Rivalry Headlines World Cup Qualifiers


  Posted: 11 Nov 16, 19:03

By: Ronnie Aloyo

Rivalries will headline the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers this weekend, as teams look to seal their places in Russia.


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Brazil vs Argentina has already served football diehards with more than they had hoped for. A resurged Brazilian outfit effectively sorted out Argentina in a masterful 3-0 spanking, with Coutinho and Neymar the destroyers-in-chief.



Coach Tite and Brazil made it five straight wins, and inflict more pain on an Argentine side caught in sixes and sevens. Argentina is under pressure to get the answers right, lest they miss out on  a place at the global showpiece.


The battle between the South American giants set the stage for a fierce rivalry set to play out this weekend.


England remain top of Group F despite some unimpressive shows against Malta and Slovenia last month. The Three Lions faceoff with a wounded Scotland in the world’s oldest rivalry that dates back to 1872.


Scotland has often refered to England as the ‘Auld Enemy’, and this fixture is worth watching.


Southgate will look to win this one, if his intentions are to keep the England job permanently. This fixture will be determined by more than just the form of both sides. Defensively, England has a better record. The Scots have not been great at the back, although they have compensated that with some great goals upfront.


This is a tight one, that is likely to end in a draw.


Egypt faces off with Ghana in another exciting fixture, that oozes with rivalry. A couple of years ago,  The Black Stars crushed  Egypt by 6-1 at home, to inflict on the Pharaoh’s their biggest defeat, and one of the worst at that stage.


Egypt too, has had its fair share of happy moments. The most memorable has be the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations final, where they won 1-0.  


The Egyptians are certainly bracing themselves to avenge the 6-1 loss. North Africa and Egypt precisely is never an easy hunting ground. Ghana will certainly need strong character to get a goal, leave alone a point.


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Both sides have been drawn in the same groups for the  2017 Africa Cup of Nations  in Gabon and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.


Overall, 24 games have been played between the two sides. Egypt has  won 11, Ghana 8, while 5 have ended in draws.


Algeria welcome West African powerhouse Nigeria in another of the weekend’s top drawer friendlies.


The Algerians last defeated the Super Eagles at the 1990 Africa cup of nations final in Algiers.


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Super Eagle’s most memorable victory over Algeria would be in 1994 when they denied them a place in the 1994 World Cup.


Nigeria is on 4-match winning streak, and has won 2 of its last 3 competitive games at home. Algeria is unbeaten in 8, including 4 away matches. Such a humdinger building up! Besides the rivalry, there is so much at stake, and this will be a tight fixture, likely to end in a 1-1 dra

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