Virtually as quickly because it began, the Nations League group phases are coming to an finish.
England can nonetheless qualify for subsequent 12 months’s finals, with Wales and Scotland each bidding for promotion to the highest flight (and the opportunity of a World Cup play-off place).
Northern Eire are attempting to keep away from relegation to League C.
Successful your group within the prime division sends you to the finals subsequent October, whereas ending prime of a bunch in a decrease league secures promotion.
The 2 highest-ranking group winners to not safe a spot for the 2022 World Cup or play-offs via common qualifying will earn a play-off place.
Ending backside of a bunch within the prime two leagues means relegation.
So who wants what from their ultimate two video games – and whose destiny is already sealed?
England: Belgium a (Solar, 15 Nov – 19:45), Iceland h (Wed, 18 Nov – 19:45)
England want Denmark to drop factors in opposition to Iceland or Belgium to have any likelihood of qualifying for subsequent 12 months’s finals and profitable the Nations League.
The Three Lions drew and misplaced their two conferences with Denmark, that means the Scandinavian aspect have the head-to-head benefit if they’re stage on factors, as they at present are.
Nevertheless if each England and Denmark beat relegated Iceland and draw in opposition to Belgium it could come right down to a three-way head-to-head tie (successfully a mini-group excluding Iceland outcomes).
Gareth Southgate’s aspect will probably be out of competition in the event that they lose in Belgium on Sunday. They can’t be relegated.
Northern Eire: Austria a (Solar, 15 Nov – 19:45), Romania h (Wed, 18 Nov – 19:45)
Northern Eire will keep away from relegation if they will beat each Austria and Romania.
They will afford to lose to or draw with Austria – as long as Romania don’t higher that consequence in opposition to Norway on the identical time.
Ian Baraclough’s aspect might want to beat Romania in that ultimate recreation, except they beat Austria and Romania lose to Norway. In that case a 0-0 draw could be sufficient (however a rating draw may not…)
They can’t be promoted.
Scotland: Slovakia a (Solar, 15 Nov – 14:00), Israel a (Wed, 18 Nov – 19:45)
Scotland simply have to win certainly one of their ultimate two video games – or draw each – to be assured of promotion to the highest flight, and enhance their possibilities of a World Cup play-off.
With the League A winners more likely to qualify for the World Cup anyway, the play-off locations could nicely come right down to the perfect League B winners.
Two attracts will probably be sufficient for Scotland as a result of they’ve the head-to-head edge with the Czech Republic.
They can’t be relegated.
Wales: Republic of Eire a (Solar, 15 Nov – 17:00), Finland h (Wed, 18 Nov – 19:45)
Wales will probably be promoted to League A – with a doable World Cup play-off spot – in the event that they win their ultimate two video games, though they’ve a lot much less room for error than Scotland.
Their ultimate recreation in opposition to Finland is more likely to be winner takes all. Wales can afford to attract that in the event that they beat the Republic of Eire on Sunday.
They can’t be relegated.
The Republic’s residence recreation in opposition to Bulgaria on Wednesday is more likely to resolve relegation, except each outcomes go their means on Sunday.
What has already been determined?
Certified for subsequent 12 months’s finals: France (A3)
Relegated: Iceland (A2)
What are another issues up for grabs?
In Group A1, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands are battling it out for a spot within the finals – solely separated by two factors. However the latter two usually are not protected from relegation but.
The winners of that group will host subsequent 12 months’s finals.
The winner of Spain v Germany in Group A4 on Tuesday will go to the finals. A draw could be sufficient for Germany.
The Faroe Islands and Gibraltar solely want one level every to maneuver as much as the third tier.