Tonight sees the final set of international fixtures played in 2013 with a number of friendlies and all-important World Cup play-offs taking place.
The old rivalry between England and Germany will be restored again as they meet at Wembley, with Scotland and the Republic of Ireland also in action this evening.
England v Germany
England host Germany in what is one of the oldest rivalries in football as the two meet for the first time in three years.
The greatest memory of the fixture from an Englishman’s point of view will undoubtedly be the 1966 World Cup final where England came through 4-2 winner to scoop their first and so far only world title.
But it hasn’t always been as rosy for the Three Lions. Remember the EURO 1996 when Germany denied England a place in the finals, beating them on penalties? How about the 2010 World Cup when Frank Lampard’s goal that wasn’t ended up seeing his side defeated 4-1?
That was the last meeting between the sides but Germany have gone onto become one of the strongest sides in World football of late, and are now ranked at number two in the rankings.
Joachim Low is expected to rest a number of his stars tonight with Mesut Ozil, Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer not expected to feature.
Joe Hart is recalled by Roy Hodgson after sitting out Friday’s defeat to Chile where Celtic keeper Fraser Forster played the full ninety minutes.
Daniel Sturridge comes into the side after sitting out Friday’s match with a foot injury, with Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverly, and Andros Townsend all coming into a new-look England side.
The game is live on ITV1 from 8pm.
Norway v Scotland
Scotland travel to Norway this evening for their final international of the year. Steven Naismith is set to lead Scotland’s attach tonight whilst Robert Snodgrass has withdrawn due to a hamstring injury. Kris Boyd returns to the Scotland squad after a three year exile.
This game kicks off at 6pm and is live on BBC Two Scotland.
Poland v Republic of Ireland
New Ireland management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane got off to the best possible start on Friday with a 3-0 win over Latvia.
They have a much tougher task tonight as they travel to Poland and will be without Robbie Keane who misses out with an Achilles injury.
This game is live on Premier Sports at 7/5.
World Cup Play-offs
There’s also the small matter of World Cup qualification for eight European sides tonight. Sweden will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Portugal to qualify for Brazil next year.
They’ll be relying on top performances from key players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic on making that happen. My Bet of the Day is on Sweden making it to Brazil, with Betfair offering the best price of 19/5.
This game is live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.
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