The playoff draw for the 2018 World Cup is made on Tuesday and the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will be the Home Nations' interested parties.

By finishing as runners-up in their respective groups, the two countries each secured a playoff spot and now have two matches to clinch their place in Russia.

On Monday the latest round of FIFA rankings were released with the four highest-ranked teams given seed status for the draw.

Northern Ireland are 23rd in the latest rankings while the Republic of Ireland are 26th. That means both nations are unseeded, as expected.

The seeded teams will be Switzerland (11th), Italy (15th), Croatia (18th) and Denmark (19th).

That means the two Home Nations, along with Sweden and Greece, will have to wait to discover which of the seeded sides they will face in the playoff rounds.

We've assessed their prospective opponents and come up with the best and worst scenarios for the two countries.

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