Action shifts to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers this weekend with action in the South American and Africa qualifiers.

In Europe, action is on a number of top notch friendly matches as the leagues take a weekend break.

Focus will certainly be in the Brazil and Peru fixture next Wednesday at the former’s backyard.

Brazil who played arch-rivals Argentina on Thursday morning will be looking to improve on their campaign which has so far been anything but impressive.

The former World champions beat Venezuela in their last qualifying match but this came after they had gone down to Copa America champions Chile and from now on coach Dunga will be under pressure to pick wins in the remaining fixtures.

Dunga will be happy to have Barcelona forward Neymar back after a long term suspension. Neymar has been impressive for his Spanish side scoring seven goals in ten matches and it is what Brazil will need to ensure victory at home.

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Before tackling Brazil, Peru must do away with Paraguay at home on Saturday in one fixture they will do everything to ensure goes their way.

In the African qualifiers, Uganda Cranes carry a 1-0 goal advantage into their return match against Togo in Kampala.

The East African side will easily make it to the next round even with a barren draw.

Uganda Cranes have been impressive under coach Michu and just missed out from playing in this year’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

Their Kenyan neighbours face a potential difficult return match against Cape Verde away on Tuesday.

The Kenyans will be hoping that the long travel to the venue of Tuesday’s match will have no impact on their performance.

Zambia takes on Sudan while African giants Ghana have an easy one against Comoros.

England plays away to Spain while Russia hosts Portugal in some of the international friendly matches lined up for Friday night.