Cats in action in final round of qualifiers

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Nine Sunderland players could feature as qualification beckons.

Ondrej Celustka could earn his first cap for the Czech Republic as the World Cup qualifiers enter the final round of fixtures.

Sunderland’s on-loan defender is yet to be capped by his nation at senior level and Tuesday evening’s must-win match with Bulgaria could provide him with a debut.

Should the Czech’s win in Sofia they’ll stand a slim chance of qualification if Denmark fail to beat Malta.

A win for Bulgaria will secure second place in the group for Lyuboslav Penev’s side but a play-off place is unlikely due to their inferior points total compared to other second-place teams.

Also in Group B, Emanuele Giaccherini could feature as already-qualified Italy host Armenia in Naples.

Cesare Prandelli’s side are yet to taste defeat during qualification but they’ll have to be on their guard as Tuesday’s opponents still stand a slim chance of qualification.

Armenia are reliant on other results but should they win against Giaccherini’s side, and Denmark fail to beat Malta whilst Bulgaria and the Czech Republic draw, they would qualify.

Seb Larsson’s Sweden secured second place in Group C of the European Qualifying section on Saturday and they host group winners Germany.

Regardless of the result in Solna, the Swedes will play in the play-off round to determine whether or not they will qualify for the finals in Brazil.

John O’Shea could return for the Republic of Ireland as the Green Army host Kazakhstan in Dublin.

The former Manchester United defender missed Saturday’s defeat to Germany due to suspension but could return to the Kazakhs in the final game of qualification.

David Vaughan’s Wales face in-form Belgium in Brussels at the King Badouin Stadium looking to end their campaign with back-to-back wins.

Belgium are unbeaten in the qualifying round and have already qualified for the finals whilst Chris Coleman’s side could finish as high as third with a win.

Elsewhere, Ki Sung-Yueng and Ji Dong-won could feature for South Korea in a friendly with Mali in Cheonan.

Meanwhile, Charis Mavrias’ Greece under-21 side host Malta as they look to get back to winning ways in their Euro 2015 qualification group.

Saturday’s defeat to Turkey meant Mavrias and his teammates have one win and one defeat from their opening two games.