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I noticed their 23 goals in qualifications were scored by 14 different players...

Is that a good thing in that they don't have a Lewandowski or a Kane to worry us, or a bad thing in that they've goals all around the team?

 

From looking at their Group, they're a bit more prolific than us (23 vs 17), but also let in more than us (7 vs 6):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_%E2%80%93_UEFA_Group_B

 

The former is impressive in that they "only" scored 5 vs Andorra towards their 23, whereas we needed 7 vs San Mar to reach 17.

 

As against that, their defence didn't have a Germany to put 5 past them and their top seeds Portugal were much less dangerous for missing Ronaldo in the game in Basel.

 

If the basic stats are anything to go by, they look to be a similar type of team to us, without being that much superior.

 

It's gonna be tight!

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I noticed their 23 goals in qualifications were scored by 14 different players...

 

10 different players in our case. We also had assists from 11 players.

 

Eight of our 17 goals were from set pieces (rather fewer than our sniffy critics in Wales and Scotland seem to think).Three corners, two free kicks, two penalties and a throw in.

 

There's a possible title for the campaign film...

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from Belfast Telegraph online published yesterday, 4th November

 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/key-men-missing-for-northern-ireland-and-switzerland-for-world-cup-clash-36288598.html

 

Switzerland squad: Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (FC Augsburg), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Manuel Akanji (Basel), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Leo Lacroix (Saint-Etienne), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephen Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Milan), Fabian Schar (Deportivo La Coruna), Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Montreal Impact), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Mario Gavranovic Rijeka), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Benfica), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach), Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim).

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Not many Milwalls and Burton Albions in there. Shows that weve a tough tie ahead of us. But we shouldnt fear them, pressures all on them.

 

Bring it on.

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We'll do them. We thought Arn Hughes and Roy Carl were auld - look at this boy:

 

Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim).

 

1899? We've had two world wars since and a hat-trick of World Cups.

 

Oh they are doomed!!!

 

PS - and who cares if he was born in Hoffenheim or nat.

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