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WC qualifying Group E preview

Iceland coach Lars Lagerback says his players will respect the ability of Tuesday's opponents Switzerland when the two sides meet.

Lagerback has guided Iceland to second place in Group E after the opening three games and a win over the Swiss would see them move to the head of the group.

Lagerback expects a challenge but believes he has identified a weakness in the Switzerland side that he will look to take advantage of.

"Switzerland should be respected, a team that impressed by the quality and speed of its passing game," he said.

"Maybe they suffer from a slight lack of efficiency, because when they have the ball so often, they should score more goals."

Meanwhile Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld could find himself in hot water following Friday's 1-1 draw with Norway.

The German was photographed aiming an apparently offensive gesture towards referee David Fernandez Borbalan during the match.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel 'will evaluate the case and define next steps' but Hitzfeld will be able to take charge of the side in Iceland as normal.

With most of the group taking points from one another only four points separate group leaders Switzerland and bottom side Cyprus, who could not add to their surprise win against Iceland last month as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat in Slovenia on Friday.

Norway, currently third in the standings, travel to Cyprus with AEK Larnaca defender Jason Demetriou warning Egil Olsen's side not to expect an easy ride.

"Playing at home we will try to be more aggressive and hopefully win the match," he said.

"In Slovenia we could not achieve what we hoped for; however, playing in front of our supporters things will be far different. "We believe in our ability and I personally believe that we can reach our goals."

Albania welcome Slovenia to Tirana in the other Group E clash, with both sides locked on three points and looking to secure a win that could potentially see them move to within two points of the group leaders.