Saints foursome in action during international deciders

By SFC Media Sat 07 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Mario Lemina

With the last round of international group games now in full-swing, four more Saints stars are set to do battle, as the World Cup qualifying campaign nears its conclusion.

Defender Cédric will be hoping to help his side to victory over Andorra today (7.45pm BST), with Portugal's fate still hanging in the balance, before a head-to-head with Group B leaders Switzerland, in Lisbon, on Tuesday.

Portugal have won seven of their eight games in the group phase, their only defeat coming against the Swiss in the opener, who are three points above them but with the Portuguese holding a vastly-superior goal difference.

National compatriots Wesley Hoedt and Virgil van Dijk face an uphill battle in their bid for qualification, needing to beat Belarus tonight (7.45pm BST) and then likely score an emphatic win over Sweden on Tuesday to be in with a chance of a play-off spot.

In African qualification, Ivory Coast lead the way in Group C after four games, Morocco are second, one point behind, and Mario Lemina's Gabon are a point further back.

Gabon take on Morocco at the Stade Mohamed V, in Casablanca, tonight (8pm BST), and a positive result could keep them in with a chance of winning the group and securing a spot in the finals, ahead of their final game, at home to Mali, next month.

Several Saints Academy products are also on duty today, with Jonathan Afolabi, Michael Obafemi and Thomas O’Connor all involved in Ireland U19s' Euro qualifying tie with Cyprus.

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