Thank Goodness for Football9th Oct 2017 |
This second week of October marks a rather quiet period for sporting events in Britain. Elsewhere around the world there are other events taking places such as the World Ironman Championship in Hawaii but for Britain the only main event is that of the ever-popular football.
The only event taking place this week is one of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. This week’s qualifier is held on the 9th October and is between Wales and Republic of Ireland, with the game giving Wales a home advantage as it is being played in Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. A Group D game, this is one of just nine groups created for the 2018 World Cup. Each of these groups contains just six teams, which will all play against each other in order to determine the overall qualifiers. Group D contains Wales, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Georgia and Moldova.
The Winner Takes it All
This game is of great importance to both teams. Their previous World Cup Qualifier on 24th March 2016 was a home advantage for the Irish side, held in Dublin. It resulted in a well fought nil all draw, made more impressive by Wales playing the last twenty minutes with just ten men. This rematch could very well determine which of these two sides makes it through at all. There is all to play for.
Throughout the year the six teams in each group will play against each other gaining points on wins and losses. The winner of each group will automatically go through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. For the runners up, all is not lost as the nine runners up will have the chance to move into the play-offs where four home and away matches will be played in order to acquire the last four qualifiers for the World Cup. The 9th October marks the last day of the Group D qualifiers and could well be an all to play for game between these two teams as thus far they are sitting in second and third spot – that much sought after runner up spot just up for grabs.
What is on in the Sports World Next Week?
Next week, sports fans can enjoy a rather eclectic mix of sports with the excitement of Ascot and flat horse racing, and also some American Football drama down at Twickenham stadium in London.