France and Spain both still harbour hopes of being seeded at the World Cup finals in the Dec. 1 group-stage draw. On paper, at least, they are outsiders to do it. The top-seven nations to qualify, based on FIFA’s October World Ranking, will join Russia as seeds. Guaranteed to be seeded (if they qualify) are: Germany and Brazil (already qualified), Portugal and Argentina. This leaves at least three spaces open, and in the September ranking we saw France in eighth and Spain in 11th. Even though France are just outside the top seven, their ranking score will be a maximum of 1,226 points if they beat Belarus to top Group A. Similarly, Spain will be on 1,218 points if they beat Israel in Group G. With the possible results of other nations taken into account, France and Spain are only guaranteed to be 11th and 12th respectively. Therefore, they need other nations to slip up.
seeded, they must win both games and hope at least four of the following happen:
- Portugal fail to qualify
- Poland fail to beat Montenegro
- Switzerland fail to beat Portugal (away)
- Chile fail to beat Brazil (away)
- Peru not to win at home to Colombia
- Wales fail to win against Republic of Ireland
For Spain to be seeded they will require five teams to slip up, which are taken from the above list with the added possibility of France failing to win one of their matches.
Edited : Football Highlight Pro
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