Tuesday 16 October 2012
Barclays Premier League players are travelling far and wide in the latest round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches on Tuesday. Here is a round-up who is playing where in the CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, Asia and Oceania qualifying sections.
Argentina have the chance to strengthen their grip over the group when they take on Chile in Santiago on Tuesday.
The Albiceleste lead by one point after their 3-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday with Chile five points adrift in fifth and desperate to claim a place in the top-four automatic qualification spots.
Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta are in the Argentina squad while West Bromwich Albion's Gonzalo Jara and Wigan Athletic’s Jean Beausejour started for Chile in Friday’s 3-1 defeat by Ecuador.
Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates will try to help Uruguay get back to winning ways in their tie in Bolivia while Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia returns from suspension for third-placed Ecuador as they take on Venezuela.
Bolivia v Uruguay, Paraguay v Peru, Venezuela v Ecuador, Chile v Argentina
Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard will be aiming to put the United States in the next stage of qualifying when they take on Guatemala in Kansas City.
The USA, with 10 points from five matches, need one point from the final contest to progress from Group A. If their match does not end in a draw, Jamaica could sneak through.
Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez is expected to feature for Mexico as they take on El Salvador. The Mexicans are leading Group B by eight points and have made it through to the next round.
Costa Rica, who have Fulham's Bryan Ruiz and Everton's Bryan Oviedo in their squad, will guarantee themselves a place in the final round if they overcome winless Guyana at home. Ruiz is 50-50 to play after withdrawing with a groin injury during the previous match.
In a closely fought Group C, two teams from Panama, Canada and Honduras will make it through.
Stoke City's Wilson Palacios and Wigan Athletic's Maynor Figueroa will feature for Honduras as they host the Canadians in San Pedro Sula.
A draw will be enough for Canada, who are likely to name Norwich City forward Simeon Jackson in their starting line-up, while Honduras will make it through with a win.
Group A: Jamaica v Antigua, US v Guatemala
Group B: Costa Rica v Guyana, Mexico v El Salvador
Group C: Cuba v Panama, Honduras v Canada
Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen returned from injury to captain New Zealand to a 3-0 success against Tahiti in his hometown of Christchurch on Tuesday to maintain their 100% record.
West Ham United defender Winston Reid did not feature because of lower-back and hamstring pain, while West Bromwich Albion's Chris Wood, who is on loan at Millwall, was an unused substitute.
The All Whites lead the qualifying table after four games, three points ahead of New Caledonia.
New Zealand 3-0 Tahiti, New Caledonia 5-0 Solomon Islands
Fulham's Mark Schwarzer, Brett Holman of Aston Villa and Liverpool’s Brad Jones are in the Australia squad for their crucial tie against Iraq in Doha.
Australia suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Jordan last time out and are without a win in their opening three matches, leaving them in third and eight points behind Group B leaders Japan.
Group A leaders, South Korea, have named Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng in their squad for the trip to second-placed Iran, for whom Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah is back in the mix.
The top two teams from each group qualify.
Qatar v Uzbekistan, Oman v Jordan, Iraq v Australia, Iran v South Korea
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa will be in action on Tuesday as Japan take on 2014 hosts Brazil in Poland.
Kagawa scored the winner against France on Friday and the 23-year-old has urged his side to maintain their form ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying tie against Oman on 14 November.
"Brazil are a stronger team than France so it should be a real challenge," said Kagawa. "We've said we want to reach the quarter-finals of the next World Cup.
"In that case we have got two years to improve in a lot of areas, and we need to learn to play with more confidence. We are capable of playing a lot better."
Chelsea midfielder Oscar and team-mates Ramires and David Luiz were in the Brazil side that beat Iraq 6-0 in Sweden on Friday, with Oscar scoring the first two goals.