Euro 2012 Qualifiers: Montenegro vs England And 5 Games To Watch This Friday
Multiple clubs in the coming games are on the bubble for immediate qualification or a trip to the playoff rounds in hopes of seeing their country rise to glory at next summer's 2012 UEFA European Championships.
Defending European and World Champion's, Spain, are already locked in but multiple clubs are looking to ensure they get a crack at the top dogs of Europe.
Germany were runners-up in the 2008 European Championship loosing out to Spain thanks to a second half strike from Fernando Torres in his previous prime.
Die Mannschaft are charging into the gates hoping for a rematch and a change of fortunes from their third place World Cup finish.
Greece and Croatia face a tough test on either side as both are vying for the top spot of their group, while England needs only a point against Montenegro for immediate qualification.
This Friday will set the tone for the action that follows next Tuesday in the final match day of the group stage, and we are likely to see teams best line-ups if they have a spot up for grabs.
Turkey vs Germany
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The Group A showdown between Germany and Turkey should be a great match to watch.
A victory for the Turks could see their qualification standing pretty much solidified.
They currently sit two points above Belgium who face a less daunting opponent in Azerbaijan for Friday's match.
If Turkey lose they will hope that Germany can dominate Belgium on Tuesday. With two draws and a victory in their past three qualifiers it will be another hard fought game for the Western Europeans.
Germany will look to just keep building on their success as a side.
The 2008 European Championship runners-up are hard pressed to make an impression with another chance to climb the mountain that Spain knocked them off of.
After a third place finish at the 2010 World Cup, they are considered contenders as usual.
Turkey Starting XI: Volkan Demirel; Egeman Korkmaz, Sabri Sarioglu, Servet Cetin, Hakan Kadir Balta; Selcuk Sahin, Arda Turan, Mehmet Topal, kta Kurtulus; Umut Bulut, Burak Yilmaz.
German Starting XI: Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Mat Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Holger Badstuber; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller; Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski.
Players to Watch: Arda Turan and Lukas Podolski.
Scandinavian Derby Sweden V Finland
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Sweden and Finland will face off in a Scandinavian border derby in Group E on Friday afternoon.
While the game means little to the Finns who are placed out of the Euro's it means everything for Sweden to continue earning points.
The Netherlands have already locked in their place at the top but the Swedes are level on points with Hungary.
Even though their goal differential is 10 goals to the good, it means little if they fail to get results.
Johan Elmander and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will hope to lead a powerful Swedish attack that gets an early breakthrough to build on.
They are coming off of a loss to Hungary and then a victory over lowly San Marino in their last qualifiers.
Match Prediction: Sweden should be a solid winner 3-1 over the Finnish.
Sweden Starting XI: Andreas Isaksson; Martin Olsson, Daniel Majstorovic, Andreas Granqvist, Mikael Lustig; Christian Wilhelmsson, Kim Kallstrom, Rasmus Elm; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Johan Elmander, Ola Toivonen.
Players to Watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mikael Forssell.
Greece vs Croatia
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Croatia holds a one point lead over Greece as they head into the final two matches of their qualifying campaign in Group F.
Luka Modric will be hoping to facilitate a top performance against a stingy Grecian defense.
Georgios Samaras is likely to be the loan Greek striker up top and he will be doing all that he can to find a hole in the Croatian defense.
A Greek victory sends them two points clear at the top but does not save them, while a victory for Croatia locks in their place at the head of their group with a guaranteed spot next summer.
Match Prediction: Croatia find their way through the stuffy Greek defense and take a 2-1 victory and clinch qualification.
Greece Starting XI: Michail Sifakis, Kiriakos Papadopoulos, Loukas Vyntra, Socratis Papaststhopoulos, Ioannis Zaradoukas; Giorgos Karagounis, Grigoris Makos, Fetfatzidis Ioannnis, Nikos Liberopoulos, Dimitrios Salpigidis; Georgios Samaras.
Croatia Starting XI: Stipe Pletikosa; Vedran Corluka, Josip Simunic, Darijo Srna, Dejan Lovren; Ivan Strinic, Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric, Ognjen Vukojevic; Mario Mandzukic, Eduardo.
Players to Watch: Georgios Samaras, Luka Modric and Eduardo.
Andorra vs Ireland
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Ireland sit second in Group B by only a point over Armenia who they face this coming Tuesday.
Before that they have a must win match against Andorra who are at the bottom of the table.
With the shamrocks having been ousted erroneously from the 2010 World Cup, they will be making an all out effort to win back some damaged pride in the 2012 European Championship.
Shay Given and Robbie Keane will be looking to lead their squad to victory.
They managed to hold off a Russian assault in their last qualifier that saw them fire 24 shots to Ireland's 3 in a game where they dominated possession 62/38.
Match Prediction: Ireland are the clear favorites and should take the first step in solidifying their stake at a place in the tournament 3-0.
Andorra Starting XI: Josep Gomez; Jordi Rubio, Oscar Sonejee, Marc Bernaus, Emili Garcia; Josep Ayala, Christian Munoz, Marc Vales, Fernando Silva; Sergi Moreno, Marcio Vieira.
Ireland Starting XI: Shay Given; Stephen Ward, Richard Dunne, Darren O'Dea, Stephen Kelly; Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Aiden McGeady; Kevin Doyle, Robbie Keane.
Players to Watch: Sergi Moreno and Robbie Keane.
Montenegro vs England
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England need a point to solidify their immediate place in the 2012 European Championships when they face off against Montenegro this Friday.
Wayne Rooney will hope to continue a prolific season.
Andy Carroll's goal in the Merseyside Derby last weekend will have him gunning for a place up front alongside the Manchester United forward.
Montenegro fell to Wales their last time out. They remain the only three points on the Dragons tally in what has been a disappointing campaign for the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy.
Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic will look to keep their hopes alive against a strong England side to try and find a way back to the top.
They hope the Three Lions will stumble on the last two legs towards the finish line.
Match Prediction: Montenegro have a solid attack but England proves to be class in a 3-1 away victory for Rooney and Co.
Montenegro Starting XI: Mladen Bozovic; Milorad Pekovic, Stefan Savic, Sasa Balic, Radoslav Batak, Simon Vukcevic, Nikola Drincic, Elsad Zverotic; Mirko Vucinic, Radomir Djalovic, Stevan Jovetic.
England Starting XI: Joe Hart; Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Ashley Young, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker, Stewart Downing; Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll.
Players to Watch: Stevan Jovetic and Wayne Rooney.
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The first round of action on Friday will be great to watch as it will create the headlines for the finally day of the group stage next Tuesday.
All the matches listed before directly will correlate to a club either making it into at least the playoffs or crashing out.
I cannot wait to see all the action on Friday.
For additional match information and news you can also check out the Czech Republic V Spain: Euro 2012 Preview, Team News, Prediction.