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No matter who we end up facing in the playoff's, it's going to be a tough game. Croatia or Denmark would be my preference.
So is an all Ireland play off possible?

EDIT: Turns out it is. The teams are seeded from their fifa rankings into two pots, top four in one then the rest in the other. Assuming nothing changes between now and then this means the pots would look like this:

Switzerland 7th
Italy 17th
Croatia 18th
Northern Ireland 20th

Sweden 23rd
Denmark 26th
Republic of Ireland 34th
Greece 47th

Right?!


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surprised USA failed to qualifying!
So is an all Ireland play off possible?

EDIT: Turns out it is. The teams are seeded from their fifa rankings into two pots, top four in one then the rest in the other. Assuming nothing changes between now and then this means the pots would look like this:

Switzerland 7th
Italy 17th
Croatia 18th
Northern Ireland 20th

Sweden 23rd
Denmark 26th
Republic of Ireland 34th
Greece 47th

Right?!


I thought they were both unseeded? With Denmark seeded. Not sure how they split them all though.
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So is an all Ireland play off possible?

As far as I know, with both nations being unseeded it's not possible.

I thought they were both unseeded? With Denmark seeded. Not sure how they split them all though.

Points?


Dunno how I didn't think of that haha, yeah that's probably it!
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Based on this quote from BBC sport:

"The Republic will learn at next week's draw whether they will face Switzerland, Italy, Croatia or Denmark."

It is not possible for both Ireland sides to face each other
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Oh I swear I read it was based on FIFA rankings.

Damn!
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Strachan oot.

Who'll replace him?
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My money would be on Moysey
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Unless they stay clear of Michael O'Neill then I'll be happy enough.
Malky Mackay has taken charge
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Denmark v Rep of Ireland
Northern Ireland v Switzerland
Croatia v Greece
Sweden v Italy


Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
Greece aside its probably as good a draw as possible.
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Denmark v Rep of Ireland
Northern Ireland v Switzerland
Croatia v Greece
Sweden v Italy


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They really should just make it a fair draw. Scrap the seedings.
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They really should just make it a fair draw. Scrap the seedings.


Agreed, they've all finished 2nd in their group, just leave it open and see what happens.
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Agreed, they've all finished 2nd in their group, just leave it open and see what happens.


Exactly what I am saying! More than that, if a third seed team made it to second place, why would it be fair on the to be put against a first seed team? I mean, if a fair draw made that pairing, fine but no need to bubblewrap the bigger countries.
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Northern Irish didn't have the rub of the green last night. Harsh penalty decision against them (then arguably didn't get one given for a similar thing) and imo Scharr should have got a red card. Don't see them progressing now.
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OYSTON OUT
Disgraceful decision from the match official last night. Not one person (apart from the referee) thought it was a penalty.
Karma for yous lapping up Theirry Henrys hand ball against Ireland.
What did Scotland do in a past life then?
Gutted.

Norn Iron were so much better in the second leg in Basel, I really thought Johnny Evans' header was going to go into the net but alas it wasn't to be. Gutted for players like Aaron Hughes and Gareth McAuley as this was probably their last chance at qualification for a World Cup.
Thought Evans' header was going in too.

Even though Switzerland missed a fair few chances tonight which would have made it more comfortable, it's a shame the only goal of the two legs was as a result of the awful penalty decision.
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Some of those chances missed by Seferovic and Zuber I could have scored!
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OYSTON OUT
Well that has to be the end of Ventura, I just don't understand how you can be so clueless at such a crucial time. So much I could criticise but how the fuck do you leave Insigne as an unused sub and only play El Shaarawy for 25 minutes? De Rossi looking like he wanted to kill someone after being asked to warm up instead of an attacker summed it all up to be honest.
It's frightening how Ventura was ever appointed, and this was always on the cards when it became clear just how out of his depth he was.

As you say, Insigne - the most creative player, the most likely one to maybe produce a moment of magic to get through the defence - getting about 20 minutes over the two legs, absolutely mental.

Get Ancelotti in and go from there.
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Cracking first half between Ireland & Denmark.

Eriksen's goal was a beauty. Huge second half needed from the boys in green.
Eriksen hat trick, 1-4.

Goodbye Ireland

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OYSTON OUT
Stunning hat-trick. Each goal an absolute beauty.

Feel for Ireland. Who would want to go to Russia anyway?
Some of those chances missed by Seferovic and Zuber I could have scored!

I was gutted when Seferovic got subbed off. He added a comedic act to the game due to being so bad.
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