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Should be a game where Croatia win comfortabally, if not then the rest of the group will be loads of trouble :pp

Hopefully we go back to two up front, also I'd like to see some changes in the lineup. No more Olic please, let's see Petric and Mandzukic up front. Try something different. Also I'd like to see a guy like Ilicevic get a run too. Who knows, maybe even give Subasic a chance in goal.

Again, should be a win and Croatia then moves to a tie in second place but with one more match than Ukraine
 

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i think thats too offensive. we definively need more support at the back. you saw today our defenders made some big mistakes and it always looked dangerous when sheva got the ball and ran down the pitch.

andorrans come from mountain, they are used to the thinner air so when they come to lower grounds like croatia the extra air gives them extra energy.

therefore something like

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corluka - krizanac - vejic - simunic - pranjic
srna - n. kovac - j. leko - dekica
olic

is the way to go
 

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we need two goalkeepers :D

anyway, in World Cup qualifying goal difference I believe is the first tiebreaker, hopefully we see another 6-0, 7-0 but we need to win by at least 3
 

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yeah but if we going for the 2nd place only the matches between first 4 teams are taken into accounts afaik when determining the ranking of 2nd placed teams.

so how much we win against andorra won't help us there as it won't negate the -3 we have with england.
 

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in UEFA it is (which is dumb in my opinion, at Euros you had teams winning the group after two rounds), not for FIFA. In fact head to head is the third tie-breaker for FIFA

for FIFA
1. Goal difference
2. Goals score
3. Head to head with the team you are tied with
 

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wait, at the end of qualifiers they will deduct 6 points right? Because the last group only has 5 teams and they need to determine the top 8 runners up. So at the end, these games against Andorra don't really matter, they still have to win them of course but even if they win 20:0 it won't matter much.
 

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wait, at the end of qualifiers they will deduct 6 points right? Because the last group only has 5 teams and they need to determine the top 8 runners up. So at the end, these games against Andorra don't really matter, they still have to win them of course but even if they win 20:0 it won't matter much.

Run that by me one more time. I never heard of that.
 

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Run that by me one more time. I never heard of that.
not all groups have the same number of teams. so when ranking the 2nd placed teams , which they need to do as only 8 out of 9 2nd placed teams go to play offs, the teams don't have the same number of games played. so you need to equalize the number of games. thats why games against 6th placed teams in groups 1 till 8 which have 6 teams won't be taken into account.

to equalize it the last group, group 9 which has only 5 teams doesn't have anyone from the same pot as san marino, malta, andorra, lichtenstein... crew.
 

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in UEFA it is (which is dumb in my opinion, at Euros you had teams winning the group after two rounds), not for FIFA. In fact head to head is the third tie-breaker for FIFA

for FIFA
1. Goal difference
2. Goals score
3. Head to head with the team you are tied with
Nope, head to head is the 4th tie-breaker. FIFA Ranking is the third tie-breaker. That's why these FIFA rankings matter.
 

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I'd go with this lineup, but I know for sure Bilic would never use it, it seems he doesn't like experimenting even in friendly matches yet alone qualifiers

Subasic
Corluka - Krizanac - Knezevic - Pranjic
Srna - Vukojevic - Rakitic - Modric
Petric - Mandzukic

Try to play Klasnic, Ilicevic off the bench. I am very down on Kalinic lately and he doesn't deserve to play for the NT at this point
 

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I'd go with this lineup, but I know for sure Bilic would never use it, it seems he doesn't like experimenting even in friendly matches yet alone qualifiers

Subasic
Corluka - Krizanac - Knezevic - Pranjic
Srna - Vukojevic - Rakitic - Modric
Petric - Mandzukic

Try to play Klasnic, Ilicevic off the bench. I am very down on Kalinic lately and he doesn't deserve to play for the NT at this point
like that lineup but like u said our coaches never like to experiment in friendlies let alone qualifers in which we play a team which we should beat by 5 goals..
 

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i think thats too offensive. we definively need more support at the back. you saw today our defenders made some big mistakes and it always looked dangerous when sheva got the ball and ran down the pitch.

andorrans come from mountain, they are used to the thinner air so when they come to lower grounds like croatia the extra air gives them extra energy.

therefore something like

plete
corluka - krizanac - vejic - simunic - pranjic
srna - n. kovac - j. leko - dekica
olic

is the way to go
:thumbsup:. Great lineup!
 

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like that lineup but like u said our coaches never like to experiment in friendlies let alone qualifers in which we play a team which we should beat by 5 goals..
Remember when Herr Otto called up every Croatian player on the planet to play in a couple of friendlies? I wish Mr. "tejkitize" would do the same.
 

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It's going to be an ugly game. Andorra packing the penalty box with nine players and all our chances will likely come from crosses, freekicks or long shots... Russia barely beat them 1-0, England had a hard time getting by 2-0, Belorus even conceded against them 3-1. If we want to beat them 5.6.7-0 then we have to play our best line-up. That means keep Olic off the pitch.:)
 
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