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World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Play-offs

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Draw to be held on 17th October in Zurich.

Teams qualified:
Switzerland
Italy
Denmark
Croatia
Sweden
Northern Ireland
Greece
Republic of Ireland

First legs on 9-11th November
Second legs on 12-14th November

CONCACAF vs AFC
1st leg - Honduras vs Australia
2nd leg - Australia vs Honduras

OFC vs CONMEBOL
1st leg - New Zealand vs Peru
2nd leg - Peru vs New Zealand

 

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Top seeds

Portugal or Switzerland

Italy

Croatia 

Northern Ireland

Second seeds

Sweden

Denmark 

Ireland

Greece

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3 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Top seeds

Portugal or Switzerland

Italy

Croatia 

Northern Ireland

Second seeds

Sweden

Denmark 

Ireland

Greece

Aren't they going to based on FIFA rankings of this month?

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4 minutes ago, Azeem98 said:

Aren't they going to based on FIFA rankings of this month?

I just took the rankings as they are now on the FIFA website. Probably not much room for change except for Northern Ireland maybe.

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2 minutes ago, Azeem98 said:

Sweden vs Denmark would be an interesting match up

Italy vs Portugal
Denmark vs Croatia
Northern Ireland vs Republic of Ireland
Greece vs Sweden

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1 minute ago, Stan said:

Italy vs Portugal
Denmark vs Croatia
Northern Ireland vs Republic of Ireland
Greece vs Sweden

Italy can't play Portugal as it's rigged using seeding. FIFA/UEFA don't want the big boys to miss out for financial reasons.

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If Sweden beat the Netherlands they will likely be top seeds ahead of Northern Ireland.

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These playoffs are awful.

Imagine being Ireland and hugely celebrating the win today then draw fucking Italy.

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If Ireland play like they did today against any of the seeded teams (including Northern Ireland if they are seeded), they won't be going to the World Cup.

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Ireland have never been good performers under Martin O'Neill but they get the job done. Not bad since they don't have any attacking players worth more than £5m :ph34r:

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2 hours ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Ireland have never been good performers under Martin O'Neill but they get the job done. Not bad since they don't have any attacking players worth more than £5m :ph34r:

How many stars do they have on that FIFA game though? :ph34r:

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4 hours ago, Azeem98 said:

Sweden vs Denmark would be an interesting match up

Pretty sure that exact tie was drawn for the Euros, with Sweden winning.

I think it looks a pretty tough line up. Apparently Northern Ireland's results in this international break will have them moved to unseeded with Denmark taking their place.

I think Denmark's probably their best bet.

I think both will probably go out to be honest.

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I'd like to see them both qualify but can't really see it, looks tough.

Republic of Ireland are capable of going away and nicking a 1-0 though, and the job Michael O'Neill has done with Northern Ireland is amazing so I wouldn't rule that out.

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I want to see the best teams and players in it so Italy and Portugal (if they end up in the play-offs) have to go through!

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Switzerland confirmed as play-off participants after losing tonight 2-0 in Portugal. 

 

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Switzerland/Italy/Croatia/Denmark are seeded.

Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland/Greece unseeded.

I reckon it'll be:
Switzerland vs Sweden
Italy vs Greece
Denmark vs Northern Ireland
Croatia vs Republic of Ireland

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Italy vs Greece is bound to be the most boring matchup in the history of anything.

 

Hope Italy, Ireland, Croatia and Denmark go through.

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I hope it's not Italy against Greece because I'd like to see both countries in the tournament.

The others I don't really care about to be honest.

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2 minutes ago, SirBalon said:

I hope it's not Italy against Greece because I'd like to see both countries in the tournament.

The others I don't really care about to be honest.

i want Croatia and Denmark in. Croatia because I love watching Modric and they have Andrej Kramaric in their side too who seems to have found comfortability in Hoffenheim with his form now being applied internationally too. And Denmark because of Kasper Schmeichel of course, as well as Eriksen who is a superb talent. 

Not too bothered about the rest. 

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Just now, Stan said:

i want Croatia

There's also Rakitić for me...  Yeah!  Very good side to watch when they're firing on all cylinders.  But they've been average for some months now.

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On 09/10/2017 at 10:02 PM, HoneyNUFC said:

Italy can't play Portugal as it's rigged using seeding. FIFA/UEFA don't want the big boys to miss out for financial reasons.

Youd think 3rd place Portugal beating Platinis France in France would have been a sign to stop.

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1st post updated to include play-offs between other 4 confederations. 

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I'm a firm believe in wanting the very best talent at the World Cup so for me it's a no brainer who I want to progress...

 

 

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Australia shouldn't have a problem with the different atmosphere in Honduras. They come across that in Asia often. The worry might be the crowd and the heat although I'm sure the latter they've also dealt with. Not just in Asia but also domestically.

I think the Soccerroos should win though. Honduras aren't a great side on paper although tactically they seem to be better than what Ange Postecoglu is going for.

As for us, we should be able to beat New Zealand. If we don't it will be a failure. We just finished 5th after dealing with some of the best nations in the world, compared to the team that can barely handle amateurs. Strange things have happened in football and New Zealand have some decent players but I won't celebrate until we are in.

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On 01/09/2017 at 0:04 AM, Teso dos Bichos said:

you really believe peru has a chance to make it to the world cup?  😂😂😂😂

 

8 hours ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

Australia and peru. 

mexico won 9-3 vs new Zealand  (2014 play-off) 

:clown:

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I think both irish sides will be hoping for Denmark. They could beat Croatia but can't see either beating Italy or Portugal

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20 hours ago, Aaroncpfc said:

Some what of a piss take Peru get a second bite of the cherry at the risk of a whole continent not qualifying.

I said that before. But someone did point out that the standard is so low on Australasia is it really fair that a team gets through after playing such poor teams?

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