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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lassassinblanc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 4:50pm
Being realistic 4 points would be a good haul but if I let my overly optimistic self take over.

If Portugal have any kind of Euros Hangover then why couldn't we at least pick up a draw there

Azerbaijan will be difficult but I still think we should have enough to pick up a win.

Serbia at home I think we could beat them, bar goalkeeping errors in Serbia we could have won or least drew that game.

I definitely think we'll bring the confidence from the Training camp into these fixtures whether it will be enough I'm not sure
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Originally posted by greenshoots greenshoots wrote:

first time poster so I am gonna come out all positive!! Smile

We'll catch Portugal cold after their exertions in the summer at the Euros and hang on for a nil all draw. We have Azerbaijan up next and we should be expecting ourselves to beat them. That brings a very postive team attitude into the final game of the series at home to Serbia. We showed away from home that we could compete with them. A few goalkeeping errros cost us. I fancy us to go into that game on a huge high and turn them over.

Leaving us with 7 points out of 9, and somehow, miraculously, our chances of getting 2nd place in the group are in our own hands.... I'm not ruling out a World Cup yet!!


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Originally posted by King_Kenny King_Kenny wrote:

Originally posted by grannyrule grannyrule wrote:

Originally posted by E2016 E2016 wrote:

We have been largely dire under Kenny and while last night was a little bit more positive, pre tournament friendlies are fairly meaningless for the teams involved. We stunk the place out vs Belarus before going on to produce 3 of our best performances in a decade over the following weeks. I wouldnt put much stock in us managing a draw with Hungary, despite it being a positive at least in the context of Kenny's reign.

1 point from 9, coming in a draw v Azerbaijan, and the final nail in the coffin for Kenny I expect.

Completely agree with you. Normally, I'd expect a win over Azerbaijan and fancy getting something out of the Serbia match. However, all I expect under Kenny is a draw with Azerbaijan and nothing from the rest which should mean the end for him. 
You expect or hope?

In a thread with 'realistic expectations' in the title, considering we have no competitive victory under Stephen Kenny and our only win of his reign of 12 games came in a friendly against a joke outfit who have 6 wins in their history - surely this is the most realistic response. Christ even the Andorra game we tried our best to avoid winning it. 

The other responses are pie in the sky stuff, if we are actually bring realistic.
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We will get 2 3 or 4 points with 3 points our most likely haul. 

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I don't expect us to get anything from Portugal but I didn't expect us to get anything from the Dutch, France, Italy or Germany in the past and we pulled a draw out of the bag.

I do expect us to beat Azerbaijan, most likely a close affair and a 1-0 or 2-1.

Serbia are no world beaters, as we have seen recently. Good results and performances in the 1st 2 games would have us filled with confidence going in to that and we have a better chance of beating them, than they do of us.

Obviously we need to avoid another injury crisis, a bit of luck or ruthlessness in front of goal, and fingers crossed, Ronaldo announces his International retirement after the Euros!
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beg steal or borrow a point in faro would likely be a game changer 
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Not getting hammered and cut apart. If we can show some sort of progression against Portigal and create some chances that would be good. A draw would be brilliant but probably unlikely. An early goal for them would be a disaster. If we could get to half time withoutvtjem scoring we might start getting notions.
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Originally posted by t_rAndy t_rAndy wrote:

Portgual will be too good but Serbia, if you took Tadic out of the team for example, I dont think are absolutely above our level.


not this again. They are absolutely a rung above us at the moment.
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Originally posted by Jimmy Raggatip Jimmy Raggatip wrote:

Originally posted by t_rAndy t_rAndy wrote:

Portgual will be too good but Serbia, if you took Tadic out of the team for example, I dont think are absolutely above our level.


not this again. They are absolutely a rung above us at the moment.

Yeah sadly true, I do fancy us getting something out of the game in Dublin though. More to them than just Tadic, Vlahovic in Serie A was superb if I remember correctly and that’s just one example.


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Originally posted by Landsdowne90 Landsdowne90 wrote:

Originally posted by Jimmy Raggatip Jimmy Raggatip wrote:

Originally posted by t_rAndy t_rAndy wrote:

Portgual will be too good but Serbia, if you took Tadic out of the team for example, I dont think are absolutely above our level.


not this again. They are absolutely a rung above us at the moment.

Yeah sadly true, I do fancy us getting something out of the game in Dublin though. More to them than just Tadic, Vlahovic in Serie A was superb if I remember correctly and that’s just one example.


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Depends which Serbia turn up, you never know what you are going to get with them. If they turn up playing to their potential we don't have a chance, if they turn in a half arsed performance like they are capable of doing then anything could happen! 

They used to say playing a big country coming off a summer with an international tournament was an opportunity to spring a surprise- don't think that will be a factor against Portugal unfortunatelyLOL 

3 points against Azerbaijan and 2 performances that are competent/good in the other two games would be par for the games. Anything more is a bonus, anything less....well no need to go into that after the decent week we had!

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