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    Pretty much as good as could have been hoped for, depending on what Wales team turns up I guess

    Granted the other 3 will all be thinking the same thing

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    We don't have a bad record against those teams (numbers in brackets refer to current FIFA ranking)

    record vs Wales(23): played: 17, wins: 6, draws: 4, losses: 7, last win on Monday, 9 October 2017
    record vs Finland(58): played: 5, wins: 3, draws: 2, losses: 0, last win on Wednesday, 21 August 2002
    record vs Bulgaria(59): played: 10, wins: 3, draws: 4, losses: 3, last win on Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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    It's a reasonable draw and a great opportunity for the new manager to prepare his team for the Qatar WC qualifiers, in 6 competitive games without the pressure of direct qualification.
    Just don't get relegated though.

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    Perfect start for Kenny, competitive games that if we play well we should win.

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    Anyone have any idea when the fixtures dates are going to be confirmed?

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    Should be later tonight or tomorrow

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    https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleag...ations-league/

    So it's more or less a stand alone tournament /league this time with the best two winners of whatever league (A, B, C, D) not already qualified for WC 2022 getting a place in a difficult 2 stage play off phase where only 3 qualify? So basically it's a bit of a lifeline to qualify for WC if you win your group but not really a great route at all.

    Seems fair enough.
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    From a footballing perspective it's a good draw. I'd have preferred anyone except Russia and Wales, but Wales is the better of those two.
    Glad we got Finland, really glad actually, and Bulgaria are on such a downward spiral, going there first game should be a great opportunity for Stephen to put his stamp on the team.
    Think the fixtures have worked out really well too.
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    Thursday, 3rd September
    19:45 Bulgaria v Rep of Ireland

    Sunday, 6th September
    17:00 Rep of Ireland v Finland

    Saturday, 10th October
    14:00 Rep of Ireland v Wales

    Tuesday, 13th October
    19:45 Finland v Rep of Ireland

    Friday, 13th November
    19:45 Wales v Rep of Ireland

    Monday, 16th November
    19:45 Rep of Ireland v Bulgaria


    Times (GMT)

    Full fixtures - https://editorial.uefa.com/resources..._league.pdf%20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle of Tonic View Post
    https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleag...ations-league/

    So it's more or less a stand alone tournament /league this time with the best two winners of whatever league (A, B, C, D) not already qualified for WC 2022 getting a place in a difficult 2 stage play off phase where only 3 qualify? So basically it's a bit of a lifeline to qualify for WC if you win your group but not really a great route at all.

    Seems fair enough.
    If all Nations League A group winners qualify directly for the 2022 WC, there would be an opening for two (unqualified) League B group winners to get into the WC qual play offs. But that route in comparison would make these Euro 2020 play offs look like a garden stroll.
    There are only 13 places for UEFA nations at WC 2022, 10 qual group winners, plus a meagre 3 from 12 teams in the playoffs.

    Considering the home venue and group opponents that Ireland would have at Euro 2020, it's a tragedy in the making that the team might not be good enough to take their place.
    Should Iceland qualify for Euro 2020, they would be in a group with France, Germany and Portugal, a bit like Muggsy Bogues in the NBA.

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    Fixtures confirmed: https://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/uefa...e-fixture-list

    Thursday, September 3rd
    Bulgaria vs Republic of Ireland (7:45pm)


    Sunday, September 6th
    Republic of Ireland vs Finland (5pm)


    Sunday, October 11th
    Republic of Ireland vs Wales (2pm)


    Wednesday, October 14th
    Finland vs Republic of Ireland (5pm)


    Sunday, November 15th
    Wales v Republic of Ireland (5pm)


    Wednesday, November 18th
    Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria (7:45pm)
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    It's more complicated with the play offs inserted and it will probably relegate the subsequent Nations League game in importance - to a hangover game.


    Thursday October 8. Euro 2020 semi final
    Slovakia V Ireland


    Sunday, October 11th
    Republic of Ireland vs Wales (2pm)


    Wednesday, October 14th
    Finland vs Republic of Ireland (5pm)


    and if still alive, it could be a revival of A Night in November.

    Thursday November 12 Euro play off final.
    NI/Bosnia v Ireland

    Sunday, November 15th
    Wales v Republic of Ireland (5pm)


    Wednesday, November 18th
    Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria (7:45pm)

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