Here below is an analysis of seven games that will be played on Thursday, the 25th of March.
Harambee Stars have not lost any of their last four home matches, winning three in the process. Since 1977 they have drawn three, and lost eight and won nine of their meetings against Egypt. The hosts beat Tanzania 2-1 in their last outing whilst the visitors beat Togo 3-1 in their last travel.
My prediction: over 1.5 match goals
Unbeaten in 33 straight WCQ fixtures in a streak that started in 2001 (W28,D5). German have tournament pedigree in abundance as the only nation to have secured a podium finish in every decade the World Cup has been held. Ilkay Gundogan has impressed with 12 EPL goals for Manchester City this season.
My prediction: Germany will win
22:45 England vs San Marino
England will expect a comfortable win to open this World Cup Qualifying WCQ campaign and with good reason: they've scored 5+ goals against the microstate San Marino in all six previous head to heads. Jesse Lingard who undisputably earned an England recall must fancy a fourth goal in five outings in London.
My prediction: HT/FT win for England
22:45 Spain vs Greece
The 2010 WC winners last home outing without a victory in any WCQ or European Championship Qualification (ECQ) match was way back in March 2013. The 17 consecutive victories have been accompanied by an average winning margin of 3.41 goals.
My prediction: Spain will win
22:45 Italy vs Northern Ireland
Always intimidating as hosts, the 'Azurri have won five (D3) of their last eight competitive matches held in Italy. The hosts opened the scoring in six of those eight outings.
My prediction: Italy will win
22:45 Hungary vs Poland
Europe's currently most in-form forward Robert Lewandowski has scored in three consecutive games for Poland. His side will rely on his prowess considering that they are facing a Hungarian side whose four of their past six fixtures have seen the a goal arrive inside the opening 25 minutes.
My prediction: over 0.5 goals before HT
22:45 Sweden vs Georgia
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns after a four-year absence and his last two WCQ group stage home games saw him score three and assist one of Sweden's four strikes.
My prediction: Sweden will win
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