and Luxembourg. They might want to go on the offensive right here and that will likely be very best for a Portugal workforce that’s lethal on the break. Back the house facet to e book their World Cup place with a win.
Sunday’s Cheltenham card options loads of top quality National Hunt racing, with the choose of the contests being this four-runner Grade One steeplechase that includes 4 of the finest two-milers in the sport.
Politologue is the oldest horse in the race, although has the type to match his rivals right here, the solely query mark towards him being his desire for softer floor than he’ll discover at Cheltenham this weekend, whereas Rouge Vif is a probably fascinating wild card having moved to Paul Nicholls since final season.
But this race appears prone to come down to a different duel between Champion Chase first and second Put The Kettle On and Nube Negra. A final fence stumble from Nube Negra most likely price him victory in March and connections will likely be hopeful of turning issues spherical right here. That could possibly be difficult, nonetheless, freely giving 7lb so desire is for Put The Kettle On, who additionally has a a lot better file at this observe.
Neither facet has something to play for in their ultimate World Cup qualifying fixture, however it’s a native derby of kinds and there will likely be satisfaction at stake.
Kosova are backside of Group B and have by no means threatened to be in rivalry for a qualification spot, however they’ve proven loads of braveness on the highway, narrowly beating Georgia and giving a very good account of themselves in Spain.
Greece are the stronger workforce, nonetheless, and victories over Sweden and Georgia meant they have been nonetheless in rivalry for a minimum of the runner-up spot at the begin of October. That hope pale with defeats to Spain and Sweden, however they will nonetheless finish the marketing campaign on a excessive and look a strong guess to prevail right here.
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