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2018 World Cup Playoff Draw Italy vs Sweden Highlights Europ

2017-10-22 02:40 provenance:未知 sentiment: comments(0

Italy are by some distance the most decorated country still left in UEFAs qualification process, having won the World Cup on four occasions, the most recent of which came in 2006. The Azzurri have also finished as runners-up twice.

The FIFA World Cup Twitter account confirmed the results of Tuesdays draw:

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland?play?Switzerland,?Croatiatake on?Greece and?the Republic of Ireland will have to beat?Denmark if theyre to claim one of Europes four remaining spots in next years World Cup finals.

One might be tempted to think the Swedes are less of a threat following Zlatan Ibrahimovics retirement from international football, but bookmakers Unibet recently provided evidence to the contrary:

Northern Ireland have their work cut out for them as they attempt to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986,anda playoff clash against?the highly ranked Switzerlanddoesnt bode well?for their chances.

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Italyand?Switzerlandwill ncy their chances of progressing after finishing second to Spain and Portugal in their respective groups, although Sweden could present a tricky obstacle for the four-time world champions.

According to statistician Simon Gleave, manager Martin ONeills men stand the best opportunity to cause an upset in the playoffs:

The first-leg fixtures will be played between November 9-11, while the return trips will take place between November 12-14.

Goals for Sweden in Ibrahimovics last 30 games: 3?7? Goals for Sweden in 15 games since he retired: 3?9? ???? Dare to move on. ?

Denmark were the only team in pot one who did not participate in the 2014 World Cup, while Greece stood out as the only team in pot two that did.

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Northern Ireland, Croatia, Denmark and Sweden will each host the first legs of their respective playoff encounters, meaning Switzerland, Greece, Republic of Ireland and Italy can look forward to ending on home soil.

Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark entered the draw as the four highest-placed teams in the latestFIFA rankings, while Northern Ireland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Greece made up the second pot.

The Republic of Ireland have endured the second-longest wait of any team left in the mix, meanwhile, after iling to feature in the finals since 2002.

A clash between?Italy and?Sweden will headline the 2018 FIFA World Cup UEFA qualifying playoffs after the two European powers were drawn against one another in Tuesdays second-round draw.

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