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You can predict anything to do with International Football, ranging from Friendlies to the WC 2014 Qualifiers to World Rankings.

To begin with I will predict Euro 2012 Qualifying.

EURO 2012:

GROUP A: As it Stands:

Team

1. Germany - 21 pts

2. Belgium - 11 pts

3. Turkey - 10 pts

4. Austria - 7 pts

5. Kazakhstan - 3 pts

6. Azerbajjan - 3 pts

Germany 3-0 Austria

Azerbajan 0-3 Belgium

Turkey 2-0 Kazakstan

Austria 1-2 Turkey

Azerbajan 1-0 Kazakhstan

Azerbajan 0-2 Austria

Turkey 0-2 Germany

Belgium 3-0 Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 0-1 Austria

Germany 2-0 Belgium

Turkey 3-1 Azerbajan

Final Table:

1. Germany - 30 pts

2. Turkey - 19 pts - GD 5

3. Belgium - 17 pts

4. Austria - 13 pts

5. Azerbajan - 6 pts

6. Kazakhstan - 3 pts

GROUP B:

As it Stands:

1. Slovakia - 13 pts

2. Russia - 13 pts

3. Ireland - 13 pts

4. Armenia - 8 pts

5. Macedonia - 4 pts

6. Andorra - 0 pts

Ireland 2-0 Slovakia

Andorra 0-2 Armenia

Russia 2-0 Macedonia

Russia 1-1 Ireland

Slovakia 2-0 Armenia

Macedonia 1-0 Andorra

Armenia 1-1 Macedonia

Andorra 0-3 Ireland

Slovakia 1-1 Russia

Russia 2-0 Andorra

Ireland 2-0 Armenia

Macedonia 1-1 Slovakia

Final Table:

1. Ireland - 23 pts

2. Russia - 21 pts - GD 9

3. Slovakia - 18 pts

4. Armenia - 12 pts

5. Macedonia - 9 pts

6. Andorra - 0 pts

GROUP C:

As it Stands:

1. Italy - 16 pts

2. Slovenia - 11 pts

3. Northern Ireland - 9 pts

4. Serbia - 8 pts

5. Estonia - 7 pts

6. Faroe Islands - 4 pts

Faroe Islands 0-3 Italy

Slovenia 2-0 Estonia

Northern Ireland 1-0 Serbia

Italy 2-0 Slovenia

Serbia 3-0 Faroe Islands

Estonia 0-1 Northern Irelands

Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia

Serbia 1-1 Italy

Italy 2-0 Northern Ireland

Slovenia 2-0 Serbia

Final Table:

1. Italy - 26 pts

2. Northern Ireland - 18 pts - GD 6

3. Slovenia - 17 pts

4. Serbia - 12 pts

5. Estonia - 7 pts

6. Faroe Islands - 4pts

GROUP D:

AS IT STANDS:

1. France - 13 pts

2. Belarus - 12 pts

3. Bosnia and Herz - 10 pts

4. Romania - 8 pts

5. Albania - 8 pts

6. Luxembourg - 1pt

Luxembourg 0-3 Romania

Belarus 1-1 Bosnia and Herz

Albania 0-2 France

Romania 0-1 France

Bosnia and Herz 2-0 Belarus

Luxembourg 0-2 Albania

Bosnia and Herz 3-0 Luxembourg

Romania 2-2 Belarus

France 2-0 Albania

Albania 0-1 Romania

France 1-0 Bosnia and Herz

Final Table:

1. France - 25 pts

2. Bosnia and Herz - 17 pts - GD 5

3. Romania - 15 pts

4. Bosnia and Herz - 14 pts

5. Albania - 11 pts

6. Luxembourg - 1 pt

GROUP E:

As it Stands:

1. Netherlands - 18 pts

2. Sweden - 15 pts

3. Hungary - 12 pts

4. Moldova - 6 pts

5. Finland - 6 pts

6. San Marino - 0 pts

Finland 1-1 Moldova

Hungary 0-1 Sweden

Netherlands 6-0 San Marino

Finland 0-2 Netherlands

Moldova 0-2 Hungary

San Marino 0-4 Sweden

Finland 0-1 Sweden

Netherlands 3-0 Moldova

Sweden 1-3 Netherlands

Hungary 1-0 Finland

Moldova 2-0 San Marino

FINAL TABLE:

1. Netherlands - 30 pts

2. Sweden - 24 pts - GD 18

3. Hungary - 16 pts

4. Moldova - 10 pts

5. Finland - 7 pts

6. San Marino - 0 pts

GROUP F:

AS IT STANDS:

1. Greece - 14 pts

2. Croatia - 13 pts

3. Israel - 13 pts

4. Georgia - 9 pts

5. Latvia - 4 pts

6. Malta - 0 pts

Georgia 1-0 Latvia

Israel 0-2 Greece

Malta 0-4 Croatia

Malta 0-3 Georgia

Latvia 1-2 Greece

Croatia 2-1 Israel

Greece 2-0 Croatia

Latvia 2-0 Malta

Georgia 0-2 Greece

Malta 0-3 Israel

Croatia 2-0 Latvia

FINAL TABLE:

1. Greece - 26 pts

2. Croatia - 22 pts - GD 11

3. Israel - 16 pts

4. Georgia - 15 pts

5. Latvia - 7 pts

6. Malta - 0 pts

GROUP G:

As it Stands:

1. England - 11 pts

2. Montenegro - 11pts

3. Switzerland - 5 pts

4. Bulgaria - 5 pts

5. Wales - 0 pts

Bulgaria 0-2 England

Wales 0-1 Montengro

Switzerland 2-0 Bulgaria

England 3-0 Wales

Montengro 0-1 England

Wales 1-3 Switzerland

Switzerland 3-0 Montengro

Bulgaria 2-0 Wales

FINAL TABLE:

1. England - 20 pts

2. Switzerland - 14 pts GD 7

3. Montengro - 14 pts GD 0

4. Bulgaria - 8 pts

5. Wales - 0 pts

GROUP H:

AS IT STANDS:

1. Portugal - 10 pts

2. Norway - 10 pts

3. Denmark - 10 pts

4. Cyprus - 2 pts

5. Iceland - 1 pts

Cyprus 1-2 Portugal

Norway 2-0 Iceland

Iceland 2-2 Cyprus

Denmark 1-0 Norway

Portugal 2-0 Iceland

Cyprus 1-2 Denmark

Norway 2-0 Cyprus

Denmark 2-3 Portugal

FINAL TABLE:

1. Portugal - 19 pts

2. Norway - 16 pts GD 5

3. Denmark - 16 pts GD 4

4. Cyprus - 3 pts

5. Iceland - 2 pts

Tie Breaker: Denmark finish second due to victory against Norway.

GROUP I:

AS IT STANDS:

1. Spain - 15 pts

2. Czech Republic - 9 pts

3. Scotland - 4 pts

4. Lithuania - 4 pts

5. Liechtenstein - 3 pts

Lithuania 1-0 Liechtenstein

Scotland 2-1 Czech Republic

Scotland 2-0 Lithuania

Spain 4-0 Liechtenstein

Czech Republic 0-2 Spain

Liechtenstein 1-3 Scotland

Spain 3-0 Scotland

Lithuania 0-1 Czech Republic

FINAL TABLE:

1. Spain - 24 pts

2. Scotland - 13 pts - GD 1

3. Czech Republic - 12 pts

4. Lithuania - 7 pts

5. Liechtenstein - 3 pts

QUALIFIED TEAMS (GROUP WINNERS)

GERMANY, IRELAND, ITALY, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, GREECE, ENGLAND, PORTUGAL, SPAIN

SECOND PLACE TEAMS (SOME WITH POINTS AGAIN BOTTOM SEED NOT INCLUDED):

TURKEY (16 PTS), RUSSIA (15 PTS), NORTHERN IRELAND (14 PTS), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (11 PTS), SWEDEN (18), CROATIA (16), SWITZERLAND (14 PTS), DENMARK (16 PTS), SCOTLAND (13 PTS)

1. SWEDEN - 18 PTS

2. TURKEY - 16 PTS

3. CROATIA - 16 PTS

4. DENMARK - 16 PTS

5. RUSSIA - 15 PTS

6. NORTHERN IRELAND - 14 PTS

7. SWITZERLAND - 14 PTS

8. SCOTLAND - 13 PTS

9. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - 11 PTS

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GROUP G:

Bulgaria 1-2 England

Wales 1-0 Montenegro

Switzerland 1-0 Bulgaria

England 2-0 Wales

Montenegro 0-1 England

Wales 2-1 Switzerland

Switzerland 0-1 Montenegro

Bulgaria 1-1 Wales

FINAL TABLE:

1. England - 20 pts

2. Montenegro - 14 pts

3. Switzerland - 8 pts

4. Wales - 7 pt

5. Bulgaria - 6 pts

Group A

1. Germany

2. Belgium

GROUP B:

1. Ireland

2. Russia

GROUP C:

1. Italy

2. Slovenia

3. Northern Ireland

GROUP D:

1. France

2/3/4. Belarus, Bosnia and Herz, Romania - 16 pts

GROUP E:

1. Netherlands

2. Sweden

GROUP F:

1. Greece

2. Croatia

GROUP H:

1. Portugal

2. Norway

GROUP I:

1. Spain

2. Czech Republic

3. Scotland

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GROUP G:

Bulgaria 1-2 England

Wales 1-0 Montenegro

Switzerland 1-0 Bulgaria

England 2-0 Wales

Montenegro 0-1 England

Wales 2-1 Switzerland

Switzerland 0-1 Montenegro

Bulgaria 1-1 Wales

FINAL TABLE:

1. England - 20 pts

2. Montenegro - 14 pts

3. Switzerland - 8 pts

4. Wales - 7 pt

5. Bulgaria - 6 pts

Group A

1. Germany

2. Belgium

GROUP B:

1. Ireland

2. Russia

GROUP C:

1. Italy

2. Slovenia

3. Northern Ireland

GROUP D:

1. France

2/3/4. Belarus, Bosnia and Herz, Romania - 16 pts

GROUP E:

1. Netherlands

2. Sweden

GROUP F:

1. Greece

2. Croatia

GROUP H:

1. Portugal

2. Norway

GROUP I:

1. Spain

2. Czech Republic

3. Scotland

Interesting Precitions!

England are dead certain to qualify, then Ireland 2nd most likely, Scotland 3rd, Northern Ireland 4th and poor Wales in 5th.

Northern Ireland will need to beat Estonia home and away and to beat Serbia at home to have a real chance of qualifying.

Scotland will have to win their three next games and the Chech Republic need to lose to either Spain or Lithuania for Scotland to finish second.

So with England likely to qualify and Wales finsihed, let's take a look at Northern Ireland and Scotland's chances of qualifying.

Northern Ireland's Group:

Italy - 16

Slovenia - 11

Northern Ireland - 9

Serbia - 8

Estonia - 7

Faroe Island - 4

Next Games include:

vs Serbia at Home - I am going for Northern Ireland to have a magical night out. Albeit, Serbia have a great squad, but their results are inconsistent.

vs Estonia home and away - Northern Ireland should win these, however there is a chance that Estonia could be a stuborn obstace in NI's Route to 2012.

vs Italy away - Probably an Italian win as it will be away.

Now let's take a look at NI and their opponents recent form.

Nothern Ireland had a great win over the Faroes aswell as a satisfactory result against Slovenia. However NI's trip to the Faroes was one to forget. A 0-0 draw against Italy was excellent and they came close to a result in Serbia. So not too bad.

Serbia - who are NI's next opponents and Scotland's for the next qualifying campaign - are a hit or a miss.

They lost in Russia 1-0 in their last game. An 0-0 draw with Australia and a 2-1 defeat to South Korea are encouraging signs for NI. Their 1-1 and 3-1 draw and defeat to Estonia eptimises the inconsistency of Serbia so NI do stand a chance of beating the Serbs.

Estonia have lost to the likes of Turkey, Chile and Uruguay recently in Friendlies. However they had an embarrising result against the Faroes in a 2-0 defeat. On the other hand they had fantastic results again Serbia so they are also a hit or a miss.

Italy recently beat Spain 2-1 so they are on the ascendancy. However they also lost to Ireland 2-0 in a friendly in the previous game. I wouldn't back NI to get a result but you never know.

So I am going for a gutsy NI peformance to qualify and as a result, they should finish 2nd.

Scotland's Group:

Spain - 15 pts

Czech Rep - 9 pts

Scotland - 4 pts

Lithuania - 4 pts

Liechtenstein - 3 pts

Next Games include:

vs Czech Republic at home - I am backing Scotland to beat the Czechs who are in terrible form. With the Hamped roar and a decent and enthusiastic squad, I assume Scotland will win.

vs Lithuania at home - Scotland should definatly beat Lithuania who are a team who tend to loss form as a campaign goes on. They haven't had the best of form either.

vs Liechtenstein away - Scotland should win against an awkward minnow who have had some great results recently.

vs Spain away - Spain should win. Hopefully the Spanish will put out a weaker side and give us a chance of getting a point to secure a play off place.

Scotland need to atleast beat the Czechs two nil and win their next two games and for the Czechs to win one and draw one. Preferably 3 wins for Scotland and a defeat for the Czechs against the Spannish.

Scotland have been in decent form and have been climbing up ladder since this time last year. Scotland have beaten the Faroes 3-0, NI 3-0, Wales 3-1 and Denmark 2-1 aswell as a 2-0 defeat to Brazil and an unlucky 1-0 defeat to Ireland. Scotland have been playing well without their strongest side and have gathered a very decent collection of players to choose from (and young players at that). Scotland are in a good position for the Euro Qualifiers and for campaigns in the future with a squad that should get stronger and stronger.

The Czechs have arguably been in the worse form since their formation. A 3-0 defeat to Norway is the Czechs joint worst defeat in their history and they have been struggling for good results and goals with results such as a 0-0 draw with Japan and Peru, 2-1 defeat to Spain, 4-2 defeat to Croatia, 1-0 defeat to Lithuania and only wins coming with 2-0 wins over Liechtenstein and a 1-0 win over Scotland. With the way Scotland have been playing and their results, Scotland should beat a Czech team who have been struggling for results and good performances.

Lithuania are not much better but that is expected from such a small side. Lithuania did beat Armenia 3-0 in a friendly and drew 1-1 Saudi Arabia. A 1-0 defeat to Norway followed an embarrising 2-0 defeat to Liechtenstein. However before that result, Lithuania came close to Spain and beat Poland 2-0. Realisticly Scotland should beat Lithuania as the gulf in class is notable, the only thing Scotland need to do is turn up and give a decent performance and get the result.

Liechtenstein have had some great results as they beat Lithuania 2-0 and nearly drew against Scotland. They did well against the Czechs aswell. However, before the recent campaign, they had a terrible 7-1 defeat to Malta. Scotland should win, however knowing Scotland, it won't be easy!

Spain have not been on the best of form recently as they lost to Italy 2-1. However they have got the results they have needed in qualifying, although they nearly drew 2-2 against Scotland.

Scotland have got three cup finals coming up. They have been on good form, playing well and the quality of players are now starting to rival that of the Czech Republic. The form of the Czech Republic is poor and their squad has been quoted to be the poorest by Petr Cech. A full crowd at Hamped, Scotland should beat them and I would back them to beat Lithuania at home aswell. Then Scotland should beat Liechtenstein away. Hopefully by the time Scotland play Spain, the Czech would have lost to Spain. However, there could be a less experienced Spanish team on should that could give Scotland a chance.

I am going for Scotland to finish second and to get a play off place.

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You can predict anything to do with International Football, ranging from Friendlies to the WC 2014 Qualifiers to World Rankings.

To begin with I will predict Euro 2012 Qualifying.

EURO 2012:

GROUP A: As it Stands:

Team

1. Germany - 21 pts

2. Belgium - 11 pts

3. Turkey - 10 pts

4. Austria - 7 pts

5. Kazakhstan - 3 pts

6. Azerbajjan - 3 pts

Germany 3-0 Austria

Azerbajan 0-3 Belgium

Turkey 2-0 Kazakstan

Austria 1-2 Turkey

Azerbajan 1-0 Kazakhstan

Azerbajan 0-2 Austria

Turkey 0-2 Germany

Belgium 3-0 Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 0-1 Austria

Germany 2-0 Belgium

Turkey 3-1 Azerbajan

Final Table:

1. Germany - 30 pts

2. Turkey - 19 pts - GD 5

3. Belgium - 17 pts

4. Austria - 13 pts

5. Azerbajan - 6 pts

6. Kazakhstan - 3 pts

GROUP B:

As it Stands:

1. Slovakia - 13 pts

2. Russia - 13 pts

3. Ireland - 13 pts

4. Armenia - 8 pts

5. Macedonia - 4 pts

6. Andorra - 0 pts

Ireland 2-0 Slovakia

Andorra 0-2 Armenia

Russia 2-0 Macedonia

Russia 1-1 Ireland

Slovakia 2-0 Armenia

Macedonia 1-0 Andorra

Armenia 1-1 Macedonia

Andorra 0-3 Ireland

Slovakia 1-1 Russia

Russia 2-0 Andorra

Ireland 2-0 Armenia

Macedonia 1-1 Slovakia

Final Table:

1. Ireland - 23 pts

2. Russia - 21 pts - GD 9

3. Slovakia - 18 pts

4. Armenia - 12 pts

5. Macedonia - 9 pts

6. Andorra - 0 pts

GROUP C:

As it Stands:

1. Italy - 16 pts

2. Slovenia - 11 pts

3. Northern Ireland - 9 pts

4. Serbia - 8 pts

5. Estonia - 7 pts

6. Faroe Islands - 4 pts

Faroe Islands 0-3 Italy

Slovenia 2-0 Estonia

Northern Ireland 1-0 Serbia

Italy 2-0 Slovenia

Serbia 3-0 Faroe Islands

Estonia 0-1 Northern Irelands

Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia

Serbia 1-1 Italy

Italy 2-0 Northern Ireland

Slovenia 2-0 Serbia

Final Table:

1. Italy - 26 pts

2. Northern Ireland - 18 pts - GD 6

3. Slovenia - 17 pts

4. Serbia - 12 pts

5. Estonia - 7 pts

6. Faroe Islands - 4pts

GROUP D:

AS IT STANDS:

1. France - 13 pts

2. Belarus - 12 pts

3. Bosnia and Herz - 10 pts

4. Romania - 8 pts

5. Albania - 8 pts

6. Luxembourg - 1pt

Luxembourg 0-3 Romania

Belarus 1-1 Bosnia and Herz

Albania 0-2 France

Romania 0-1 France

Bosnia and Herz 2-0 Belarus

Luxembourg 0-2 Albania

Bosnia and Herz 3-0 Luxembourg

Romania 2-2 Belarus

France 2-0 Albania

Albania 0-1 Romania

France 1-0 Bosnia and Herz

Final Table:

1. France - 25 pts

2. Bosnia and Herz - 17 pts - GD 5

3. Romania - 15 pts

4. Bosnia and Herz - 14 pts

5. Albania - 11 pts

6. Luxembourg - 1 pt

GROUP E:

As it Stands:

1. Netherlands - 18 pts

2. Sweden - 15 pts

3. Hungary - 12 pts

4. Moldova - 6 pts

5. Finland - 6 pts

6. San Marino - 0 pts

Finland 1-1 Moldova

Hungary 0-1 Sweden

Netherlands 6-0 San Marino

Finland 0-2 Netherlands

Moldova 0-2 Hungary

San Marino 0-4 Sweden

Finland 0-1 Sweden

Netherlands 3-0 Moldova

Sweden 1-3 Netherlands

Hungary 1-0 Finland

Moldova 2-0 San Marino

FINAL TABLE:

1. Netherlands - 30 pts

2. Sweden - 24 pts - GD 18

3. Hungary - 16 pts

4. Moldova - 10 pts

5. Finland - 7 pts

6. San Marino - 0 pts

GROUP F:

AS IT STANDS:

1. Greece - 14 pts

2. Croatia - 13 pts

3. Israel - 13 pts

4. Georgia - 9 pts

5. Latvia - 4 pts

6. Malta - 0 pts

Georgia 1-0 Latvia

Israel 0-2 Greece

Malta 0-4 Croatia

Malta 0-3 Georgia

Latvia 1-2 Greece

Croatia 2-1 Israel

Greece 2-0 Croatia

Latvia 2-0 Malta

Georgia 0-2 Greece

Malta 0-3 Israel

Croatia 2-0 Latvia

FINAL TABLE:

1. Greece - 26 pts

2. Croatia - 22 pts - GD 11

3. Israel - 16 pts

4. Georgia - 15 pts

5. Latvia - 7 pts

6. Malta - 0 pts

GROUP G:

As it Stands:

1. England - 11 pts

2. Montenegro - 11pts

3. Switzerland - 5 pts

4. Bulgaria - 5 pts

5. Wales - 0 pts

Bulgaria 0-2 England

Wales 0-1 Montengro

Switzerland 2-0 Bulgaria

England 3-0 Wales

Montengro 0-1 England

Wales 1-3 Switzerland

Switzerland 3-0 Montengro

Bulgaria 2-0 Wales

FINAL TABLE:

1. England - 20 pts

2. Switzerland - 14 pts GD 7

3. Montengro - 14 pts GD 0

4. Bulgaria - 8 pts

5. Wales - 0 pts

GROUP H:

AS IT STANDS:

1. Portugal - 10 pts

2. Norway - 10 pts

3. Denmark - 10 pts

4. Cyprus - 2 pts

5. Iceland - 1 pts

Cyprus 1-2 Portugal

Norway 2-0 Iceland

Iceland 2-2 Cyprus

Denmark 1-0 Norway

Portugal 2-0 Iceland

Cyprus 1-2 Denmark

Norway 2-0 Cyprus

Denmark 2-3 Portugal

FINAL TABLE:

1. Portugal - 19 pts

2. Norway - 16 pts GD 5

3. Denmark - 16 pts GD 4

4. Cyprus - 3 pts

5. Iceland - 2 pts

Tie Breaker: Denmark finish second due to victory against Norway.

GROUP I:

AS IT STANDS:

1. Spain - 15 pts

2. Czech Republic - 9 pts

3. Scotland - 4 pts

4. Lithuania - 4 pts

5. Liechtenstein - 3 pts

Lithuania 1-0 Liechtenstein

Scotland 2-1 Czech Republic

Scotland 2-0 Lithuania

Spain 4-0 Liechtenstein

Czech Republic 0-2 Spain

Liechtenstein 1-3 Scotland

Spain 3-0 Scotland

Lithuania 0-1 Czech Republic

FINAL TABLE:

1. Spain - 24 pts

2. Scotland - 13 pts - GD 1

3. Czech Republic - 12 pts

4. Lithuania - 7 pts

5. Liechtenstein - 3 pts

QUALIFIED TEAMS (GROUP WINNERS)

GERMANY, IRELAND, ITALY, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, GREECE, ENGLAND, PORTUGAL, SPAIN

SECOND PLACE TEAMS (SOME WITH POINTS AGAIN BOTTOM SEED NOT INCLUDED):

TURKEY (16 PTS), RUSSIA (15 PTS), NORTHERN IRELAND (14 PTS), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (11 PTS), SWEDEN (18), CROATIA (16), SWITZERLAND (14 PTS), DENMARK (16 PTS), SCOTLAND (13 PTS)

1. SWEDEN - 18 PTS

2. TURKEY - 16 PTS

3. CROATIA - 16 PTS

4. DENMARK - 16 PTS

5. RUSSIA - 15 PTS

6. NORTHERN IRELAND - 14 PTS

7. SWITZERLAND - 14 PTS

8. SCOTLAND - 13 PTS

9. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - 11 PTS

WHO KNOWS?

intersting that you think all the british teams inc ireland will finish in the top 2 apart from poor old wales who you have given nothing..i think only england and ireland will make it into the top 2 slots and wales will get more than zero points!

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intersting that you think all the british teams inc ireland will finish in the top 2 apart from poor old wales who you have given nothing..i think only england and ireland will make it into the top 2 slots and wales will get more than zero points!

Well I was being optimistic!

I believe if Northern Ireland beat Serbia, they will only need two wins to finish second.

Scotland will have to beat the Czech Republic and I feel (judging on recent form etc) that may well be a reality. After that, Scotland will have to beat oppositon who should be beaten by the Scots. Then it only takes the Czechs to loss to Spain and Scotland will be second.

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I think England will get to euro 2012 by winning their group. Its amazing to think that Montenegro who were in irelands group in the last world cup qualifiers were 6th seeds in that group - because they were new to Fifa being a new country and all, (ireland drew with them twice both 0-0 scorelines),-for the next world cup quailifers they are 2nd seeds.

As for ireland i think we have a very good chance to get to euro 2012, a massive few days in early sept- home to slovakia sept 2nd ,away to russia sept 6th,i would be very happy with 4 points from those 2 games. Our defensive record has been very good of late,not conceded a goal now in five games. Ireland were destroyed by russia though in dublin last oct, russia won

3-2 but it could have been 4 or 5 nil (ireland got a dodgy pen 3 nil down and that gave us a glimmer of hope) ireland were totally overrun though in midfield for most of the game, i hope on sept 6th we dont let that happen again,i think the manager got his tactics wrong in that game. Russia played with 5 in midfield,ireland played with 3 and tried to use the long ball game that totally backfired.

We drew with slovakia away 1-1 last oct a few days after the russian defeat although we should have won that game againest slovakia- keane missed a hatfull of good chances and also missed a pen (his first pen miss for ireland) he had an off night that night but in fairness to him 51 goals in 108 games is a very good record.

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Scotland will have to beat the Czech Republic and I feel (judging on recent form etc) that may well be a reality. After that, Scotland will have to beat oppositon who should be beaten by the Scots. Then it only takes the Czechs to loss to Spain and Scotland will be second.

Famous last words... Scotland are renouned for not beating oppostion that should be beaten by the Scots... they are the best in the world at it!!!

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The worst we have done is draw against the Faroe Islands but we had a rubbish team back then and a few years ago we beat them 6-0. Scotland does seem to have a problem with attitude and mentality when it comes to winning easy games. Scotland has under achieved throughout its history: the 1960s had a worldclass Scottish Team and we didn't make the world cup and we have never made it past the group stage of an international tournemant.

Anyway to Scotland's next qualifier against the Czech Republic, the Chelsea goalkepper Petr Cech is going to miss that. I feel Scotland will win the game.

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The worst we have done is draw against the Faroe Islands but we had a rubbish team back then

Really?? who can forget World Cup 1978...losing to Peru 1-3 and the laughable 1-1 draw with Iran..or WC 1990 losing to Costa Rica 0-1 and of course WC 1998 being thumped 3-0 by Morocco.

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Really?? who can forget World Cup 1978...losing to Peru 1-3 and the laughable 1-1 draw with Iran..or WC 1990 losing to Costa Rica 0-1 and of course WC 1998 being thumped 3-0 by Morocco.

Peru in 1978 had one of the best strikers in the world. Obviously a draw against the Faroe Islands is worse than being thumped by Morocco or drawing with Iran. Mind you the Scotland team of 1998 was pretty poor.

How about more pleasing results such as:

Scotland 7-2 England - 1878

Scotland 9-0 Wales - 1878

Scotland 6-1 England - 1881

Scotland 5-1 England - 1882

Scotland 8-2 Ireland - 1885

Scotland 8-1 Wales - 1885

Scotland 7-2 Ireland - 1886

Scotland 10-2 Ireland - 1888

Scotland 6-1 Wales - 1892

Scotland 8-0 Wales - 1893

Scotland 6-1 Ireland - 1893

Scotland 9-1 Ireland - 1899

Scotland 11-0 Ireland - 1901

Scotland 7-3 Ireland - 1929

Scotland 7-3 Norway - 1929

Scotland 2-0 Germany - 1936

Scotland 3-1 England - 1937

Scotland 3-1 Czechoslovakia - 1937

Scotland 5-0 Czechoslovakia - 1937

Scotland 3-1 Hungary - 1938

Scotland 2-0 Belgium - 1948

Scotland 8-2 Ireland - 1949

Scotland 3-1 England - 1949

Scotland 5-0 Belgium - 1951

Scotland 3-1 West Germany - 1957

Scotland 3-2 West Germany - 1959

Scotland 3-2 Czechoslovakia - 1961

Scotland 6-2 Spain - 1963

Scotland 1-0 England - 1964

Scotland 3-2 England - 1967

Scotland 8-0 Cyprus - 1969

Scotland 2-1 Czechoslovakia - 1973

Scotland 2-1 England - 1976

Scotland 3-1 Czechoslovakia - 1977

Scotland 3-2 Netherlands - 1978

Scotland 1-0 England - 1981

Scotland 2-1 Netherlands - 1982

Scotland 3-1 Spain - 1984

Scotland 1-0 England - 1985

Scotland 2-0 Belgium - 1987

Scotland 2-0 France - 1989

Scotland 1-0 Argentina - 1990

Scotland 1-0 Germany - 1999

Scotland 1-0 England - 1999

Scotland 1-0 Netherlands - 2003

Scotland 1-0 France - 2006

Scotland 1-0 France - 2007

Scotland 3-1 Ukraine - 2007

Scotland 2-1 Denmark - 2011

So There You Have It....

Also Scotland qualified for World Cups 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 (5 consecutive tournemants). England didn't even made it to the finals of 1974 or 1978.

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Good night for England, Great Night for Wales and disapointing night for Northern Ireland.

Tomorow sees Scotland host a weary looking Czech Republic who will be missing Petr Cech and will be capped by an out of touch Tomas Rosicky. I've got tickets to see the game and hopefully we will win.

Group I as it Stands:

1. Spain - Pld 5 - 15 pts

2. Czech Rep - Pld 5 - 9 pts

3. Lithuania - Pld 6 - 5 pts

4. Scotland - Pld 4 - 4 pts

5. Liechtenstein - Pld 6 - 4 pts

Well, earlier today there was a boost for Scotland as Lithuania shot themselves in the foot and ended any hopes of EURO 2012 Qualification as they failed to beat minnows Liechtenstein in 0-0 draw on their home soil and saw one of their star strikers sent off and he'll miss the Scotland game on Tuesday.

Anyway, Scotland have got to play the Czech Republic at 3pm, Saturday at Hamped Park (the first of three must win games for the Scots). Scotland have come into the qualifiers in good form with a 2-1 victory over Denmark, 3-0 again NI, 3-1 vs Wales and 3-0 vs Faroe Islands plus a close encouter with Spain in a 3-2 defeat and an unlucky 0-1 defeat to Ireland.

Craig Levein's Side has improved leaps and boss during the course of 12 months as Charlie Adam has emerged onto the scene aswell as players such as James Morrison and Phil Bardsley making their mark.

The Czech Republic lost 3-0 to Norway last month in a game which saw Norway create plenty of chances. In previous, Games the Czechs drew 0-0 to Peru and Japan (not the sort of form to come into a competitive international) plus a 4-2 defeat to Croatia with their only wins coming agains Liechtenstein after they lost 1-0 to Lithuania.

With the absence of Petr Cech and distinct loss of form and quality, the Czech Republic aren't the same side they were 4 years ago. Scotland have gone through the rollercoaster in recent years with an impressive and heart breaking Euro 2008 campaign followed by a demoralising World Cup Campaign. However, during the past 12 months the squad has improved in leaps and bounds with healthy looking squad with plenty of quality and the majority of players playing in England. Scotland should be confident coming into such a vital game against an out of form team whilst Scotland have had some decent and uplifting results since the controversial night in Prague last October that saw Craig Levein opt for a 4-6-0 formation.

Craig Levein has named his squad and let's take a look at it:

GK - Alan McGregor

Scotland are lucky that they have two very decent goalkeepers in McGregor of Rangers and Craig Gordon of Sunderland (the most expensive goalkeeper in British History and a player who had the outstanding save of the season in PL last year). McGregor has excellent reflexes and he is pretty reliable infront of goal. My only issue with the Rangers No.1 is that he isn't all that confident with crosses etc and for example, the mistake he made for Denmarks only goal last the month. Nonetheless, he is on the whole a pretty reliable Goalkeeper with Champions League experience with Rangers.

RB - Alan Hutton

Alan Hutton this week signed for Aston Villa after a frustrating time at Tottenham (albeit last season was decent as he played plenty oc CL games). He is now re-united with former Scotland coach Alex McCleish, who gave Alan Hutton his first cap during the Euro 2008 campaign. During that Campaign, Hutton (a player I used to be critical of) showed his attacking abilty with fantastic runs, great passes and fantastic energy and he really was looking the part (unfortuantly a move to England seems to have halted his progress). Hutton is fine at attacking, however his defences attributes can let him down (particulary in the man-marking area). Hutton hasn't kicked a ball since March with an injury, however in a must win game, Hutton is one of Scotland's 4 best Full Backs and he should contribute in the Attacking Areas. His Premier League and Champions League experience with Both Rangers and Tottenham should be notable.

CB - Gary Caldwell

Caldwell is the captain of Premier League side Wigan Atheltic. He isn't a popular figure in the National Squad (although his famous goal against France in 2006 was his finest moment for Scotland in a 1-0 win). He has had experience in the Champions League with Celtic and he now has Premier League experience, however, Caldwell is capable of doing daft thing like getting sent off, Scoring own goals and making catastrophic errors. Despite these issue, Caldwell is generally a competent Central Defender with some good defensive attributes.

CB - Cristophe Berra

Yet another Premier League player, Berra has now emerged himself as part of the Centre Half Partnership with Wolves and he has played every minute of the Premier League season so far. Like Caldwell, Berra is capable of making errors, however in the past few seasons he has improved and gained experience in the Premier League. In a 3-1 win over Wales, Berra certainly showed his role in a Scotland shirt with an impressive headered goal. An experienced Premier League partnership of Caldwell and Berra would be fine.

LB - Phil Bardsley

Who was Sunderland's Player of the Season last year? Was it Asamoah Gyan, Jordan Henderson? No, it was Phil Bardsley, a former Manchester United Full Back. Last season, Bardsley found his way into the National Team after an impressive season that saw Bardsley act as a reliable player in defensive areas plus a contibutant in attacking areas with incredible long range shouts. The player has great enthusiasm and is a great contribution to the Sunderland and Scotland team.

CDM - Darren Fletcher

Although Fletcher had suffered a virus in the past months, Fletch, Levein and Man United say that he is 100% fit, a bonus for Levein's Scotland side. Darren Fletcher like Charlie Adam has emerged as a talented midfielder. In recent seasons, Fletcher was a significant player for the Red Devils in Midfield and his box to box style and world class marking ability plus good passing skills makes him a very decent and composed midfielder. Darren during the season 2009-2010 was included in the PL Team of the Season. Although he hasn't played as well for Scotland as he does for Man Utd, Fletcher should be able to do his job properly with Charlie Adam beside as in past years Fletcher has tried too hard to do everything. A real bonus and a signficant contribution to the Scotland Tean. Sadly for Darren, with unfortuant circumstances, he has missed three Champions League finals.

CM - Charlie Adam

Premier League and Champions League Experience, Charlie Adam has seen his repuation improve signficantly in the past two seasons and like Fletcher, he has found himself at the heart of the midfield of a giant English Club. Charlie proved last season that he has some incredible ability in terms of Long Balls aswell as Set Pieces. After a great season with Blackpool, Charlie Adam started the season with challenge of playing for Liverpool. I've seen two of his games and I've been impressed with what I've seen. His role is far different than last season with a more significant role in terms of positioning, defensive areas etc. Charlie Adam's stark improvement really is a big bonus for the Scotland team.

CM - Scott Brown

Brown of Celtic is a firery midfield player who could do with moving south of the border. He's had Champions League experience and he has great energy plus levels plus high agility. His scoring, marking and crossing are areas that Brown could improve in, however he is a decent player who was very decent a few years ago. With a decent midfield of Fletcher and Adam, Brown should be able to shine for Scotland tomorrow.

LM - James Morrison

Morrison is highly underrated Midfield player who plays for West Brom in the midfield. Last season so Morrison shine with spectacular goals against Manchester United and Birmingham. With a great long range shot plus fance foot work like James McFadden, Morrsion should be able to fill Faddy's boots. With great enthusiasm and lots of Energy, Morrsion should be a great aspect to Scotland's Attacks against the Czechs on Saturday.

RM - Steven Naismith

One of only a few old firm players in the Scotland side, Naismith is player has Champions League experience and a player who has emerged during the past few seasons as a very decent striker. With a poweful shot plus great enthusiasm, Naismith would be bring a great dimension to Scotland's attacks and his runs should tempt players such as Adam and Fletcher to deliver long balls to create very decent attacks.

ST - Kenny Miller

Personally, I would have prefered Steven Fletcher of Wolves, however he is not available for match selection under the reign of Craig Levein. Kenny Miller had a fantastic first half of the season last year at Rangers before moving to Turkey and then to Wales at Cardiff City. Miller works had and runs around a lot. He is a hit or a miss as he can score some great goals and on the otherhand he could really squander chances that really should be finsihed off. His touch can let him down and for a lone striker, he might find himself on the wings rather than in the Penalty area. However, Miller is probably the best striker we have and his runs would temps the likes of Charlie Adam to deliver fantastic long range passes to his feet.

Hopefully Scotland will win on Saturday. I'm going for a 2-1 victory but we have to wait and see and then it will be Lithuania on Tuesday at Hampden against a side who did not beat Liechenstein on two occasions.

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Another win for Wales, and first time I have seen Wales win in many years.

England qualify but Rooney was sent off.

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Another win for Wales, taking up to 9pts at the end of the group, and hopefully to a far more respectful world ranking.

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The Republic of Ireland will play Estonia in the playoffs. Republic of Ireland win is my prediction.

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A great win for ireland last friday, 4 nil win away to estonia,10 games now unbeaten,1 goal conceded in ten games. The second leg now a formality but hope we score a few goals on tuesday. Euro 2012 here we come :drinks:

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