Live Soccer TV

Live Soccer TV App for iOS
Live Soccer TV App for Android
European World Cup playoffs analysis

European World Cup 2018 playoffs 1st legs: team news, head-to-head, and odds

November 7, 2017 By Ali M.
Eight countries will battle it out for four remaining spots. Here's everything you need to know about the first-leg match-ups.

The international break is finally here. While fans will be disappointed to see play halt in Europe’s major leagues, there will be something exciting to watch for footballer lovers: the 2018 European World Cup playoffs.

The eight best second-placed teams in Europe will go head-to-head for UEFA’s four remaining tickets to Russia: Those counties are Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Greece.

Here's everything you need to know.

What are the matchups?

Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Italy, European World Cup playoffs, 2018 World Cup, World Cup qualifying

What are their FIFA world rankings?

  • Switzerland: 11
  • Italy: 15
  • Croatia: 18
  • Denmark: 19
  • Northern Ireland: 23
  • Sweden: 25
  • Republic of Ireland: 26
  • Greece: 47

Who are the key players absent? 

Ireland’s hopes of making it through have been rocked by the absence of James McCarthy. The Everton midfielder has been omitted from the squad due to a hamstring injury. He will be joined by Seán Maguire on the sidelines, who also picked up a hamstring injury.

Denmark has their own worries. Defenders Simon Kjaer and Henrik Dalsgaard have been ruled out, while Nicloai Jorgensen is a huge doubt after fracturing his wrist.

Head to head

Croatia vs Greece

Croatia wins: 1

Draws: 3

Greece wins: 2

Northern Ireland vs Switzerland

Northern Ireland wins: 2

Draws: 1

Switzerland wins: 1

Sweden vs Italy

Sweden wins: 6

Draws: 6

Italy wins: 10

Denmark vs Ireland

Denmark wins: 3

Draws: 5

Ireland wins: 5

Key facts

  • Greece has qualified for the last two World Cups courtesy of the playoffs.
  • Northern Ireland could qualify for back-to-back major tournaments for the first time in their history.
  • The last time Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, Sweden was the host nation.
  • Ireland won their last two meetings with Denmark by a combined score line of 7-0. 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Croatia 4 - 1 Greece

November 9, 2017 2:45pmStadion Maksimir (Zagreb)

This match has ended. Below are the original Live broadcast details for this match.

Live TV coverage and streaming in United States

ESPN Deportes USA
ESPN3 USA
ESPN Deportes+ USA
WatchESPN

Northern Ireland 0 - 1 Switzerland

November 9, 2017 2:45pmWindsor Park (Belfast)

This match has ended. Below are the original Live broadcast details for this match.

Live TV coverage and streaming in United States

ESPN2 USA
ESPN3 USA
WatchESPN

Sweden 1 - 0 Italy

November 10, 2017 2:45pmFriends Arena (Solna)

This match has ended. Below are the original Live broadcast details for this match.

Live TV coverage and streaming in United States

fuboTV
Fox Sports 1 USA
FOX Sports GO
FOX Deportes
FOX Soccer Match Pass
SiriusXM FC

Denmark 0 - 0 Ireland Republic

November 11, 2017 2:45pmTelia Parken (København)

This match has ended. Below are the original Live broadcast details for this match.

Live TV coverage and streaming in United States

fuboTV
Fox Sports 2 USA
FOX Sports GO
FOX Deportes
FOX Soccer Match Pass

Follow the game on-the-go

Download our iOS and Android apps to follow on-the-go. It comes packed with features - live scores, fixtures, results, tables, line-ups, stats, TV schedule and much more! Sorry, no live streaming within the app.

Live Soccer TV App for iOS Live Soccer TV App for Android

 

 


Newsletter Signup »

Email: Why Signup?

Upcoming Top Matches »

Live Soccer TV App
Follow the game on the go
Download the Live Soccer TV App for
iPhone and Android
Live Soccer TV App for iOSLive Soccer TV App for Android

FIFA World Cup TV Schedules and Official Live Streaming Listings

Live Soccer TV does not host or provide any FIFA World Cup live streaming or videos on this website. We provide World Cup TV schedules of the official rights holders only, and link to the legal live streams where available. This website is not related, owned or affiliated with FIFA or any of the teams participating in World Cup. The World Cup TV schedule is geotargeted to your location. If you wish to see which TV channels broadcast and/or stream the World Cup in your country, please visit the World Cup page for full details.
Round of 16
Jun 30 10:00amKazan
France 4 - 3 Argentina
Jun 30 2:00pmSochi
Uruguay 2 - 1 Portugal
Jul 1 10:00amMoscow
Spain 1 - 1P Russia
Jul 1 2:00pmNizhny Novgorod
Croatia P1 - 1 Denmark
Round of 16
Jul 2 10:00amSamara
Brazil 2 - 0 Mexico
Jul 2 2:00pmRostov-on-Don
Belgium 3 - 2 Japan
Jul 3 10:00amSaint Petersburg
Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland
Jul 3 2:00pmMoscow
Colombia 1 - 1 England
Quarter Final
Jul 6 10:00amNizhny Novgorod
Uruguay 0 - 2 France
Jul 6 2:00pmKazan
Brazil 1 - 2 Belgium
Jul 7 10:00amSamara
Sweden 0 - 2 England
Jul 7 2:00pmSochi
Russia 2 - 2P Croatia
Semi-final
Jul 10 2:00pmSaint Petersburg
France 1 - 0 Belgium
Jul 11 2:00pmMoscow
Croatia 2 - 1 England
Third place match
Jul 14 10:00amSaint Petersburg
Belgium 2 - 0 England
Final
Jul 15 11:00amMoscow
France 4 - 2 Croatia