England and Ukraine were a point apart ahead of tonight’s crunch clash from Kyiv with the Brits having 15 points while their counterparts had 14.
Now, after last night’s 0-0 draw, England have 16 while Ukraine are in second still with 15. Montenegro are in third with 15 and Poland are right behind with 13. One slip up is all it takes in this competition, so anything can realistically happen.
England will finish the WC qualifiers with a Wembley double-header in four days starting with Montenegro on October 11 then Poland, who visit four days later. Both games are expected to produce six total points as they are very strong on home ground, especially inside one of the nation’s biggest and most beautiful stadiums.
Ukraine will host Poland in a game they are expected to win as they already won the road match 3-1 in Warsaw. Complacency will not be a factor in this match as the Polish players know that they have to win to keep their minds at ease about at least contesting for a playoff spot.
Montenegro is not expected to win in England, but will most likely be victorious four days later at home against Moldova. Besides the Ukraine, they are the most likely to advance into a playoff series.
Honestly, this group is a lot more exciting than was originally thought. England, Montenegro, Ukraine and Poland are all teams that are stacked with players who take part in huge club games in the better European leagues. However, at the end of the day, the team with the better group of players and mastermind of a coach will prevail.
In this case, it will certainly be England winning the group. Who follows them is a bit difficult to predict, as the next three all have plenty of fight left in their hearts.