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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverFeltBetter View Post
    Well, we're bound to get a result off the Danes eventually. Swiss didn't look spectacular at the World Cup. Couldn't have gotten much better I suppose.
    the swiss very impressive in the nations lge. particularly against belgium a couple weeks ago when they won 5 - 2

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    2-0 down at one stage too I think

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    Tough but doable group. Definitely could have been a lot worse. Best of luck Northern Ireland and Scotland
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    Switzerland are a very good team as are denmark. Georgia are always a potential banana skin but not a greece or romania and gibraltar is the best of pot 5 by far.

    Without getting ahead of myself, that should be a playoff with a bit to spare. On paper, a well managed Ireland can give the swiss and the danes a proper game.

    It will be great having the two extra dates for friendlies as well.

    The wc 2022 draw is in july. If we took a major scalp like switzerland that could be massive for us going forward for that draw.

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    If our group goes to form and and the other groups go the way I think they will this is what the play off looks like.

    the rest.


    1 Iceland
    2 Slovakia
    3 Ireland
    4 Northern Ireland
    5 Bulgaria
    6 Israel
    7 Hungary
    8 Romania



    Play Off assured
    Ukraine
    Scotland
    Norway
    Finland
    Georgia
    Macedonia
    Kosovo
    Belarus
    Last edited by Cathalsmart; 02/12/2018 at 12:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Fixtures out later today apparently.

    Two games in March, September, October and November. Nothing in June

    Edit - Darragh Moloney now saying our free days won't necessarily be June

    Yep, Switzerland have to have the June dates off with the Nations League finals... so they have to play in March. Which means one of the other four teams have to have one if not two of the March dates off.

    Give us Gibralter and a free weekend in March to get some points and a friendly.. if John Delaney has any pull in UEFA at this point, he'll be absolutely working his hole off for the next few hours while they are putting the fixtures together

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    A hopeful draw.
    Switzerland are now a top team, they had two brilliant games for the neutral to watch against Belgium in the UNL, their one poor game in years was the WC last 16 defeat to Sweden. I know we were crap v Denmark but I really didn't like the mouthy Danish players saying we were crap, so i'm happy enough with them as 2nd seeds.
    We could have gotten a lot stronger teams than Georgia and Gibraltar. But you'd want a tricky 4th seed to take points of your opponents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bungle View Post
    Switzerland are a very good team as are denmark. Georgia are always a potential banana skin but not a greece or romania and gibraltar is the best of pot 5 by far.

    Without getting ahead of myself, that should be a playoff with a bit to spare. On paper, a well managed Ireland can give the swiss and the danes a proper game.

    It will be great having the two extra dates for friendlies as well.

    The wc 2022 draw is in july. If we took a major scalp like switzerland that could be massive for us going forward for that draw.
    The playoff has nothing to do with this group as in we could finish bottom of this and still be in the playoffs. That I think will force us to push for a win over in Georgia where if the third place went to playoff we would be happy maybe with a draw. 4 draws with the top two and 4 wins against the bottom two might do it.

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    Georgia could take points of all the top 3 teams in our game if they are not on their game.

    Hopefully shaqiri is missing when we play the swiss. He seems to make them tick.

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    Basically we're missing a fourth seed, which is nice. Georgia are a decent fifth seed, and Gibraltar are clearly a sixth seed. Georgia in particular could take points, but I think qualification is two teams from three. We're probably third favourites, but I think our chances are decent.

    Georgia are also in the Nations League play-offs, having won League D. They're probably favourites to win too (they're in with Kosovo, Belarus and Macedonia). Probably won't impact things too much though; yes, they'll have one eye on March 2020, but they'll probably also be trying to push themselves as much as possible in qualifying.

    Positive hat says that Martin got three draws in four meetings with Denmark in the past year. Surely Mick has to be an improvement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Basically we're missing a fourth seed, which is nice. Georgia are a decent fifth seed, and Gibraltar are clearly a sixth seed. Georgia in particular could take points, but I think qualification is two teams from three. We're probably third favourites, but I think our chances are decent.

    Georgia are also in the Nations League play-offs, having won League D. They're probably favourites to win too (they're in with Kosovo, Belarus and Macedonia). Probably won't impact things too much though; yes, they'll have one eye on March 2020, but they'll probably also be trying to push themselves as much as possible in qualifying.

    Positive hat says that Martin got three draws in four meetings with Denmark in the past year. Surely Mick has to be an improvement?
    You could take the line also that Georgia probably see the play off route as their best way of qualifying, so they can really have a go at the group games as they have that safety net. They aren't a bad side at all from what I seen of them last few qualifying tournaments.

    Switzerland are.. effective. Very effective. But if you'd been asked would you have preferred them or Holland.. you'd have picked them.

    Getting the free day in March I think is the key to this group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bungle View Post
    Switzerland are a very good team as are denmark. Georgia are always a potential banana skin but not a greece or romania and gibraltar is the best of pot 5 by far.

    Without getting ahead of myself, that should be a playoff with a bit to spare. On paper, a well managed Ireland can give the swiss and the danes a proper game.

    It will be great having the two extra dates for friendlies as well.

    The wc 2022 draw is in july. If we took a major scalp like switzerland that could be massive for us going forward for that draw.
    Not sure if you understand the changes that the Nations League have brought bungle.. but the play offs have nothing to do with finishing positions in these groups. In fact, the play off places are already decided, with teams giving the opportunity to play themselves out of them by qualifying directly, rather than playing themselves into them.

    I think we'll end up in a play off with Iceland, Northern Ireland and AN Other to be honest.

    And as for the draw for the World Cup in 2022.. that will also be decided by Nations League placings. The next Nations League will be played out in the Autumn of 2020, and Ireland will be in Group C.. so no matter how they do in this competition.. they could go all the way and win it.. and still only be a third, or possibly fourth seed in the 2022 World Cup draw.. depending on how we do in the 2020 Nations League.

    The world of seeding has changed kiddo.. changed forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insidetherock View Post
    You could take the line also that Georgia probably see the play off route as their best way of qualifying, so they can really have a go at the group games as they have that safety net. They aren't a bad side at all from what I seen of them last few qualifying tournaments.
    They've played nice stuff against us recently, but they're ineffective for all that. It's the third time in a row we've drawn them; they didn't get a single win in 2018 qualifying (five draws, including one against us), and Gibraltar aside, they won just one game in 2016 (at home v Scotland; a vital win for us, but they lost every other game). I think it'd be great to see them at the Euros, but I don't think they'll be as much of a threat as, say, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia or Albania, who have all qualified in recent years and who are all fourth seeds as well.

    Part of me wonders if Switzerland/Denmark away as our sole game in March mightn't be a bad idea. Worked a treat in 2002 qualifying. Would give us a chance of catching a top seed on the hop as their chances of prep would be severely limited by the new manager coming in for a first game.

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    I think people are underestimating Georgia. They've been improving year on year. I can see them taking points off all the teams in the group.

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    Essentially we are assured of a play off unless some freakish results happen. This is a **** group for travel and ill only be happy with it if we come 2nd, it feels we are due revenge again Denmark and even Switzerland for Mick. If we can hit the ground running we have got a good shot here. Overall while transition happens I do feel we could be up and down at the start and because of that I think Switzerland & Denmark will edge the group because of that unless lets say we get Gibraltar first up then beat Denmark at home then we can get momentum but other than that I do expect 3rd place but we have a fighting chance here. Either way we should be humming along nicely going into the play off should we get there or need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsMiseSean View Post
    I think people are underestimating Georgia. They've been improving year on year.
    I'm not sure their qualifying results really back that up?

    Their best campaigns were 1996/1998/2002 for example.

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    Georigia played well against us under Trap and MonRo.. because we let them. We scored and then dropped off giving them the ball and letting them play away whatever way they wanted. And we made them look good.

    But then again, we did the same against Moldova in Dublin. And Northern Ireland. And a host of other teams.. because we had managers who seemed to think we'd be better off playing without the ball than with it.

    Now I haven't seen a lot of Mick at Ipswich, but what I have tells me, he actually likes his teams to have the ball and want to play. Which makes be feel a lot more comfortable about playing the likes of Georgia and Gibraltar. We should be getting 12 points there, and not worrying about them.

    Meaning that the games v Switzerland and Denmark, become like a Nations League mini league, with the top two going through.

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    Yeah, that's how I see it as well.

    Wouldn't have had that view if O'Neill was still in charge of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    I'm not sure their qualifying results really back that up?

    Their best campaigns were 1996/1998/2002 for example.
    We've always struggled against them, home & away (closer each day).
    They're a far better team now than the one we faced in the 2010 campaign.

    I just had a look at their campaigns we didn't meet them. In 2014 campaign - they held France, Spain only beat them by a late goal - both in Tbilisi. They also beat Croatia in the 2012 campaign.

    I'd be surprised if they don't beat at least one of Denmark, Switzerland or us. I think they'll be right in the mix but will probably fall short in the last few games.

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    I think they're still due a result against us purely on the law of averages; that's even after getting a long-overdue draw against us in Tbilisi last year.

    But I think if you're going back to the 2012/14 campaigns to find good results, that doesn't hold with the idea that they're improving year-on-year. Three points from eight games once the bottom seeds are discounted (which is what they got in 2016 and 2018) is not a return that'll have them in the mix.

    We absolutely need to be careful of them, but as fourth seeds, I'm much happier to have them than a country that's qualified for something recently, which was about half the options available.

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