At first sight Trinidad and Tobago are warm favourites to top Group B in the second qualifying round in the CONCACAF zone, although opponents Guyana, Barbados and Bermuda will be intent on making life difficult for the Soca Warriors in what is one of only two all-Caribbean sections.
Trinidad and Tobago: After experiencing a crisis of confidence and a poor run of results, Trinidad and Tobago have turned to the much-travelled German coach Otto Pfister to steer them back to the big stage. Pfister himself, who managed Togo at Germany 2006, will be anxious for another shot at the FIFA World Cup™ finals.
Guyana: Guyana might not be recognised as one of the strongest nations in the region but they are more than ready to flex their muscles. Accustomed to beating pool rivals Barbados on a regular basis, the Guyanese also made life hard for T&T in their last showdown, putting up some stern resistance in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
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The crunch match
Guyana-Trinidad and Tobago
Sparks should fly at the matches between the two strongest sides in the pool, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, where the Golden Jaguars will hope their vociferous support can cheer them to a surprise win, will certainly play stage to a memorable match.
A look back
The only previous FIFA World Cup qualifying meetings between the Soca Warriors and the Golden Jaguars came in 1988, in the final six-team group in the preliminaries for Italy 1990. T&T won both matches, however, missed out on a place at the world finals, falling short on goal difference by a solitary goal.
Did you know?
As strange as it may seem for two teams from the same confederation, Barbados and Bermuda have only met once before, back on 19 November 2006, when the Barbadians made home advantage count with a 2-1 win.
Have your say
Will Group B throw up a surprise or will Trinidad and Tobago justify their favourites tag?