The 10 big talking points ahead of this week’s World Cup qualifiers

After hundreds of matches spread across umpteen international breaks, we now get down to the business end of the lengthy 2018 World Cup qualifying process. Come October 10, at least 13 more teams will have joined Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia as definites for the tournament, which kicks off in Moscow next July.

These are the 10 major talking points with qualification on a knife edge for several nations, including World Cup royalty.

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