The fifth round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe will kick off tomorrow (Saturday), with the focus of the French national team’s matches in Ukraine and the Netherlands at home against Montenegro, after both stumbled in the midweek round.
Serbia – Luxembourg (19:00)
The improving Luxembourg is doing the unbelievable when she already has two victories from three games, on Tuesday she defeated Azerbaijan at home and in March she also stunned Ireland in an away game, but now she is expecting the three tough games at home: tomorrow she will host Serbia and next month she will host and host In Portugal. For the Serbs, who in the middle of the week defeated Qatar 0: 4 in a friendly match, it is a match they can not afford to stumble upon, even in light of the knowledge that a victory will attach them to the Portuguese at the top of the house at the end of the fourth round. Portugal will not take part in the weekend games in the qualifiers, but will face Qatar in a warm.up game (Saturday, 19:45 in Sports 4).
Ireland – Azerbaijan (19:00)
Ukraine – France (21:45)
Andrei Shevchenko left Ukraine after a successful euro and was replaced by Oleksandr Petrako, after a decade as the country’s youth team coach. His debut was unsuccessful when on Wednesday he parted ways with Kazakhstan 2.2 – a game in which Ukraine took the lead in extra time and absorbed immediately afterwards – and now he will have to try to beat the world champion, who also disappointed big in the middle of the week.
After winning just one game in the Euros and surprisingly relegated by Switzerland, France parted ways this week in a 1.1 home draw against Bosnia. Antoine Griezmann quickly erased an advantage set by Edin Dzeko, but Jules Conde was sent off in the second half and the tricolor failed to get back on the winning track. They still have a promising four.point advantage over Ukraine, so a win would bring them very close to securing a ticket to the World Cup, but Didier Deschamps and his players are aware that they face a high hurdle. “We did things badly and did not expect to end in a draw,” the coach admitted after the draw on Tuesday. The one who will be absent from the French squad this time is Killian Ambape, who was injured against Bosnia and according to “Lakip” has already left the team and returned to treatments in Paris.
Finland – Kazakhstan (16:00)
Netherlands – Montenegro (21:45 in Sports 4)
Louis van Gaal’s renewed debut on the lines as coach of the Netherlands national team, in his third term, opened with a 1.1 draw in Norway on Wednesday. Arling Holland scored first, Davey Klassen only managed to equalize and so the Turks kept the lead of the closest house – leading by 8 points followed by the Netherlands, Montenegro and Norway with seven points each.
Since Turkey will host Gibraltar and Norway in Latvia, games in which the Orange doubt that the rivals will lose points, they have no choice but to beat Montenegro at the stadium in Eindhoven, who on Wednesday saved a point when they equalized 2: 2 in Turkey. Virgil Van Dyke is set to move up for the second game in a row in the squad after recovering from an injury for which he has been absent for nearly a year and the offense is expected to continue for Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay.
Latvia – Norway (19:00)
Gibraltar – Turkey (21:45)
Slovakia – Croatia (21:45 in Sports 2)
On Wednesday, Russia and Croatia met and parted ways in a goalless draw, a result that maintained the status quo at the top of the house: seven points each. Slovakia and Slovenia, who met in parallel and finished 1.1, have not been able to take advantage of this to narrow gaps or complete a makeover at the top, but now they will have another chance.
Croatia will arrive in Slovakia without the injured Luca Modric, while Marseille stopper Dolia Celta.Tsar is in great doubt for the game. According to reports in Croatia, Ivan Prisic or Andrej Kramaric could pay the price of capacity in the middle of the week and go down to the bench. Slovakia is set to open with Vladimir Weiss, Robert Mack and Aunt Andrei Duda trying to surprise the 2018 World Cup finalist.
Slovenia – Malta (19:00)
Cyprus – Russia (19:00)