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  1. the_hawk

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    In footballing terms we have absolutely NOTHING to fear from those yo-yos. In terms of all the crap that goes with it, it would be insufferable.
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    Germany v Northern Ireland score prediction

    I'd be happy with a decent performance and a goal. Anything else is a bonus.
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    I would happily take any scenario that ends up with us at Euro 2020.
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    Thanks Laird, that's the clearest explanation I've read yet. I guess best case scenario is Hungary qualify, we get drawn in group A, win our games & play in Amsterdam/Bucharest getting a home game in the playoffs & avoiding any ROI shenanigans.
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    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    Ha! Fair enough I'd just never noticed it before.
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    Ronald Koeman - Spud-faced git.

    When did he become such an insufferable prick?
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    Annoying that Switzerland scoring that jammy goal has given ROI a bit if a lifeline, that's my 2nd least favourite Swiss goal in recent years. I think the only way we can get a home draw is if Hungary qualify ahead of Wales & Slovakia and we get lucky in the draw. Getting very interesting now!
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    Score Prediction - N. Ireland v Holland

    Loving the positivity in this thread! Personally I think they'll play more like they did in the last 10 minutes against us than the first 80. 3-0 to the Dutch. Great to see all the permutations being worked out, but any faint hope we had of qualifying from this group has been scuppered by those 3 injury time goals we conceded against the pair of them. Still, I'd settle for 2 good performances & a respectable result or two to give us a bit of momentum for the play offs.
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    I daresay we'd have made a much better fist of it. The 2nd seeds in our group are better than the top seeds in theirs FFS. We'd certainly have been a damn sight more entertaining, they are so hard to watch I almost feel sorry for them...well some of them any way.
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    Starting line up v Holland

    Yeah, I meant the head to head goal difference. The injury time goals in both games have put paid to any notions of squeaking in that way. Hopefully the players can take some heart from all the positives of this campaign & build momentum for the play offs. It'll take me a long time to get over that one. I'm still not over Switzerland FFS. I just hop the better at picking themselves up than I am!
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    Starting line up v Holland

    Had some heartbreaking moments watching Northern Ireland over the years. But that last 10 minutes I feel like I've had the heart ripped clean out of me. The most ridiculous thing is, that even if we beat the Netherlands & Germany away in our last 2 games (and I wouldn't put it past us), we still probably wouldn't qualify because of goal difference. That was such a gut punch.
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    28 teams in total back then...could do away with qualifiers completely!
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    The more complicated a qualification procedure, the greater likelihood of anomalies like the above happening. Basically there are 55 teams in UEFA, just have a straight 6 round knock out tournament every other summer (9 teams get a bye in the 1st round) problem solved. Imagine the stickerbooks for that!
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    It'd probably be "they didn't win the games that matter" 😉 Seriously though, if I'm right in my thinking...it's possible for a team to be holders of the trophy, win all 4 Nations League games, win the Nations league semi & final, win 8 out of 10 of their qualifiers but finish 3rd, win both their play off semis, then draw the play off final & lose on penalties and therefore not qualify after a record of Played 19, Won 16, Drew 1, Lost 2. Meanwhile it's possible for the team that beat them to have lost all four Nations league games, Lost all 10 qualifiers, Won only one of their play off semis...Qualifying with a record of Played 17, Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 15!!
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    This site... http://www.football-rankings.info/2019/09/2020-uefa-euro-qualification-10000.html?m=1 After running 10,000 simulations is predicting a play off line up of Us v Bosnia-hertz & ROI v Wales. A play off final between us & ROI for the Euros would be unbearable!
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