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Straight into it then with the group winners. No matches have been played just yet, as they get started this coming Friday.
Croatia and Serbia will be big threats in this group, with both having been to major finals over the past few years. British nations Wales and Scotland will be more involved with their own mini-league than actually qualifying for the World Cup.
Macedonia will cause an upset or two along the way, but the stand-out favourite for this group is Belgium, who have put a cracking squad together over the past two or three years. Brazil 2014 is their chance to shine.
One good side, two decent ones and three also-rans make up this group. Italy should, really, have no trouble topping it.
Denmark and Czech Republic have talented individuals scattered through their squad but will be battling it out for the runners up spot. Bulgaria have been a spent force for two decades, while Armenia and Malta will fight to avoid the wooden spoon.
A very interesting group indeed, but one which should see Germany win quite comfortably overall. There could be plenty of excitement along the way with Ireland and Sweden both capable of beating big opposition at home, and Austria no slouches either.
Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands provide opportunities for goals.
Holland should be the clear favourites in Group D, but they will have to significantly improve on their Euro 2012 showing as a squad. Even so, over 10 matches you'd expect them to have too much for their group rivals.
Turkey will put up the best fight, with Romania and Hungary nurturing young, improving squads. Estonia and Andorra are the other two teams, with the former capable of taking points off teams with their strong defence.
Possibly the most open group in the entire stage. At least three sides will fancy their chances of topping the table, though Iceland, Cyprus and Albania are mere makeweights. Slovenia could have a real impact in this group, and though Norway are historically solid, they are at a poor point with their international team.
Switzerland could go through here.
The minnows of Luxembourg, Azerbaijan and, to a lesser extent, Northern Ireland will not cause any waves in this group, but Israel stand an outside chance of qualification if they can get a good start and pick up points away from home.
Many will tip Portugal to win, but Russia are a hugely talented side and can go the distance.
Not a group which should inspire much watching from the neutrals, but Slovakia could spring a surprise or two to win it ahead of Greece.
Bosnia-Herzegovina will also challenge to likely leave Lithuania, Latvia and Leichtenstein licking their wounds. Lovely.
Eastern Europe dominates the talent in this group with one notable exception, with England sure to be too strong to be overcome by Poland, Ukraine or Montenegro.
Moldova and San Marino should provide weak opposition for all four of the other teams.
A clash of the titans sees France and Spain in each other's group, but Spain are World Cup and European champions for a reason and should top their five-team league in style.
Belarus, Georgia and Finland are no mugs but have been dealt a rotten hand.