What to watch for in Sunday's European Qualifiers

Spain travel to the surprise Group G leaders, Serbia prepare to test Austria's record and comeback kings Iceland host comeback kings Turkey. Here's the pick of Sunday's nine games.


And the Group G leaders are ...
It is a quarter of a century since four goals from Emilio Butragueño helped consign Albania to a 9-0 defeat in EURO '92 qualification. That is one of a full quota of five wins in the fixture for Spain, who have scored 24 and conceded just two in the process. Yet the 2016 Albania team will be no pushovers. Fresh from a first major finals this summer, Gianni De Biasi's side have won two out of two in qualifying and it is they – not heavyweights Spain or Italy – who top Group G.
Albania v Spain, 20:45CEST

Other matches in Group G
Israel v Liechtenstein, 18:00CEST
FYR Macedonia v Italy, 20:45CEST

Who will steal a march in Group D?
Group D is already shaping up to be a real nail-biter, with four teams level on four points after the first two games. With only the table toppers guaranteed a place in Russia in 2018, every point will count. Austria will be well fancied having dropped only two points en route to UEFA EURO 2016 – it is now three years since they lost a EURO or World Cup qualifier. Yet there are signs that Serbia, so disappointing in recent campaigns, may be awakening from their slumber.
Serbia v Austria, 20:45CEST

Other matches in Group D
Wales v Georgia, 18:00CEST
Moldova v Republic of Ireland, 20:45CEST

Highlights: Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Highlights: Turkey 1-0 Iceland

Comeback kings v comeback kings
Turkey came from 2-0 down to draw with Ukraine on Thursday, but remarkably that wasn't even the most impressive fightback in Group I. That prize goes to Iceland, who won despite trailing Finland 2-1 after 90 minutes. Iceland have an impressive record against Turkey (W5 D2 L2), whom they beat 3-0 at home in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying. Morale will be high for the youthful visitors, though, and Turkey fans will not need reminding that it was a victory over Iceland that snatched a EURO place for them – courtesy of a late goal, of course.
Iceland v Turkey, 20:45CEST

Other matches in Group I
Finland v Croatia, 18:00CEST
Ukraine v Kosovo, 18:00CEST