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Crucial Euro 2008 Qualifiers…..Group B

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 Scotland’s group was always going to be a tough ask for any team to qualify from, especially a team that lost their manager half way through the campaign. Walter Smith left his post to join Rangers, and Alex McLeish is his replacement and after a 2-0 win over the Faroes, McLeish faces a much bigger challenge to prove he has what it takes to bring Scotland back to a major tournament for the first time in years.

Saturday sees Italy and France square off while Scotland play a must-win game at home to Lithuania.With Ukraine facing a potential banana skin in Georgia away, Scotland could rule the fourth-placed team out of the equation with a win of their own. McLeish knows Italy or France will drop points and come the end of Saturday, Scotland could be in second place in the group.

Assuming Scotland win, McLeish may well prefer a French win in Italy as Scotland could hope to catch the French team in ‘hungover’ mode, believing that qualification is right around the corner. Scotland would then hope to take a point away from France, and were that to be the case, would be looking extremely good, with a potential showdown with Italy as their final, and possibly most important, group game in November. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Italy travel to Ukraine, and with the national team in decidedly average form, Ukraine may hope to spring another surprise.

This group is perfectly poised, and thefc100 will be rooting on Scotland all the way……here’s the group table as it currently stands:

                                     Pld          Pts

  • France                  7            18
  • Italy                      7            16
  • Scotland               7            15
  • Ukraine                 6            12
  • Lithuania              7             7
  • Georgia                8             6
  • Faroe Islands        8             0
  1. September 7, 2007 at 4:03 am

    hmmm its a very big game (france V italy) .. i think who ever wins, can say they will qualify for euro

    Its still a very open group, and be interesting to see how it ends … i do think that if donadoni uses his brain, italy will beat france, and will qualify easy … but i guess we will see this weekend

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