- First spherical of Concacaf qualifying for Qatar 2022 drawing to an in depth
- Six second-spherical locations up for grabs
- FIFA.com previews the final matchdays
The first spherical of Concacaf qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is nearing its finish. Drawn into six teams, the 29 groups in motion will battle it out between 4 and eight June for the six locations within the second spherical. FIFA.com seems to be forward to a make-or-break few days of soccer and picks out the groups greatest positioned to maintain their World Cup qualification hopes alive.
Montserrat’s 1-1 draw with El Salvador in March blew the group extensive open. That shock end result means the stakes can be excessive when the Salvadorans entertain Antigua and Barbuda on the final matchday. The two sides are joint prime of the part on 4 factors. As for Montserrat, they are going to be gunning for their first-ever World Cup qualifying win on 2 June, once they entertain US Virgin Islands, who misplaced each their opening video games.
Canada and Suriname have pulled clear in what seems to be a two-horse race. As in Group A, the large recreation within the part will come proper on the finish, when the 2 sides face off in Bridgeview, Illinois on 8 June.
The Canadians have a aim distinction of +15 and can be hoping to extend that much more once they face Aruba on 5 June. Suriname, who’ve but to concede a aim, will must be at their greatest to blunt the menace posed by Canada’s Alphonso Davies and Cyle Larin, Concacaf qualifying’s main scorer.
John Herdman’s defence will even be examined of their final recreation. Suriname coach Dean Gorre can rely on gamers of the calibre of Gleofilo Vlijter, Ryan Donk and Nigel Hasselbaink, the nephew of former Netherlands striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. The encounter between the 2 sides guarantees to be fascinating and one of many standout matches of the qualifiers to this point.
Curacao and Guatemala are battling it out for prime spot. In a repeat of the situations in teams A and B, the duel between them will go right down to the final matchday on 8 June, with Curacao entertaining Guatemala of their capital, Willemstad. The house aspect will go into the sport as favourites and can be coached for the event by former Ajax and Netherlands ahead Patrick Kluivert, who has taken cost of the nationwide workforce whereas Guus Hiddink recovers from COVID-19.
Dominican Republic prime the part on aim distinction from Panama, with each side having gained their two video games to this point.
Los Canaleros entertain the present group leaders on 8 June and can hope to make house benefit rely as they bid to return to the World Cup 4 years on from their match debut at Russia 2018.
Nicaragua, Belize and Haiti are out entrance on three factors every. Belize have performed two video games to their opponents’ one, nevertheless, and might want to dig deep once they journey to Nicaragua on 4 June.
The decisive match within the group would look like Nicaragua’s go to to Haiti on 8 June, a match that can most probably determine who advances to the subsequent spherical.
St. Kitts and Nevis gained their first two video games with out conceding a aim and cleared the path within the part. Two factors behind lie Trinidad and Tobago, who drew 1-1 with Puerto Rico of their final outing.
The prime two meet on 8 June, when St. Kitts and Nevis will hope to document their first-ever World qualifying win over Trinidad and Tobago, who may have the benefit of taking part in at house.