Teams through to South Africa after the weekend’s games
Teams which can still make it to South Africa this week
Portugal – likely runners up in Group 1
Switzerland – they need one point to secure automatic qualification from Group 2; Israel, Greece or Latvia are all still in the running for a play off place.
Slovakia and Slovenia in Group 3 – The Slovaks are at least guaranteed a play off place. Draw or win against Poland on Wednesday night and the group is theirs. Slovenia will beat San Marino and can still win the group if Slovakia slip up. Otherwise it’s the play offs for them.
Russia – runners up in Group 4
Bosnia – runners up in Group 5
Croatia or Ukraine – chasing the runners up spot in Group 6
France – runners up in Group 7
Republic of Ireland – runners up in Group 8
The winner of this week’s Uruguay – Argentina game will qualify automatically. If Argentina lose and Ecuador beat Chile, Maradona’s team will not even have a play off place. If Argentina draw and Ecuador beat Chile, Uruguay will lose out.
North, Central America and Caribbean
Costa Rica and Honduras – after this week’s remaining games on Thursday morning one will take the dreaded fourth spot and a play off place against the fifth placed South American team.
Africa (The final African qualifiers take place in November)
Cameroon or Gabon (Group A)
Tunisia or Nigeria (Group B)
Algeria or Egypt (Group C)