Can Ireland still qualify for Euro 2008?

I made some predictions back in June. Still on course! But, honestly, it looks like a big ask now, so I am not holding my breath. But, so far, I have predicted the main results bang on. Except for Wales beating Slovakia. I have got the two Irish results right. No consolation in saying that! We’d have to improve enormously between now and October to beat Germany and I just do not see it happening.

 

Table After Sept 12th

                                P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Germany             8    7     1     0     31   4    27      22
2    Czech Republic   9    6     2     1     19   4    15      20
3    Rep of Ireland     9    4     2     3     14   11    3      14
4    Slovakia              9    3     1     5     20   20   0       10
5    Wales                 8    3     1     4      13    13   0      10
6    Cyprus                8    3     1     4      13    16   -3    10
7    San Marino         9    0     0     9      1    43   -42     0

 

12/09/07 Czech Republic  1 v 0  Republic of Ireland, Slovakia  2 v 1  Wales, Cyprus  2 v 0  San Marino: The Czechs score a valuable win against a poor Irish team, Slovakia get back in the hunt with a win over Wales at home, while San Marino lose again to Cyprus. (UPDATE: Czechs do beat Ireland 1-0, but Wales thrash Slovakia 5-2 away, and Cyprus beat San Marino 3-0. Ireland looked very poor and are hardly in any shape to win their remaining three games. But…who knows? I predicted this loss slightly with my eye on the Czechs losing momentum late in their campaign, so I still think there is an outside chance of Ireland qualifying.)

PREDICTIONS:

13/10/07 Republic of Ireland  1 v  0  Germany, Cyprus  2 v 0  Wales, Slovakia  4 v 0  San Marino: On a day when the Czechs don’t play, Ireland stun the group with a tremendous win over Germany. The Germans are suitably unruffled, having done enough to secure qualification already. Cyprus continue a good campaign with a win over a faltering Wales.

17/10/07 Germany  2 v 1  Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland  2 v 1  Cyprus, San Marino  1 v 3  Wales: Germany are back to their confident best at home by defeating an ageing Czech team. The Irish gain revenge for earlier humiliations against Cyprus, but it is a close thing.

17/11/07 Czech Republic  2 v 2  Slovakia, Germany  3 v 1  Cyprus, Wales  1 v 2  Republic of Ireland: Close rivals Slovakia and Czech Republic battle to an exciting draw while Ireland continue to climb with an impressive and solid display against a dispirited Wales team in Cardiff.

21/11/07 Cyprus  1 v 1  Czech Republic, Germany  2 v 0  Wales, San Marino  1 v 4  Slovakia: The Czechs need three points for qualification but Cyprus at home are a tough nut to crack. Slovakia leave it too late to qualify with their late win against San Marino.

FINAL TABLE?
21 Nov 2007
                                P    W    D    L    F     A    GD    PTS
1    Germany            12   10   1    1    37     7    30    31
3    Rep of Ireland    12   7    2    3    18    12     6     23
2    Czech Republic  12   6    4    2    24     9     15    22
4    Slovakia             12   6    2    4    29    18    11    20
6    Cyprus               12   4    2    6    19    23    -4    14
5    Wales                12   3    1    8    13    19    -6    10
7    San Marino        12   0    0    12    4    56    -52    0

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3 Comments

  1. September 13, 2007 at 10:17 am

    That’s your funniest post yet, ha ha ha!!!! You’re a real comedian!

  2. September 13, 2007 at 10:20 am

    You forgot the bit about Steve Staunton being headhunted by Brazil for the 2010 World cup campaign.

  3. shazgood said,

    September 13, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Technically, we are still in it. Of course, looking at it in the cold light of day…impossible.
    Staunton for Arsenal!!


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