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England are going to South Africa

Posted by Jarv on September 11, 2009

England are going to South Africa, but then again you all knew that, unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week. Sadly for the other home nations World cup hopes crumbled on Wednesday night.

Wales were never going to go in a group with Russia and Germany especially with Toshack in charge, You have to wonder how one group has Germany an Russia and there is a group with Greece and Switzerland  who are the toughest teams, seems a little unbalanced, then again thats the impression UEFA & FIFA give me most of the time anyway.

Scotland needed 3 points at home to Holland or at the very least a point and hope the other 2nd places didn’t manage to beat their 11 points, Unfortunately they were un-done by a bad back header. Scotland had their chances and were let down by some Heskey-esque finishing from their strikers.

Northern Ireland have surprised a lot of people in this qualification process and i hope their jump in the rankings gives them a better chance of making it to Poland and Ukraine next time around because even if they beat the Czechs next time up its a long shot for Slovenia to lose to San Marino

The Republic of Ireland have the best chance to at least claim a second place spot with 2 home games left, they could still win the group but will need to beat Italy on 10th October and then Montenegro on the 14th and hope Italy lose at home to Cyprus, Thats not likely but 3 points will guarantee them a play off i believe.

So onto England, England destroyed a good, if weakened, Croatia team who beat us convincingly 2 years ago. The Capello factor cannot be understated and every time i see a press conference he impresses me, all but banning the WAG’s from south africa only allowing them to see the players for a couple of hours after each match will hopefully stop them going out there for a holiday. the England team seems to have belief in itself and Capello went barmy when we conceeded to make it 4-1, this i like. We should be in for a good tournament and realistically the Quarter finals should be an Expectation and anything better would be a great achievement.

I expect Capello to keep everyone grounded but i also think he will be going to South Africa next june with the aim of com ing back World champions.

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Mystic Jarv – International Saturday Edition 05/09

Posted by Jarv on September 5, 2009

I had a good week with the results last weekend with 9 out of 10 correct and 1 fully correct score so I’ve had a go at some of the International games this Saturday.

England V Slovenia

England have looked much better under Capello than at anytime in a long while, I have much more confidence than at anytime under Mclaren or Sven, Sven had a great record  but Capello just seems to have the right attitude, no-one gets picks because of their name they have to prove them selves, which is unfortunate if your name is Michael Owen.

Mystic Jarv Predicts 3-0 to England

England V Slovenia Match Discussion

Scotland V  Macedonia

Scotland need a win in this game or their play off hopes are gone, against Norway they looked poor after the sending off after being marginally the better team before hand. Caldwell deserved to go you can’t pull back a player as the last man when you’ve just been booked. Scotland might feel aggrieved that Norway weren’t down to 10 before them though as Riise could have been given a straight red for either nasty challenge he did and was lucky to only be booked for one of them. There is a bit of s siege mentality with the Scotland squad and anything less than a win here when Holland is next up will surely cost Burley his job.

Mystic Jarv predicts 2-1 to Scotland

Scotland Vs  Macedonia Match Discussion

Poland V Northern Ireland

Who’d have thought Northern Ireland would have a realistic chance of winning a group with Slovakia, Slovenia , Poland and the Czech Republic in it, not me for one. I would have predicted a mid table finish would have been most likely but it shows what i know.  Nigel Worthington’s men have 3 tough games left Poland and the Czech republic away and current group leaders Slovakia away and winning all 3 should win them the group despite Slovakia having a game in hand. That being said Poland is a tough place to go.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-1 draw

Poland V Northern Ireland Match Discussion

Cyprus V Republic of Ireland

Revenge is not the main motivation for losing in Cyprus last time, really? it would be if i were manager, I would want to go out and win handsomely, but there you go Giovanni Trapattoni is a well respected manager with a lot of Medals, I’m some bloke sat at a compute. Anyway i believe Eire will be too strong for Cyprus

Mystic Jarv Predicts 1-3 to the Republic of Ireland

Cyprus V Republic of Ireland Match Discussion

and the other big match happening in South America,

Argentina 2 V 4 Brazil

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