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With no top-flight action this weekend BBM predictions has a distinctly exotic flavour (well as exotic as Ukraine and Romania can get anyway) as we take our psychic skills to the international stage for tonight’s World Cup qualifying play-off first legs.

Last week’s scores: 3 out of 7 correct results – But cut us some slack, not many people saw West Brom nearly snatching victory at Stamford Bridge or Crystal Palace achieving a clean sheet!

Iceland V Croatia

How the group went:

Iceland – 2nd ahead of Slovenia and rivals Norway

Croatia – One win in their last five games meant second place behind Belgium.

Iceland, the home of crazy singer Bjork, are hoping toqualify for their first ever World Cup but face a stern test against a Croatia side, who while not at the same level as a few years ago, still possess quality players such as Luka Modric. Former Chelsea favourite Eidur Gudjohnsen is somehow still going and will lead the attack for the home side. With Croatia stuttering over the line in the group stages after defeats to Belgium and Scotland, the tiny Nordic nation will look to make an early impression but face an uphill battle.

PREDICTION: 1-3

Greece V Romania

How the group went:

Greece – Lost out to Bosnia-Herzegovina only on goal difference.

Romania – Sneaked ahead of Turkey in the final round of matches.

Recently installed Manchester City No.1, Costel Pantilimon, is likely to start in goal for Romania who is seeking to qualify for their first World Cup since 1998 where they infamously all bleached their hair. While a victory here might not be greeted with such wild scenes it will be nonetheless impressive against a Greece side who conceded only four goals during qualifying and haven’t let one in at home in nearly 18 months. Romania has scored goals for fun recently however so it really could be a case of attack verses defence.

PREDICTION: 1-1

Portugal V Sweden

How the group went:

Portugal – Meandered to 2nd behind Russia

Sweden – 2nd, just ahead of Austria but behind Germany

The big one. Ronaldo vs. Ibrahimovic. C-Ron vs. Zlat. Greasy hair vs. greasy hair as two of the biggest talents (and ego’s) come head to head in this mouth-watering tie. While it is a shame these two great players won’t both be gracing Brazil next summer, it means this game is likely to be a good one and with both players in scintillating form this season with 48 goals between them already I predict goals. Oh and there will be twenty or so other players participating in this game too.

PREDICTION: 2-1

Ukraine V France

How the group went:

Ukraine – 1 point behind England

France – comfortably second behind Spain

France will begin the two-legged tie favourites but Ukraine proved in two draws against England that they are tough opposition – especially on home turf. They haven’t conceded a goal at home in over a year and are unbeaten in eleven games overall. Look out for Andriy Tarmolenko for them. France meanwhile have been somewhat erratic in recent times, and with the potential for squad unrest never too far away, coach Didier Deschamps will probably take a draw away from home.

PREDICTION: 1-1

By Alastair Davidson

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