Crunch night in South American qualifying group
It's a big night for Liverpool FC striker Luis Suarez who will be desperate to fire Uruguay to victory in their mouthwatering final World Cup qualifier with Argentina in Montevideo.
Oscar Tabarez’s side must secure maximum points and hope there is a clear winner in the game between Chile and Ecuador in Santiago.
Uruguay need to overturn a six-goal deficit on Ecuador or a four-goal gap to the Chileans if they are going to force their way into the top four and celebrate automatic qualification.
Argentina have already won South American qualifying with second-placed Colombia also assured of a trip to Brazil.
If results don’t go Uruguay’s way tonight then they will finish fifth and face Jordan in a two-legged play-off to qualify.
Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger will also be praying for a miracle tonight.
His Denmark side must beat Malta and hope Bulgaria slip up at home to Czech Republic in Group B if they are going to have any chance of reaching the play-offs.
Only eight of the nine second-placed teams from the European groups progress to the play-offs so the Danes also need results elsewhere to go their way.
Fellow Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will be out to ensure that Denmark don’t force their way in at France’s expense.
Sakho played the second half in France’s 6-0 friendly triumph over Australia at the Parc des Princes on Friday.
Victory at home to Finland tonight will book the French a play-off berth at least. They could yet top Group I but only in the unlikely event that leaders Spain lose at home to Georgia tonight.
The stakes are lower for Martin Skrtel, who scored an own goal in Slovakia’s 1-0 defeat to Greece on Friday. Slovakia travel to Latvia knowing that third is the highest they can finish in Group G.
Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet will be hoping to get an opportunity to shine in Belgium’s final qualifier at home to Wales tonight.
With Atletico Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan from Chelsea, currently the first choice shot-stopper, Mignolet watched from the bench as the Belgians secured top spot in Group A with a 2-1 win away to Croatia on Friday.
Liverpool duo Victor Moses and Kolo Toure will return to Melwood on a high this week after their nations moved a big step closer to World Cup qualification.
Moses played the opening 66 minutes at the Addis Ababa Stadium as Nigeria secured a dramatic 2-1 win over Ethiopia in the first leg of their play-off.
The Super Eagles trailed to a goal from Behailu Assefa but hit back thanks to a brace from Emmanuel Emenike. Nigeria will have home advantage for the second leg on November 16.
Toure was an unused substitute as Ivory Coast celebrated a 3-1 home victory over Senegal in the opening leg of their play-off.
Didier Drogba’s penalty and an own goal from Lamine Sane put the Elephants in control and Salomon Kalou added a third before Papiss Cisse pulled one back deep into stoppage time.
Reds midfielder Lucas Leiva will be out to impress Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari when they take on Zambia in today’s friendly in Beijing.