Timo Werner is looking to seize his chance to impress up front for Germany, with Jermain Defoe hoping for an Indian summer with England, as the top two meet in qualifying Group E.
Is it Timo time for Germany?
Already five points clear at the top of Group C after four straight wins, Germany head to Azerbaijan looking to give Leipzig forward Timo Werner a chance to sparkle. Once clocked running 100m in 11.1 seconds at the age of 17, the 21-year-old former Stuttgart man has scored 14 Bundesliga goals this term.
"He has been playing well all season," said Germany boss Joachim Löw. "I am looking forward to having a closer look at him." Leipzig coach Ralph Hasnhüttl is sure he will not be disappointed, noting: "Timo Werner is already good, but he will be great one day."
Azerbaijan v Germany, 18:00CET
Other games in Group C
San Marino v Czech Republic, 18:00CET
Northern Ireland v Norway, 20:45CET
Montenegro covet Poles' position
With the teams immediately below them in Group E – Denmark and Romania – looking to reignite indifferent campaigns in Cluj, Montenegro have a great chance to challenge the section leaders, Poland.
With one centre-back, Žarko Tomašević, injured and another, Marko Baša, doubtful, Ljubiša Tumbaković's men may not relish meeting a Robert Lewandowski-powered Poland (the Bayern München striker hit seven goals in his first four games in the group). The visitors, however, will not be looking forward to facing Stevan Jovetić either, Montenegro's vice-captain having looked sharp during his loan spell at Sevilla.
Montenegro v Poland, 20:45CET
Defoe defies odds with England recall
With 14 goals this season for the Premier League's bottom club, Sunderland, Jermain Defoe earned a return to the England squad at 34. Having won the last of his 55 caps in November 2013, Defoe is delighted to be in with a chance again. "I was getting grief from my team-mates for still having the England flag on my boots," he said.
Devastated to have been omitted from England's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, he is now eyeing a last hurrah in Russia in 2018, saying: "If I do get an opportunity to get to another major tournament it will be a dream."
England v Lithuania, 18:00CET