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There are 13 berths available for European nations at the World Cup—the largest amount given to any one continental zone.
There are nine groups involved—eight groups of six and one group of five. The winner from each group gains automatic entry to the competition and the eight best runners-up will be involved in play-offs to determine who gets the final four spots.
We have already seen Italy and the Netherlands qualify but who will be joining them?
It looks likely that Switzerland, Germany and Belgium will all progress. Each team needs just one point from their remaining two games to go through, so, barring disaster, they should feel confident.
Russia need to win their final two games, away to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.
Spain also need to win their remaining fixtures, against Belarus and Georgia, both at home.
Belgium will go through automatically if they win or draw their next game against Croatia on October 11. Croatia are the only other team who can qualify from this group, as they currently sit six points ahead of Serbia and have a better goal difference.
With Italy already qualified, Bulgaria and Denmark are competing to see who can make the play-off spots. On 13 points and with 13 goals scored, Bulgaria looks like the most likely contender, all they have to do is beat Armenia away from home on October 11.
If Bulgaria lose and Denmark beat Italy, the race will be back on for the final round of games on October 15. The Czech Republic and Armenia look very unlikely to elbow their way back into contention, currently on nine points apiece, with two tricky ties remaining against Malta and Bulgaria (Czech Rep), and Bulgaria and Italy (Armenia).
Germany need to avoid defeat when they play the Republic of Ireland next month, and they are through. Vying for a play-off spot are Sweden and Austria on 17 and 14 points, respectively. In a key match, the two teams with meet in Sweden on October 11.
If the hosts win, they are through to the play-offs. Unless Ireland pull off a miracle and the two teams above them lose all their remaining games, they will not be travelling to Brazil this summer.