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post Dec 2 2018, 12:11 PM
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Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo
Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus
Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar
Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan
Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta
Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia
Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra
Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino
Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein

Schedule:
Matchday 1 2123 March 2019
Matchday 2 2426 March 2019
Matchday 3 78 June 2019
Matchday 4 1011 June 2019
Matchday 5 57 September 2019
Matchday 6 810 September 2019
Matchday 7 1012 October 2019
Matchday 8 1315 October 2019
Matchday 9 1416 November 2019
Matchday 10 1719 November 2019


What do you make of the groups?
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post Dec 2 2018, 12:49 PM
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Considering we have Czech Republic that's not too bad, we should easily go through that group, unless we cock it up, the other countries are pretty much minnows.

Scotland could struggle, or might just scrape through, depends if Russia are having a bad day,
I can see Italy going through quite easily, that looks like the weakest group.
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post Dec 2 2018, 01:02 PM
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England and Scotland will both be in play-offs if they fail to get through the group as they won their Nations League groups.

Does anyone know what happens in the play-offs if all the teams from a Nations League group have already qualified? For example, there has to be a good chance that England, Spain and Croatia will all qualify automatically.
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post Dec 2 2018, 01:10 PM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Dec 2 2018, 01:02 PM) *
England and Scotland will both be in play-offs if they fail to get through the group as they won their Nations League groups.

Does anyone know what happens in the play-offs if all the teams from a Nations League group have already qualified? For example, there has to be a good chance that England, Spain and Croatia will all qualify automatically.


I think that, from how I'm understanding it, if the League A play-off tournament doesn't have enough, the next-best team from the league below gets moved up (although it can't be a group winner), so there will be at least 16 teams in the playoffs essentially just being the 16 best non-qualifiers (albeit with a guaranteed League D team to slip in as a wildcard) no matter what, its a bit of an unintuitive process but that seems sensible.
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So say Iceland and Poland are the only League A teams to miss out on qualifying, which is a perhaps unlikely but plausible outcome. Those 2 League A playoff spots have been filled but the other two groups need a replacement from below as all three of those teams qualified directly. From League B, Slovakia, Russia, Bosnia, Denmark and Northern Ireland haven't made it. Bosnia and Denmark were group winners so they can't be advanced to the Group A playoffs. Therefore, Russia and Slovakia get advanced to the League A playoff with Iceland and Poland, from which only one will qualify, and Northern Ireland get to stay with the more reasonable competition of Bosnia and Denmark, so they might be thankful at doing so badly, which is a bit weird but okay. Finally, the final League B spot is filled by a League C team that didn't qualify but also didn't win their Nations League group. Then League C provides a qualifier and League D provides a qualifier, and it's unlikely that they won't have enough teams for filling up their playoffs.

someone please correct me if that's wrong, it was 10 minutes of looking at the Wikipedia pages was all.
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post Dec 2 2018, 01:29 PM
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That seems fairly logical, although there is a definite touch of "making up the numbers" when League B runners-up (or even third placed teams) have to compete with League A teams.
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post Dec 2 2018, 07:46 PM
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Denmark AGAIN
Georgia AGAIN
Gibraltar AGAIN!!
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post Jan 14 2019, 07:57 PM
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Fantastic to think we'll probably be taking Hudson-Odoi, Kane, Rashford, Solanke, Foden, Sancho and Sterling to Euro 2020 - surely one of the best attacks in the tournament?

EDIT - and Reiss Nelson?


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post Jan 14 2019, 08:06 PM
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QUOTE(mdh @ Jan 14 2019, 07:57 PM) *
Fantastic to think we'll probably be taking Hudson-Odoi, Kane, Rashford, Solanke, Foden, Sancho and Sterling to Euro 2020 - surely one of the best attacks in the tournament?

EDIT - and Reiss Nelson?


We need to qualify first!

Anyway, can't see all of those going, it's way too inexperienced and 3 of them don't even start regularly for their clubs. Of course a long way to go, but can't see them all going. What is good is we finally have good options when you think the likes of Lingard, Lallana (OK maybe at a stretch) and Oxlade-Chamberlain are all in and around too.
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post Jan 14 2019, 09:33 PM
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Lallana will be 32 by then will he not?
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jan 14 2019, 09:33 PM) *
Lallana will be 32 by then will he not?


Hardly old, but he does barely play anymore. I expect he will move on in the summer as he will want a crack at being in the squad. I just can't see Southgate taking all of the youngsters, I mean Foden doesn't even get a look in at City unless they're winning 3-0 or it's a dead rubber match.
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Group A: (7) England, (42) Czech Republic, (61) Bulgaria, (76) Montenegro, (55) Kosovo
Group B: (6) Portugal, (29) Ukraine, (24) Serbia, (149) Lithuania, (112) Luxembourg
Group C: (15) Netherlands, (9) Germany, (44) Northern Ireland, (109) Estonia, (96) Belarus
Group D: (13) Switzerland, (10) Denmark, (48) Republic of Ireland, (65) Georgia, (153) Gibraltar
Group E: (14) Croatia, (37) Wales, (34) Slovakia, (85) Hungary, (124) Azerbaijan
Group F: (3) Spain, (16) Sweden, (41) Norway, (33) Romania, (134) Faroe Islands, (162) Malta
Group G: (26) Poland, (32) Austria, (89) Israel, (92) Slovenia, (57) Macedonia, (148) Latvia
Group H: (4) France, (53) Iceland, (43) Turkey, (97) Albania, (143) Moldova, (152) Andorra
Group I: (2) Belgium, (36) Russia, (56) Scotland, (122) Cyprus, (127) Kazakhstan, (182) San Marino
Group J: (22) Italy, (20) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (73) Finland, (54) Greece, (100) Armenia, (161) Liechtenstein

Those are my world rankings above. Based on that I'd say England has one of the tougher groups based solely on the fact that no team is a cakewalk, especially on the road. They only need to place top 2 though, so I don't see an issue.
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post Feb 27 2019, 09:17 PM
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Should be no issues with qualifying for England.
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post Feb 27 2019, 11:56 PM
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Looking forward to the qualifiers in a few weeks! Heading to Dublin for the Georgia game!
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post Feb 28 2019, 12:02 AM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Feb 28 2019, 12:56 AM) *
Looking forward to the qualifiers in a few weeks! Heading to Dublin for the Georgia game!

Cool, how do you see Ireland doing in the qualifiers?I
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post Feb 28 2019, 12:30 AM
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I really have absolutely no idea, be interesting to see what English players actually are recruited for us now Rice has said he's English all of a sudden. Bamford could be a good call. Hope Uncle Mick manages to stabilise things at least and bring in younger talent.

Hope we make it as I plan to use the fact I purchase a season ticket to get tickets for the actual euro games in Dublin which would be good!
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post Feb 28 2019, 04:34 PM
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Of all the groups, I would say a top-two of Switzerland and Denmark have the best chance to slip up over any other group, so at least Ireland has that going for it.
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Hopefully!
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post Feb 28 2019, 11:12 PM
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How are Hungary 85th? They were only in the last Euros three years ago.
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Feb 28 2019, 06:12 PM) *
How are Hungary 85th? They were only in the last Euros three years ago.


Oh they've been terrible in recent years, trust me. In 2016, during the EURO finals, I had them ranked somewhere in the 40s/50s for sure but consider what they've done since:

2016

vs. Faroe Islands - WC Qualifier - 0:0
vs. Switzerland - WC Qualifier - 2:3
vs. Latvia - WC Qualifier - 2:0
vs. Andorra - WC Qualifier - 4:0
vs. Sweden - Friendly - 0:2

2017

vs. Portugal - WC Qualifier - 0:3
vs. Russia - Friendly - 0:3
vs. Andorra - WC Qualifier - 0:1
vs. Latvia - WC Qualifier - 3:1
vs. Portugal - WC Qualifier - 0:1
vs. Switzerland - WC Qualifier - 2:5
vs. Faroe Islands - WC Qualifier - 1:0
vs. Luxembourg - Friendly - 1:2
vs. Costa Rica - Friendly - 1:0

2018

vs. Kazakhstan - Friendly - 2:3
vs. Scotland - Friendly - 0:1
vs. Belarus - Friendly - 1:1
vs. Australia - Friendly - 1:2
vs. Finland - UEFA Nations League - 0:1
vs. Greece - UEFA Nations League - 2:1
vs. Greece - UEFA Nations League - 0:1
vs. Estonia - UEFA nations League - 3:3
vs. Estonia - UEFA Nations League - 2:0
vs. Finland - UEFA Nations League - 2:0


This kind of resume is going to tank any team. They had a bit of a mini 'golden age' back in 2015-16, but went through a lot of changes since. I think they're last two Nations League results are showing they might have something in this EURO campaign but we'll see. I always root for them, Iceland, and Albania more than any other European nations teebs.
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