Race resumes on Matchday 6
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Looking Back
In Matchday 5, El Salvador's robertoche and Portugal's MDionisio17 both scored 455 points, resulting in a shared first place. The two men played almost perfect and identical rounds: both accurately predicted nine of the ten results and both snatched bonus points.

Going into Matchday 6, only 93 points separate the overall top three. fgabriel86 is the man to beat. The Portuguese jumped into first from sixth, after scoring 348 points. Second-placed Supercoach is only 81 points behind first, while Argentina's bichon is third, 12 behind the German.

Some key matches take place in North America, Asia and Europe in Matchday 6.

USA-Mexico
Columbus, Ohio's Crew Stadium is perhaps Mexico's least favourite venue. USA have never lost a FIFA World Cup qualifier there, nor have El Tri ever scored there. To aggravate matters for Sven-Goran Eriksson, Mexico have only won one of their last six games. Can this grudge match between the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup finalists help Eriksson reignite the Mexican fire, or will Bob Bradley's boys reign once more? A Mexico win returns 71 points, while a draw is the most unlikely result, returning 80 points.

Iran-Korea Republic
It's a battle at the top of Asia's Group 2, as leaders Korea Republic visit second-placed Iran. Iran have not lost against the Taeguk Warriors in their three previous meetings at home, but the South Koreans' coach Huh Jung-Moo is determined to make history. An Iranian win is worth 60 points, while a Korea Republic victory will return 64 points.

Japan-Australia
Unbeaten leaders of Asian qualifying's Group 1, Australia travel to Yokohama to face second-placed Japan. Japanese coach Takeshi Okada is in the hot-seat after a recent loss to Bahrain in an away qualifier for the AFC Asian Cup 2011. A win for the Blue Samurai would help reinstall Japanese confidence in Okada. Despite their surprise loss, Japan remain marginal favourites at 36 per cent to win.

Republic of Ireland-Georgia
A win for Republic of Ireland over Georgia would take them level with Italy at the top of Europe's Group 8. The Irish will be eager to beat a Georgian team that are winless in four group games. Georgia are massive outsiders at 7 per cent to win, and an upset returns 93 points.

Matchday 6 Fixtures
Iran-Korea Republic
Korea DPR-Saudi Arabia
Uzbekistan-Bahrain
Japan-Australia
El Salvador-Trinidad and Tobago
USA-Mexico
Costa Rica-Honduras
Malta-Albania
Republic of Ireland-Georgia
San Marino-Northern Ireland