Inside Matchday 7: Part 2

In part two of the McDonald's FIFA World Cup Predictor Matchday 7 feature, delves into the five remaining games. The deadline for Matchday 7 is 00:00 (GMT) 28 March. Predictors take note: just two days after Matchday 7, another round of FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers take place. Make sure to make your picks for Matchday 8 by 00:00 (GMT) 01 April.

Brazil may have overwhelmed Ecuador in their last meeting, but playing La Tri on their home turf has proved difficult for Dunga's men. In their last three visits to Ecuador, Brazil have lost twice and drawn once. Ecuador, who host Paraguay just two days after Brazil, will have to throw everything at these two fixtures for a spot at South Africa 2010. A home win over Brazil would return 91 points for risk-taking predictors.

Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Brazil 5-0 Ecuador (Rio De Janeiro, 17 October, 2007)
FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (7), Brazil (4), Ecuador (2) Draws (1)

France may have won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and reached the Germany 2006 Final, but Les Bleus have only had to run the qualification gauntlet once in their last three FIFA World Cup appearances, a fact the reflects in their somewhat poor performance thus far in South Africa 2010 qualification (played 3, won 1). They will be eager to turn their football fortunes around in the first match of their double-header against Lithuania.

Overall head to heads: Played (2), France (2, Lithuania (0)

Turkey and Spain have not played one another since an international friendly in Istanbul back in 1973. Turkey trail La Roja by 4 points in Europe's Group 5, and a win in Madrid would set them up for a chance to lead the group when they host Spain in Istanbul just two days later. Turkey have a slim five per cent chance of winning on the road, while Spain enjoy an 83 per cent probability of winning at home.

Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Turkey 2-2 Spain (Rome, 17 March, 1954)
FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (3), Spain (1), Turkey (1), Draws (1)

Slovenia-Czech Republic
With four of the six teams in Europe's Group 3 level on seven points, it's crunch time for South Africa 2010 hopefuls. Despite home advantage, Slovenia have only a nine per cent chance of winning against a Czech Republic team that are focused on climbing to the top of the group.

Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Czech Republic 1-0 Slovenia (Teplice, 15 October, 2008)
FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (1), Czech Republic (1), Slovenia (0)

African powerhouse Egypt, fuelled by a large contingent of Al Ahly players, will be favourites to brush aside Zambia. Egyptian coach Hassan Shehata will be expecting nothing less than finishing top of the group, something which the six time CAF Africa Cup of Nations champions should be able to do. At home to Zambia, Egypt carry an 82 per cent chance of winning.

Last FIFA World Cup qualifying meeting: Zambia 0-0 Egypt (Lusaka 31 July, 1977)
FIFA World Cup qualifying head-to-head record: Played (2), Egypt (1), Zambia (0) Draws (1)

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