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Euro 2020 Qualifiers

The humdrum of Premier League football is over for a couple of weeks, and now we can concentrate on the last qualifiers for Euro 2020.
Some groups are done, but there is still some drama. Some nations will also be looking at the play off picture with great interest.

GROUP A - England 15pts, Czech Rep. 12pts, Kosovo 11pts
With England needing a point to qualify, this is mainly about who gets second. And to add to the drama, Kosovo travel to the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Czechs have the easier final game, away to Bulgaria. Kosovo come to England in their final game.
Kosovo have the bonus of being guaranteed of a play off place.

GROUP B - Portugal 11pts, Serbia 10pts
Ukraine have already won this group. Portugal have a home game against Lithuania followed by a trip to Luxembourg so should have little trouble qualifying. Needing a slip up, Serbia host Luxembourg and Ukraine knowing 6 points may not be enough.

GROUP C - Netherlands 15pts, Germany 15pts, Northern Ireland 12pts
The Irish could beat both Netherlands (Saturday) and Germany (Tuesday) and still finish 3rd, so need to better the reverse results. The Dutch host Estonia while Germany host Belarus in the other games.

GROUP D - Ireland 12pts, Denmark 12pts, Switzerland 11pts.
Denmark host Gibraltar while Switzerland have Georgia on Friday before playing Gibraltar on Monday.
The big game will be Mondays match up between Ireland and Denmark, with the Irish likely needing a win to qualify.

GROUP E - Croatia 14pts, Hungary 12pts, Slovakia 10pts, Wales 8pts
Croatia and Hungary only have one fixture left, while Slovakia and Wales play twice.
Croatia qualify with a win or draw against Slovakia on Saturday.
Hungary qualify if they beat Wales on Tuesday.
Slovakia will definitely be through if they beat Croatia and Azerbaijan.
Wales need 2 wins against Azerbaijan and Hungary and hope other results go their way.

GROUP F - Sweden 15pts, Romania 14pts, Norway 11pts.
Spain are already through.
On Friday Romania host Sweden in what could be a decider, however Romania go to Spain in their last game while Sweden have a much easier looking fixture against Faroe Islands.
Norway will be hoping for both to slip up, knowing a win either way on Friday will knock them out. Norway play the bottom 2, Faroe Islands and Malta.

GROUP G - Austria 16pts, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel all 11pts
Poland are through.
Austria play North Macedonia and pointless Latvia needing one win to guarantee a place. Will take a massive shock for the other 3 to get a sniff.

GROUP H - Turkey 19pts, France 19pts, Iceland 15pts
Thursdays game between Turkey and Iceland could shake the group up, but in reality this is about the fight for 1st and a top seeding in the Euro20 draw. Turkeys final game is against Andorra, while France have Moldova and Albania.

Group I
Belgium and Russia are through.

GROUP J - Finland 15pts, Armenia 10pts, Bosnia-Herzegovina 10pts
Hosting Liechtenstein on Friday, Finland should qualify behind already through Italy. If Bosnia fail to beat Italy on the same then even a draw is enough. Finland also have a game against already out Greece if needed.


Play-offs
A lot could change, but this is how it looks at the moment:

Path A: Switzerland, Iceland, Bulgaria/Israel/Romania*
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Slovakia, Northern Ireland
Path C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Bulgaria/Israel/Romania*
Path D: Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus

*In the current scenario, a draw would decide which of Bulgaria, Israel or Romania would fill the empty slot in Path C, and which two would go into Path A.


EURO 20 DRAW
Unlike previous tournaments, seeding is not done on coefficients but performance in qualifiers. Top seeds will be the best 6 performing winners of the 10 groups. The remaining winners and best 2 performing 2nd placed teams will be in pot 2, with the next best 6 2nd placed teams in pot 3. The remaining two 2nd placed teams and play-off winners will be in pot 4.

The draw also has pre-ordained positions for hosts - if they qualify.
Group A - Italy and Azerbaijan
Group B - Denmark and Russia
Group C - Netherlands and Romania
Group D - England and Scotland
Group E - Spain and Ireland
Group F - Germany and Hungary.

The draw is on November 30th.

posted on 12/11/19

That's the spirit

posted on 12/11/19

comment by kneerash-23 Cara Gold (U6876)
posted 34 seconds ago
That's the spirit
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Aye whisky is, not whiskey

posted on 12/11/19

How do the play offs work then?

Seeing engurlund are qualified apparently easily I've not paid attention.

there seems to be some stupid link to the national league rubbish such that some teams might finish second in group but miss out while others finish second and qualify.

It seems incredibly and stupidly complex.

As far as i can tell form the above:

In group I:

Russia and Belgium have qualified for final tournament Russia unfairly imo in 2nd)
BUT scotland are FOURTH but go to the playoffs.
cyprus were 3rd and are out. WTF

Then group E:

nobody has yet qualified. croatia and hungary are 1st and 2nd.

wales are 4th but might still finish 1st
Azarbaizjan are last rock bottom but are assured of play off!!!! WTF how unfair is that . they've bought their way in. drew 1 lost 5 but get the sweet run??

then ireland:

both denmark and switzerland are in play offs. but ireland top group so must win group to qualify/ get a play off??

I don't get that.

georgia in 4th place are in play offs no matter what.

So if ireland lose they are a host but go out while georgia get a play off?






this is almost as complex as martin atkinson doing offside.

comment by Pun (U21588)

posted on 12/11/19

It is complex but the Nations League is far from rubbish. Probably the best idea they've had in recent years.

posted on 12/11/19

The top 2 in each group qualify. Thats 20 teams.

Any team who won a Nations League group guarantees a play-off place. However, if they are one of the 20 teams already through they don't need that place so it goes to the next best team who haven't qualified (based on Nations League placings).

A Nation who won their nations league group but don't qualify as one of the 20 will not face a team from a higher league. So a League A team cannot drop into league Cs play-offs. However, if League A isn't filled up then Nations from lower leagues can step up to complete League A.

Ireland are almost guaranteed a play-off place due to teams above them in Nations League standings qualifying already.

posted on 12/11/19

Scotland will conspire to fack it up that is as certain as death and taxes

posted on 12/11/19

Funny if we manage to qualify with a couple of draws against Norway and Serbia or whatever. When you think about how close we were to qualifying from a group containing France and Italy in 2007/2008 (the two world cup finalists), it's a bit of a joke if we qualify that way. We are used to heroic failure, not unheroic success.

posted on 12/11/19

comment by D'Jeezus Mackaroni (U1137)
posted 4 hours, 35 minutes ago
The top 2 in each group qualify. Thats 20 teams.

Any team who won a Nations League group guarantees a play-off place. However, if they are one of the 20 teams already through they don't need that place so it goes to the next best team who haven't qualified (based on Nations League placings).

A Nation who won their nations league group but don't qualify as one of the 20 will not face a team from a higher league. So a League A team cannot drop into league Cs play-offs. However, if League A isn't filled up then Nations from lower leagues can step up to complete League A.

Ireland are almost guaranteed a play-off place due to teams above them in Nations League standings qualifying already.
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And Wales?

posted 1 month, 1 day ago

Wales will get a play off place as well, if they need it.

posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Quick update...

Group A - England and Czech through

Group B - Portugal just need to match Serbias result to qualify with Ukraine

Group C - Germany and Netherlands through

Group D - Ireland have to beat Denmark. Switzerland go through with a win or if Ireland dont.

Group E - Croatia are through. Winner of Hungary and Wales joins them.

Group F - Spain and Sweden are through.

Group G - Poland and Austria qualified

Group H - France and Turkey.

Group I - Belgium and Russia

Group J - Italy and Finland.


Not a lot to play for in the second round of fixtures

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