The domestic season may be behind us but this weekend will see another huge list of football fixtures with numerous international matches taking place across the globe.
This morning two of the biggest names in world football, Brazil and Argentina, met in front of a 95,000 crowd at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia for a friendly game. Argentina emerged victorious, winning 1-0 in head coach Jorge Sampaoli's first game in charge.
With huge pride at stake in Melbourne, the European sides taking part in this weekend's games are playing for considerably more – potential World Cup qualification.
Nine games will be played on each day from Friday through to Sunday, with the highlights including France's visit to Sweden on Friday and Scotland and England taking part in the latest instalment of the oldest fixture in international football.
Here at Betting Sites we will take a look at all of this weekend's fixtures. Below is a rundown on Friday's games.
Belarus vs Bulgaria
Netherlands vs Luxembourg
Sweden vs France
The top two meet at the Friends Arena in Stockholm with France currently holding a three-point lead over Sweden in the group. Paul Pogba will line up for France in the stadium where he lifted the Europa League trophy with Manchester United last month.
The star-studded French squad also boasts the incredible attacking talents of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Dimitri Payet and Ousmane Dembele, so expect goals in this fixture.
Hoping to keep up with the leading pair are Bulgaria and the Netherlands. Neither side qualified for last summer's European Championships and will need to improve if they are to reach the World Cup in Russia next year.
Andorra vs Hungary
Faroe Islands vs Switzerland
Latvia vs Portugal
Perhaps surprisingly, Switzerland are the early front runners in Group B. Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 title last summer and boast a wealth of young talent, supplemented perfectly by currently World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo, but are currently three points of the Swiss after losing 2-0 when the sides met last September. Both teams face very win-able games on Friday and will be expected to retain the top two positions right the way through qualification.
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Greece
Estonia vs Belgium
Gibraltar vs Cyprus
In very much a group of two halves, any one of three sides could top the group and qualify for Russia. Belgium lead the way on thirteen points from their opening five games, with Greece (eleven points) and Bosnia (ten points) poised to pounce on any potential Belgian slip-up.
Even without Chelsea star, Eden Hazard, Belgium will be expected to see off Estonia on Friday. Their nearest two rivals meet in Bosnia.
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