As the race to Qatar 2022 heats up, the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers will play host to two nations, Scotland and Wales, as they seek their own path to the group stages. Scotland will host Ukraine at Hampden Park, while Wales and Christian Bale will offer Austria their own brand of FIFA World Cup hospitality at Cardiff.
Theoretically, Scotland and Wales have a path where they will meet at next year’s World Cup, since both nations are drawn in Path A. This path brought them to their present situation and with Ukraine and Austria on the other end, they face a steep uphill climb.
Wales to Have a Good Draw
Of the two, the FIFA World Cup playoffs looks better for Wales. In the event that the country manages to qualify, they will face either Scotland or Ukraine next in the Final. Afterwards, it should be onwards to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where they will face stiff competition from other countries who qualified.
Wales’ interim manager, Rob Page, said that it should be a knockout affair to meet Scotland in the final. He did promise that the full focus at the meantime will be on Austria, who will try to be in the final instead. Scotland will also have to go through the same route, but Ukraine has already won at Hampden, where they beat Sweden in June at the Euro 2020’s last-16.
In Other European Affairs
Meanwhile, all eyes are still on Italy and Portugal, whose fortunes cannot be any worse. One of these countries may see themselves on the outside looking at the FIFA Football World Cup, after both had been drawn in Path C. They face each other outright for the right to participate in the competitions.
It appears that Italy has the better fortune, opponent-wise. They were drawn into the path to face-off against North Macedonia. Barring a miracle, Italy would progress to face Portugal in their own finals, possibly. North Macedonia’s ranking in the world—they are at 67th place—makes them the lowest-ranked team in the playoffs.
Scotland’s Chances May Be Historic
Scotland will have to be in their finest form against Ukraine if they want a repeat of their appearance, the last of which happened at the 1998 World Cup. However, their match against Ukraine should be interesting to fans and 12BET Sportsbook players alike. This Ukraine team gave their opponents a fight en route to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals, where they ran into eventual runners-up England.
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