The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup resumes on Thursday with teams able to clinch places in Russia in the penultimate European Qualifiers double-header.
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• The nine group winners will advance directly to join Russia in the 32-team FIFA World Cup final tournament.
• The eight runners-up with the best records against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs to decide the remaining four finals berths allocated to Europe.
Thursday 31 August
• The Netherlands need a result in France while Sweden face a Bulgaria side also in the Group A running.
• Switzerland defend their perfect record against Andorra as Portugal, whose goal difference is better by ten, aim to keep pace.
Group A: Bulgaria (9 points) v Sweden (13), France (13) v Netherlands (10), Luxembourg (1) v Belarus (5)
Group B: Hungary (7) v Latvia (3), Portugal (15) v Faroe Islands (5), Switzerland (18) v Andorra (4)
Group H: Belgium (16) v Gibraltar (0), Cyprus (7) v Bosnia and Herzegovina (11), Greece (12) v Estonia (4)
Friday 1 September
• The Czech Republic need to end world champions and FIFA Confederations Cup winners Germany's perfect record to stay in touch with Group C's second-placed team, Northern Ireland.
• Poland could move to the verge of the finals with victory in Denmark.
Group E: Kazakhstan (2) v Montenegro (10)
Group C: Czech Republic (9) v Germany (18), Norway (4) v Azerbaijan (7), San Marino (0) v Northern Ireland (13)
Group E: Denmark (10) v Poland (16), Romania (6) v Armenia (6)
Group F: Lithuania (5) v Scotland (8), Malta (0) v England (14), Slovakia (12) v Slovenia (11)
Saturday 2 September
• Spain and Italy meet in Madrid with the home side top of Group G on goal difference.
• Ukraine play Turkey in Group I. Both know victory is likely needed to keep their automatic qualifying chances alive.
Sunday 3 September
• Portugal and Switzerland want to avoid away slip-ups as they prepare for their October decider.
• Belgium will hope victory against Greece will take them to Russia, or at least to the verge of qualifying.
Monday 4 September
• Germany could be closing in on a finals place as nearest rivals Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic meet.
• Poland might also be able to qualify while England will aim to open up a virtually unbridgable advantage.
Tuesday 5 September
• The Republic of Ireland and Serbia meet at the Group D summit.
• The four challengers in Group I are all matched as Iceland host Ukraine and Croatia go to Turkey.
Group D: Austria v Georgia, Moldova v Wales, Republic of Ireland v Serbia
Group G: Italy v Israel, Liechtenstein v Spain, FYR Macedonia v Albania
Group I: Iceland v Ukraine, Kosovo v Finland, Turkey v Croatia