The World Cup is almost here and there are just a few more places left for Russia 2018.
A dramatic final day of qualification saw the Republic of Ireland edge out Wales, while Greece’s win in Cyprus ensured they had enough to beat out Bosnia-Herzogovina for a chance to qualify.
Martin O’Neill and Michael O’Neill, whose Northern Ireland side were impressive to finish second behind Germany, will learn their fate this week.
The Republic of Ireland are experienced at this stage, with eight ties in their history, winning three of them and currently on a two-win streak since beating Estonia to reach Euro 2012 and Bosnia-Herzogovina to qualify for Euro 2016. Northern Ireland, though, will take part in a play-off for the first time in their history.
Here’s everything you need to know about the draw that will throw up eight enthralling games with everything at stake.
When and where is the draw?
The draw will take place at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Tuesday at 14:00 local time (13:00 BST).
The eight teams will fight it out over two legs, with away goals separating them in the event of a tie, or extra-time (with away goals still counting) and penalties if needed.
Who’s in the draw and who is seeded?
Northern Ireland and Republic Ireland are joined by fellow non-seeds Greece and Sweden.
Italy, Croatia, Switzerland and Denmark are the seeded sides also in the draw.
How were the seeds decided?
The seeds were determined by the world rankings, with Switzerland (11th), Italy (15th), Croatia (18th) and Denmark (19th) to benefit from a home game in the second leg of the two-leg tie.
Northern Ireland (23rd) just missed out due to being four places below Denmark, while Sweden (25th), Republic of Ireland (26th) and Greece (47th) will also look to do their damage in a home first leg.
Who can Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland draw?
As non-seeds, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland cannot draw Greece or Sweden. So it’ll be Italy, Croatia, Switzerland or Denmark.
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The first legs will take place from November 9-11 with the return legs on November 12-14.
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