The group draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers takes place on Saturday with Netherlands waiting to find out their opponents.

  • By Michael Bell
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neth 2-0 spainAt 4pm UK time the draw for the qualifers takes place in Russia, with Netherlands included among the top seeds in pot one. Danny Blind’s side will avoid the likes of Germany, Spain and Belgium, but could be drawn in the same group as either Italy or France.

The complete seedings for the draw are:

Pot 1: Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, England, Wales, Spain, Croatia

Pot 2: Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pot 3: Ukraine, Scotland, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Albania, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Greece

Pot 4: Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Estonia

Pot 5: Cyprus, Latvia, Armenia, Finland, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Moldova

Pot 6: Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Andorra

The nine group winners head directly to the tournament in Russia, while the eight best runner’s up must fight it out in the play-offs. Netherlands will definitely be drawn in a six team group due to Media rights.




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