Big games all round

While many predictors enjoyed big rewards in Matchday 11, the Matchday 12 menu provides a tougher challenge. Can you predict how the following matches are going to end?

Panthers v Lions: Gabon-Cameroon
Africa's Group A has provided some of the biggest surprises in FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers so far. Favourites Morocco and Cameroon currently occupy third and fourth place respectively while surprise package Gabon remain unbeaten. Gabon host Cameroon on Matchday 12, before traveling to Yaounde a few days later to once again face the Indomitable Lions. The first of the two matchdays gives the Black Panthers home advantage.

FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (2), Cameroon (2), Gabon (0)
Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Cameroon 2-1 Gabon (Yaounde, 13 August 1989)

Battle of the Eagles: Nigeria-Tunisia
In Africa's Group B, The Super Eagles have had their feathers ruffled by Mozambique, while Tunisia have soared to the top. With only one qualification place available, the Nigeria-Tunisia match could very well determine which of the two sides will take part in South Africa 2010. A Tunisian win would widen the gap between the two nations to 5 points, and almost certainly stifle Nigeria's qualification chances. However, a Nigeria victory would shoot them into first place with only two games remaining. With so much at stake for both teams, this meeting will most certainly be very different to their goalless draw in June.

FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (7), Tunisia (3), Nigeria (2), Draws (2)
Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Tunisia 0-0 Nigeria (Rades, 20 June, 2009)

While most people have written of Portugal's 2010 FIFA World Cup hopes, the Germany 2006 semi-finalists have a chance to launch a final qualification drive when they face Denmark. A win against the Danes would put the Portuguese on a strong footing leading into their two fixtures with current runners-up Hungary. Portugal will, however, have to dig deep if they aim to overpower a team that remains unbeaten this far in Europe's Group 1.

FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (3), Portugal (2), Denmark (1)
Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Portugal 2-3 Denmark (Lisbon, 10 September 2008)

Superstar showdown: Argentina-Brazil
With seven FIFA World Cup trophies between them and boasting superstar line-ups, the football world's attention will turn to South America on 6 September when Argentina host Brazil. Which way will it go? As always with these two teams, this is a difficult one to predict; the two sides are locked at two wins apiece in previous qualifiers.

FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (5), Brazil (2), Argentina (2), Draws (1)
Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Brazil 0-0 Argentina (Belo Horizonte, 18 June 2008)

Asian play-off: Bahrain-Saudi Arabia
In the first of a two-legged playoff, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will battle it out for the opportunity to play New Zealand for a qualification place. Bahrain will have to make the most of home advantage when they face a team that they have yet to beat in FIFA World Cup qualification.

FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (3), Saudi Arabia (2), Bahrain (0), Draws (1)

Matchday 12 fixtures (5 and 6 September)
Côte d'Ivoire-Burkina Faso
Costa Rica-Mexico
Bahrain-Saudi Arabia