Who Ireland could face in World Cup play-offs after beating Wales

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Of the teams now in the play-offs, only Northern Ireland, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Croatia have secured their places.

The Green and White Army are more likely to face seeded opposition with undesirables such as Italy and Portugal lurking among the possibles.

Northern Ireland are set to learn their fate in the play-offs next weekHow is the play-off draw decided? Portugal or Switzerland from Group B are both well above NI in the rankings too.

The playoff draw will take place next Tuesday (October 17th) at Federation Internationale de Football Association headquarters in Zurich and it's expected to begin at 1pm. Also in with a shout are Sweden from Group A and Group I's runner-up, should it be Ukraine or Croatia.

In fact, during this impressive streak, Northern Ireland also kept five clean sheets in a row.

Northern Ireland need ALL of the following to happen in order to be seeded.

However, for the purposes of this idle slice of sporting speculation, let's say Ireland defeat Wales in Cardiff and the Ukraine and Croatia draw putting Slovakia through. To win on their territory was a great result for us. Republic of Ireland and Serbia are both below NI in the rankings.

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The eight teams in the play-offs are seeded by Fifa World Ranking, rather than by the number of points they accumulated in their group. But if the Netherlands get their unlikely landslide win and make the play-offs, they would be ranked ahead of NI as well.

Greece and Sweden are also nearly certain to qualify for the play-offs - the Greeks simply need to beat minnows Gibraltar (a team that has lost every tournament qualifier in its brief history) and Sweden would have to lose by seven goals to the Netherlands to miss out.

Ireland can secure second spot in Group D and a play-off place with victory over Wales but will be without Southampton striker Long for the crucial clash.

Group I: Croatia or Ukraine.

Group C: Northern Ireland.

If both matches produce a victor, then Slovakia, the runners-up in Group F, will be eliminated as worst runners-up.


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