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World Cup play-offs: where the four European ties will be won and lost

Will Switzerland build on their form in qualifying? Are Italy going to a 15th straight World Cup? Will Croatia beat Greece? And will the Irish enjoy some luck?

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Switzerland have a right to feel hard done by having not qualified automatically with 27 points from 10 matches. Not only did they pick up their best ever points haul from a qualifying campaign, but they also finished with a higher total than five of the nine group winners in Europe. That said, Northern Ireland will go into the tie with hope, knowing the Swiss were handed a very favourable group draw.

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