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  1. RaveDave

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    State of play after Gameday 8. Group A - England virtually qualified. Czech Republic in a strong position to qualify also, they may only be a point ahead of Kosovo but play them at home on gameday 9, even if they lose that, they go to bottom of the table Bulgaria on gameday 10 and Kosovo play England. Group B - Ukraine have qualified. Portugal in a strong position to qualify even though they are only 1 point ahead of Serbia, their last two games are home to Lithuania and away to Luxembourg, those should be straight forward wins, whilst Serbia are home to Luxembourg and Ukraine. Group C - Germany and the Netherlands are going through or else this forum post is pointless Group D - Switzerland are in a strong position, their game in hand on the ROI is home to Georgia and their last game is away to Gibraltar, those should be straight forward wins and with it qualification. Denmark's game in hand on the ROI is home to Gibraltar, which will set up a shootout in Dublin, withe ROI needing a win to qualify or they are in the play-offs. Group E - Probably the tightest group of them all with 4 teams still in contention to qualify, 3 of which suit us with Hungary being the one we don't want to qualify. Key games are Matchday 9 - Croatia vs. Slovakia, Matchday 10 - Wales vs. Hungary Group F - Spain have qualified, Romania and Norway pose a threat to Sweden. Key games are Matchday 9 - Romania vs. Sweden, Matchday 10 - Spain vs. Romania Group G - Poland have qualified, Austria only need 1 point to join them. Group H - France, Turkey have virtually qualified leaving Iceland in the Group A play-offs. Group I - Belgium and Russia have qualified. Group J - Italy have qualified and Finland are virtually through. We are probably 90% sure of a play-off at this point in time
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    Second best all over the park tonight, they would be the weakest team in the League B playoffs, its just a pity that playing them would bring up all sorts of other rubbish.
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    I should have said move one of the 4, not 5, Bosnia would stay in League B as a Nations League Group Winner.
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    After Finland's win today, Bosnia are in big trouble in terms of qualifying automatically, then need to win their game tonight in Greece and then beat Italy at home and then win away to Liechtenstein and then hope that Finland drop two points against either Liechtenstein at home or Greece away. Its highly likely we get Bosnia but not set in stone yet, if the Republic drop into the playoffs and we end up with 5 League B teams available for the League B play-offs, then there will be a draw which will move one of five into League A alongside Iceland and two League C teams if it was us that moved that would mean no Bosnia and a home game in the play-off semi-final, but we don't normally get good luck like that, its more likely the ROI would have that kind of luck.
  5. RaveDave

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    Russia win and qualify. Hungary won, totally expected win, dropping points would have been a nice bonus. Poland win and qualify Austria win (key result) and have a 5 point lead over North Macedonia and Slovenia and are now 99% sure of qualifying. Croatia draw is okay. This sets up some massive games next month Croatia vs. Slovakia, Azerbaijan vs Wales, Wales vs. Hungary and Slovakia vs. Azerbaijan.
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    State of play after Gameday 7. Group A - We need England and the Czech Republic to top the group, England should win it despite their blip the other night. Key game is Matchday 9 - Czech Republic vs. Kosovo. My prediction - England and Czech Republic will go through. Group B - We need Portugal and Ukraine to top the group. Ukraine are virtually through. Portugal have some work to do. Key game is Matchday 8 - Ukraine vs. Portugal. My prediction - Portugal and Ukraine will go through. Group C - Germany and the Netherlands are going through. (sorry). Group D - We need two of Denmark, Switzerland or ROI to top the group. Two of three are going to do that. My prediction - Denmark and Switzerland will go through. Group E - We need two of Croatia, Slovakia or Wales to top the group. Croatia should be fine, Hungary the team that could break into that top 2. Key games are Matchday 8 - Wales vs. Croatia, Matchday 9 - Croatia vs. Slovakia, Matchday 10 - Wales vs. Hungary My prediction - Croatia and Wales will go through. Group F - We need Spain and Sweden to top the group. Spain should be fine, Romania and Norway pose a real threat to Sweden. Key games are Matchday 8 - Sweden vs. Spain & Romania vs. Norway, Matchday 9 - Romania vs. Sweden, Matchday 10 - Spain vs. Romania My prediction - Spain and Sweden will go through. Group G - We need Poland and Austria to top the group. Poland should be okay, North Macedonia and Slovenia pose a real threat to Austria. Key games are Matchday 8 - Slovenia vs. Austria & Poland vs. North Macedonia, Matchday 9 - Austria vs. North Macedonia, Matchday 10 - Poland vs. Slovenia My prediction - Poland and Austria will go through. Group H - We need two of France, Turkey or Iceland to top the group. Turkey and France should both qualify. My prediction - France and Turkey will go through. Group I - We need Italy and Bosnia to top the group. Italy are virtually through. Bosnia are in big trouble with both Finland and Armenia ahead of them. Key games are Matchday 8 - Finland vs. Armenia & Greece vs. Bosnia, Matchday 9 - Bosnia vs. Italy, Matchday 10 - Italy vs. Armenia & Greece vs. Finland. My prediction - Italy and Finland will go through. My predictions would mean 19 of the 20 places going to teams above us in the play-offs rankings which comfortably puts us in the playoffs, we can afford the tighter Groups E, F & G to all go against us and we still make the play-offs.
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    Sunday Games Russia to win (not essential as they have 99% qualified), Hungary to drop points at home to Azerbaijan, Poland to win, Austria to win against Slovenia (key game, an Austria win would virtually knock Slovenia out of contention), Croatia to win against Wales (ideally you want Croatia to automatically qualify and probably Wales with them, leaving Slovakia in the play-offs). Monday Games Iceland to drop points would be a bonus but highly unlikely against Andorra. Kosovo to drop points at home to Montenegro. Serbia to drop points against Lithuania (unlikely). Portugal to win away against Ukraine (not essential but would confirm both as having virtually qualified). Tuesday Games Armenia to win against Finland (key game in this group, Finland need to drop points). Bosnia win against Greece (essential if they are to automatically qualify ahead of Finland). Israel to drop points at home to Latvia would be a bonus (unlikely). Romania vs. Norway - ideally a draw, if not the next best result would be a Norway win. Sweden to win against Spain or even a draw, anything to keep them ahead of Romania and Norway. Switzerland vs. ROI - again depends on who you would potentially like in play-offs, i would prefer a Swiss win.
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    The next game is key for Finland, home to an Armenian team that has been playing some decent footbal recently, if they were to lose that game and Bosnia win against Greece that would put Bosnia and Armenia ahead of them, you just don't know how they would cope with that pressure, the huge problem Bosnia have is still having to play Italy. I personally don't see Bosnia making it out of the group.
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    It still very early but it could cost them automatic qualification and increases the chances of meeting them in the play-offs, whether thats a good or bad thing, everyone will have their own opinion on that.
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    Perfect night. Czech Republic - win Portugal - win Ukraine - win Turkey - win France - win
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    Starting line up v Holland

    Game of opinions, the Flanagan sub for me was correct as they were two occasions in the few minutes before he came on that they were outnumbered us 3 to 2 in the penalty box and were putting crosses into the box. The lack of squad depth hurt us last night, imagine having an experienced player like Norwood being able to come on rather than Thompson.
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    In terms of purely making the play-offs:- Czech Republic, Portugal, Ukraine and Turkey In terms of having "weaker" teams in the play-offs:- A France win over Iceland. As for Saturdays games:- Bosnia (essential they win the game against Finland, if they don't that is likely one of the teams ranked below us automatically qualifying, that leaves us breathing space of 3 more lower ranked teams), Italy, Sweden, Spain. The Faroes taking anything of Romania would be helpful, likewise Liechtenstein taking something off Armenia. As for Group D we need two of Denmark, Switzerland or the ROI to automatically qualify, its down to everyones personal preference whether they would like the ROI to automatically qualify or not and then end up possibly playing them in a play-off.
  13. RaveDave

    Starting line up v Holland

    We need to beat both of them, a win and a draw will not do and we need to have a better head to head record against one of them as well, its over. The play-offs are our only chance.
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    Tonights results were nearly perfect for us, before tonight we wanted Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Poland and Russia all to win and Slovenia to drop points, all of those things happened, if you were being really picky the only result that could have went better was the Slovakia v Wales game, for one of them to gain 3 points would have put more daylight between one of them and Hungary. Its also a case of who you might prefer in a playoff, if you would rather avoid Wales, a Welsh win would have been better than a Slovakia win.
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    Starting line up v Holland

    I think Matty Kennedy's transfer has now been confirmed and he will be in the squad tomorrow.
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