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FC Yahoo's World Cup Qualification guide



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RYAN BAILEY: Welcome to FC and your guide to everything you need to know about the World Cup qualifiers in this international break.

Let's start here in the CONCACAF region, where the USA really needs to improve on their tally of zero points from two games in the Hex.

Bruce Arena's side hosts Honduras in San Jose on Friday evening before heading to Panama the following Tuesday.

Bobby Wood and Fabian Johnson have been added to a long list of injuries, but it does seem likely that the USMNT are going to get some points on the board finally.

They've beaten Honduras in their last three competitive games and haven't lost at home to them competitively since September 2001.

And the US has beaten Panama in 10 of 12 total meetings.

Over in UEFA, each team has got just one World Cup qualifier to play.

And there's no huge clashes, except for maybe Ireland against Gareth Bale's Wales on Friday afternoon.

The Welsh need the points to get into the qualification spot in group D.

A Wayne Rooney-less England should get past Lithuania on Sunday.

Zlatan's Sweden needs points against Belarus on Saturday for a chance to get into those qualification spots in group A.

But they may be kept out of Russia by the Netherlands, who face a tricky trip to Bulgaria.

But if you watch any World Cup qualifiers, you need to prioritize South America, where it's really heating up.

Argentina and Colombia are both sitting outside of the automatic spots after 12 games, with Uruguay and Ecuador looking to keep one of those giants out.

Argentina are going to replay the last two Copa America finals against Chile on Thursday evening, followed by a difficult high-altitude trip to Bolivia next Tuesday.

Colombia need a result at high-flying Ecuador on Tuesday to stay with the pack, too.

Meanwhile, this Thursday also sees a resurgent Brazil visit second-place Uruguay, Neymar versus Suarez in Montevideo.

There could be some huge upsets in South America, and these games are often pretty feisty, too.

Now, you'll struggle to see other qualifiers from other confederations on US TV, and there are no African qualifiers in this break.

But in Asia, 2022 host Qatar continue to be way off the mark in qualifying for Russia, and Australia face a difficult visit to Iraq on Thursday.

An impressive Saudi Arabia team is currently threatening their chances of making it to the big show next summer.

So that's your qualification guide.

My advice is to focus your attention on the drama in South America.

Give us your thoughts, @FCYahoo on Twitter.

I've been Ryan Bailey.

Thanks so much for watching.

Love to your mothers.

See you next time.