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Thread: Republic of Ireland V Bulgaria - Wednesday, 18th November 2020 - Nations League

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    Pointless even discussing a team at this stage. God knows who will be next to go down.

    The good news is that a quick check on Wikipedia suggests it's causing just as much disruption to Bulgaria squad as ours. We at least have the advantage of being able to draft players in from relatively nearby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bielsa´s irish View Post
    Randolph
    oshea
    duffy
    long
    manning
    hourihane
    cullen
    brady
    horgan
    collins
    odowda
    I dont see horgan or Collins been our future, why not give idah another game and let Byrne play see if he can unlock a packed defence

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    Quote Originally Posted by backstothewall View Post
    If we have any more cases of covid we could have a few more LOI players getting caps this week.
    Four players called up.

    ▪️ Aaron McEneff | Shamrock Rovers F.C.
    ▪️ Graham Burke | Shamrock Rovers F.C.
    ▪️ Jack Taylor | Peterborough United
    ▪️ Troy Parrott | Millwall Football Club

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    Quote Originally Posted by liamoo11 View Post
    I dont see horgan or Collins been our future, why not give idah another game and let Byrne play see if he can unlock a packed defence
    Done alright the last time we played Bulgaria. I see no reason not to play him this time.

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    Idah out due to injury
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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Four players called up.

    ▪️ Aaron McEneff | Shamrock Rovers F.C.
    ▪️ Graham Burke | Shamrock Rovers F.C.
    ▪️ Jack Taylor | Peterborough United
    ▪️ Troy Parrott | Millwall Football Club
    Idah returned to Norwich with an injury too.

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    Has there ever been an injury crisis like this?

    Struggling to remember as many injuries even ahead of those pointless US tours

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    Joe Lapira getting his passport and boots ready as we speak.

    It's mental at the moment. I really hope this whole thing is more stable before the World Cup qualifiers kick off.
    Last edited by ColourfulPeanut; 16/11/2020 at 3:46 PM.

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    This is essentially a scratch team at this stage. There's not going to be time for any real preparation beyond a basic strategy. Anything Kenny tried today will be null and void by Wednesday depending on who tests positive next.

    I think it needs to be a case of throwing together a 4-4-2 on the day and hoping for the best. Set pieces could be vital so Hourihane or Brady should be on the field at all times if one of them ends up being available.
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    Don't joke Peanut!!

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    Time for the Great Reset ! ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Idah returned to Norwich with an injury too.
    I like mceneff. I thought there was a story saying he was sticking with the north whennhiscyounger brother at arsenal switched to us? Crawford was saying partott couldn't play 90 minutes so I assume that means Collins starting.

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    Out of curiosity, I've had a look at some of the stats from this nations league versus the previous one. It could well be argued that there was no Bulgaria in the previous group so it skews the stats a little, but it's not a massive difference and we've only played them once so far. I was curious to see if there's anything in the stats to suggest progress is being made and goals might be more likely to come. From the look of things there are definitely some significant changes.

    Goals: 0.25 per game (1) in 2019, 0.2 per game (1) in 2020
    Attempts: 5.25 per game versus 12.2 per game - significant increase
    On Target: 2 v 3.4 per game, not insignificant increase
    Off Target: 1.75 v 7, huge increase, obviously an issue with finishing but at least having shots
    Blocked: 1.5 v 1.8, pretty similar
    Corners: 3.25 v 4.2 not a major increase but still the best part of 1 a game which represents a chance of sorts
    Possession: 38% v 52%
    Pass Accuracy: 75% v 86% - both passing stats are a huge increase (accuracy was only 80% I think against Wales so dropped a bit but maybe a sign of trying more forward passes and going direct a little more)
    Saves: 3.25 v 3 - so keeper a little less busy (not 100% on this stat because the old stats only had shots on target rather than saves so that's what I've used to compare)
    Tackles: 2.75 v 3.8 - surprised by this but it appears we're making more tackles under Kenny
    Conceded: 1.25 v 0.8 - Conceding less (we did concede 4 in one game the last time)

    The fact we're having a lot more attempts at one end and our keeper is having to make less saves at the other, would suggest there has been progress and that if we can manage a goal off an arse or an elbow, more might be due.

    Stats for this league here: https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleag...nd/statistics/
    For previous, went into the individual games here: https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleag...eague-results/
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    That's quite interesting, and the attempts in particular is one I wouldn't have thought was the case from watching the games.

    It does flag again though that we need a forward...

    Is there anywhere that shows expected goals? It's a fairly major stat in analysis I think, but I don't know if the likes of Opta ever tweet it in general?

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    Infogol usually has xG, but the site is blocked in my office
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    Has Jonny Hayes retired from internationals, or is this a case of Kenny not being fussed on him?

    And is the paperwork for Mark Sykes still outstanding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Infogol usually has xG, but the site is blocked in my office
    Cheers - looks like it doesn't do Nations League though.

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    Interesting stats above but let's not overlook we were dreadful in the last nations league campaign to the point it led to o'neill and keane's removal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Four players called up.

    ▪️ Aaron McEneff | Shamrock Rovers F.C.
    ▪️ Graham Burke | Shamrock Rovers F.C.
    ▪️ Jack Taylor | Peterborough United
    ▪️ Troy Parrott | Millwall Football Club
    Jeez, if McEneff scores the winner after Jack Byrne has a nightmare @Lilywhite will be unbearable

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    Im sure its just coincidence but Browne and McClean both received Man of Match awards and then tested positive afterwards. Who is handling these awards, are they being tested, are they quarantining, who is doing the interviews? Its a joke of a COVID bubble

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