Scotland vs Poland
Today should’ve been the big day for both Poland and Scotland, but outside circumstances have changed that.
They were supposed to be facing Russia and Ukraine respectively in play-off ties, but the former’s invasion of the latter changed that.
For Poland, their World Cup qualification fate will still be decided this week as they’ve simply received a bye through to the Path B Final.
So, Czesław Michniewicz’s side will welcome Sweden or Czech Republic to Chorzów on Tuesday with the winners qualifying for Qatar 2022.
Scotland though will have to wait for their semi-final against Ukraine as that, and the subsequent final, have been postponed to June.
The Tartan Army will be looking to continue their excellent form having won their last six competitive matches, their best run for over 30 years.
These two nations last met in Euro 2016 qualifying with both matches ending in 2-2 draws as Poland qualified and Scotland missed out.
Will there be a winner at Hampden?
Hungary vs Serbia
Serbia will be hoping this is the start of a very memorable year.
In their last game, the Eagles qualified for World Cup 2022 by beating Portugal 2-1 in Lisbon thanks to Aleksandar Mitrović’s stoppage time header.
So, Serbia will appear in their third World Cup out of four as an independent nation, following 2010 and 2018.
Dragan Stojković’s side are currently unbeaten in nine competitive games, losing just seven of their last 43.
Mitrović remains their talisman up front having scored 44 times for his country, 40 of which have come from his last 46 caps.
Hungary will not be in Qatar in November having finished fourth in their qualifying group, below England, Poland and Albania.
Marco Rossi’s side have only won three of their last 11 internationals, two of which were at home to Andorra and San Marino.
These two teams met in the Nations League in 2020 with Hungary winning 1-0 in Belgrade before a 1-1 draw at the Puskás Aréna.
Kosovo vs Burkina Faso
After an impressive performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, Burkina Faso will test themselves with a pair of friendlies in Europe.
Back in January/February, les Étalons reached the semi-finals of AFCON before losing to eventual winners Senegal.
This continues their impressive recent record at the tournament having reached the 2013 final and the semis four years later.
But, Kamou Malo’s side failed to qualify for a first-ever World Cup last year, finishing second in Group A below Algeria.
On Tuesday, they’ll face the number one team in the world-rankings Belgium in Brussels so will be looking for a confidence-boosting win here.
Kosovo meanwhile finished bottom of their World Cup qualifying group last year with their only victory coming away to Georgia.
So, since a memorable run of results in 2018 and 2019, Kosovo have only won two of their last 17 competitive matches.
Armenia vs Montenegro
Neither of these two nations have ever qualified for a major tournament but both are hoping they might just be on an upward trajectory.
Armenia won their first three World Cup qualifiers but then didn’t win any of their subsequent seven so slumped to fourth in Group J.
Before this, Joaquín Caparrós’ side had enjoyed tangible success in the UEFA Nations League, gaining promotion to League B back in 2020.
So, the Mountaineers will be looking to claim their first win in almost a year in this friendly.
Montenegro also finish fourth in their World Cup qualifying group, only beating the bottom two Latvia and Gibraltar.
Just like their hosts too, the Brave Falcons won their Nations League C group last time round so will compete in the second-tier later this year.
The recent records of both suggest there isn’t likely to be anything to separate these two at Stepanakert Republican Stadium.
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