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Thread: Serbia V Republic of Ireland - Wednesday, 24th March 2021 - World Cup 2022 Qualifier

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    *I’m not particularly convinced that any other central midfielder is ready yet so between Taylor, McEneff, Ronan, Mandriou, Kelly, Sykes, McGrath, Kinsella, Coventry, Doyle-Hayes, Murray
    Taylor out for five to six weeks too I think.

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    I think I'd include Bazunu and Parrott in the squad. Bazunu isn't ready but we've slim pickings for goalkeeper and he's the one getting his game ... Not picking Parrott on merit, frankly he looked poor at Millwall, but he does have a knack of wiggling out of tight spaces and linking play with smart touches - what's needed when we get into the final third. Too many workhorses in the squad with little guile which Parrott can potentially give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifk101 View Post
    I think I'd include Bazunu and Parrott in the squad. Bazunu isn't ready but we've slim pickings for goalkeeper and he's the one getting his game ... Not picking Parrott on merit, frankly he looked poor at Millwall, but he does have a knack of wiggling out of tight spaces and linking play with smart touches - what's needed when we get into the final third. Too many workhorses in the squad with little guile which Parrott can potentially give.
    I agree with your analysis - but Parrott's smart touches have mostly been against L1 opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    Things have gone quiet on the McGoldrick return front. He scored last night in a 1-0 win for Sheff Utd.
    Nothing has changed. He'd go straight into the team, but there's no sign of it happening.
    Covid-negative, maybe; I haven't checked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John83 View Post
    Nothing has changed. He'd go straight into the team, but there's no sign of it happening.
    I'm referring to the very thin speculation on social media regarding changes in his profiles.

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    Apparently he made it clear he was calling it a day long before the conclusion of the last failed campaign. If Mick (now excelling at Championship level) had stayed on it would perhaps have turned out differently. Alas it did not, and given the ominous signs, rancour and succession of poor performances and results under Kenny (mitigating factors accepted) I find it unlikely he'd change his mind now.

    But we can only hope...

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    Does anyone think we can win the match? I ask because not one of my mate do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Does anyone think we can win the match? I ask because not one of my mate do
    Not a hope, better for the goal difference to forfet and take a 3-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Does anyone think we can win the match? I ask because not one of my mate do
    Meh. Stranger things have happened. Serbia aren’t France or Spain. I wouldn’t put any money on it but I’d see us being competitive
    Last edited by elatedscum; 05/03/2021 at 12:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Does anyone think we can win the match? I ask because not one of my mate do
    We can, we probably won't, I wouldn't touch in with a bet or anything but SK is due a break, he's had nothing go his way. We could also be out of the game 30 minutes in, which is more likely than a victory IMO, but eleven against eleven etc. You never know.

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    Stephen Kenny should ring Mick and do what he says. Hey presto, a 0-0 draw. Great result.

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    I think a draw is viable and as mentioned above Serbia are no world beaters. The benefit of having a few youngsters trying to make a name for themselves is that one of them is eventually going to have that breakthrough game at international level.

    We really haven’t seen a lot of Connolly yet but I think he can be a game changer at international level. Hope springs eternal!

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    Chances are we'll concede 0 or 1. Big question is can we score 1 or 2? There's plenty of evidence that we've created chances under Kenny and not taken them in his games to date, that hopefully has to change some time soon. The problem is, none of the strikers seem to be in great form and we're already running into injury issues again with some key players. A win is unlikely but not impossible, I think a draw is still quite likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by passinginterest View Post
    Chances are we'll concede 0 or 1.
    Not if all our keepers are injured!

    One positive of the last six months is that we've generally (England aside, and Serbia aren't England) kept things tight. But we could really do without a green keeper for these games. I think that's my biggest worry at the moment, even above that all our forwards are useless.

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    Serbia have announced the squad for their three games in March: https://fss.rs/selektor-dragan-stojk...-azerbejdzana/
    Fortunately, it's been added to their wikipedia page in English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia...#Current_squad
    Tadic(16) and Mitrovic(36) have the majority of their goals - nobody else has more than five
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Jovic has 5 in 11 games, and has 3 in 8 Bundesliga games since Jan.

    I'd say he's better than anything we have too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Jovic has 5 in 11 games, and has 3 in 8 Bundesliga games since Jan.

    I'd say he's better than anything we have too.
    Also three in his last three internationals - two against Russia, and the last minute equaliser against Scotland in the play off final
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time on twitter and facebook

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    Any issues with Travelling to Serbia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Jovic has 5 in 11 games, and has 3 in 8 Bundesliga games since Jan.

    I'd say he's better than anything we have too.
    You mean to say the €60mil Real Madrid signing is better than a washed-up Shane Long, a 30 year old Championship journeyman and 20 year old who has a handful of senior starts? Big call that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Real ale Madrid View Post
    Any issues with Travelling to Serbia?
    In general, don't. Talking to a Serbian I know who was over there recently and the general public aren't taking covid all that seriously.

    It's not on England's red list though, so clubs should be ok releasing their players for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ColourfulPeanut View Post
    You mean to say the €60mil Real Madrid signing is better than a washed-up Shane Long, a 30 year old Championship journeyman and 20 year old who has a handful of senior starts? Big call that!
    You wouldn't believe it from reading this forum at times, but yeah, I'm going to go out there and say it.

    The worst that happens is that Long proves me spectacularly wrong with a well-taken winner.

    But we are not favourites for this game.

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