The world’s major domestic leagues are on a two-week hiatus to make way for the latest rounds of World Cup qualification.
With zero points to their name in the CONCACAF Hex stage, the United States men’s national team is in desperate need of results against Honduras and Panama. The team is blighted by injury and a recent history of uninspiring outings, but the stats suggest Bruce Arena’s side will put some points on the board.
In Europe, the behemoth ties are few and far between, but there are games of vital consequence for the likes of the Netherlands, Wales and Sweden. Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic get one more shot on the World Cup stage before hanging up his boots?
The most intriguing action, however, will be taking place south of the Equator. Colombia are in genuine danger of failing to qualify for the World Cup, and Lionel Messi’s Argentina find themselves in a similar position.
Take a look at our World Cup qualifier guide and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.