We've gone through 11 days of games and its time to recognize which teams still have a chance at the playoffs and which are pretty much done.
Group A: France is a sure thing for the playoffs and should manage to get the top spot as well. Sudan is looking like it will advance easily, but I don't think its at the guarantee stage yet. El Salvador needs to win out - highly unlikely but strange things can happen. Italy tries hard but won't advance again. Somalia was out before it even played its first game.
Group B: Jamaica has looked really good so far but still needs to play Laos and Afghanistan and anything can happen in those games. I'm giving Jamaica a 50/50 shot to make it through. They've choked in the past and they don't deserve anyones confidence at this point. Besides an opening game tie to Afghanistan, Laos has been pretty dominant. I fully expect this team to rally and they're my pick to win the group. I'll take them over Jamaica. Germany looks like its best days are behind it. A competitive team without the firepower to compete in this loaded group. Northern Ireland has a win against South Korea and won't have another meaningful result. Afghanistan has played twice and looks good, but squadered two leads and now only has two points to show. Going to be an uphill battle, just like last year. Will come down to the game against Jamaica for that final playoff spot. South Korea is bad again.
Group C: Poland has taken care of business in the games it needed to win, even if it barely managed. Will be in much tougher against Canada and Nigeria. Nigeria got a big, lucky win against Canada and then did its annual faceplant against Hungary. Hungary has played well and managed a big win, but I can't see it making the playoffs. Canada looks great, got one unlucky result, and now will probably win out the group and get the top seed. Norway has played OK, but no goals means no wins every time. Game against Greece to decide who gets last in the group. Greece tackles hard and has a good keeper. I'm expecting Canada to get top spot and Poland to get second.
Group D: Soooo wide open. Scotland, Ireland, Portugal and Serbia are pretty much equal, with two games remaining apiece. This could go any way and since I've avoided the games in this group I can't make an educated prediction. Scotland likely has the easiest games left, so I'll give them second spot and then based on raw talent Ireland will likely get first in the group again. Colombia choked away its chance for the playoffs and Djibouti doesn't know how to defend.