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Internationals Saturday

Straby
11-11-2005, 04:14 PM
Pounding the unders in Netherlands vs. Italy tomorrow.

Vieri out, Totti out, Van Nistelrooij out, Van Persie doubtfull, Castelen doubtfull. Enough for me to pound it @ 1.71.

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 02:12 PM
Czech Rep to win in Norway 2.50
England v Argentina to be a draw 3.10

Spain to beat Slovakia 1.40 (part of a parlay)

g35-great
11-12-2005, 03:02 PM
Czech Rep to win in Norway 2.50
England v Argentina to be a draw 3.10

Spain to beat Slovakia 1.40 (part of a parlay)

great minds think alike :) we both have the same thoughts and opinion in a lot of things related to soccer except u support the scummy spurs while i support the almighty ARSENAL

anyways i do have a medium bet on norway and small bet on 1 - 1 draw for england and a big bet on spain :p

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 03:09 PM
great minds think alike :) we both have the same thoughts and opinion in a lot of things related to soccer except u support the scummy spurs while i support the almighty ARSENAL

anyways i do have a medium bet on norway and small bet on 1 - 1 draw for england and a big bet on spain :p
I wouldn't have it any other way, I would have to kick my own ass if I supported Arsenal :p

When you say medium bet on Norway, are you saying you've backed them or Czech Republic?

g35-great
11-12-2005, 03:19 PM
ya my mistake i took Czech Republic

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 03:57 PM
Good luck to us both then :D

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 04:34 PM
Why are Czech priced so high? They've got a good team, last I remember anyway. They should clean Norway up. I'll take them on the 0 handicap.

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 04:36 PM
I agree SadrieL.

If Scotland can win in Norway, Czech Republic should have no probs.

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 04:37 PM
I'm taking over 2.5 (2.20) in Arg v Eng. Come on goals!

g35-great
11-12-2005, 04:39 PM
Preview and interview

Saturday 12 November 2005, 19:30CET
Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo
Norway v Czech Republic
First leg of the European Zone play-off for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™
Whichever way you look at the Norway-Czech Republic play-off, there is no disputing that Karel Bruckner's Czech side start as clear favourites. Top scorers in the European qualifying campaign and ranked third in the world, the UEFA EURO 2004 semi-finalists are on paper the strongest of the six play-off contenders from the Old Continent.

They won nine of their 12 matches to finish second behind the Netherlands in Group 1, and their tally of 12 goals from six qualifiers on foreign soil is double the number that Norway managed in their five home games. And while they travel to Oslo for Saturday's first leg without their leading scorer, the injured Jan Koller, the return of midfielder Pavel Nedved from 16 months' self-imposed exile offers a significant boost to a squad looking to make amends for losing to Belgium at this stage four years ago.




"I have a good feeling about Pavel's return," said coach Karel Bruckner of Juventus star Nedved, whose last appearance came in the semi-final defeat by Greece at UEFA EURO 2004. Nedved himself has said his return is for "only two games" but it is inconceivable to think the 33-year-old would not remain on board if the Czechs secured their first FIFA World Cup™ finals place since independence from Slovakia in the early 90s.
Norway, meanwhile, who are seeking a third finals appearance, are happy in their role of underdogs according to coach Age Hareide. Speaking from the squad's training camp in Denmark at the start of the week, he told reporters: "We are underdogs and I think that suits us well. Because if Norway are under pressure, then you can be sure the pressure on the Czechs is even greater."

Hareide described the differing pressures as a potential "trump card" for his team, although that tag could also apply to his main striker and the newly crowned Norwegian Player of the Year, John Carew. While the Czechs are without both Koller and his fellow lofty forward, Vratislav Lokvenc, Norway can look to the towering Carew, available again after missing the October victories over Moldova and Belarus and a player who, in Hareide's words, "ties people up and can create dangerous situations".

History and background
The Czechs' status as favourites is supported by a glance at the past meetings between these sides. Norway played the former Czechoslovakia twice and lost on both occasions, suffering 3-2 defeats in Bratislava in 1988 and in Oslo three years later. They subsequently faced the Czech Republic in qualifying for the 1996 European Championship and again came off worse.

Norway entered that qualifying campaign on the back of their debut FIFA World Cup finals appearance at USA 94 but missed out on a place at EURO 96 after a 1-1 draw with the Czechs in Oslo in August 1995 and a 2-0 reverse in Prague a month later. The Czechs, of course, went on to reach the final of EURO 96 the following summer and now Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Vladimir Smicer, veterans of that side, would love to make their mark on next year's finals in Germany fully ten years on.




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Norway breakdown:
If the Czechs are seeking to banish memories of their 2001 play-off defeat by Belgium, Norway themselves have a ghost to exorcise as they look to reach their first major finals since EURO 2000. Two years ago, the Scandinavians were beaten by Spain in a two-legged tussle for a place at EURO 2004, going down 2-1 in Valencia before a heavy 3-0 loss in Oslo.
Their home performance proved their undoing then and much could depend on the way they start this tie at the 25,000-capacity Ullevaal Stadium on Saturday. Although they defeated Moldova 1-0 in their most recent match in Oslo, Norway's form on their own ground has been less than convincing: they recorded just two wins from five Group 5 qualifiers and, as mentioned earlier, scored only six times.

Given their shortage of goals at home, Norway can scarcely afford to concede one themselves and Hareide will duly look for a strong performance in defence where young centre-back Brede Hangeland is expected to retain his place, despite captain Claus Lundekvam's return from injury. The spotlight will also be on the English-based John Arne Riise and Morten Gamst Pedersen, whose recent contributions have not met their usual high standards according to some observers.




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Czech Republic breakdown:
The absences of target men Koller and Lokvenc means Czech coach Bruckner must rethink his strategy and one suggestion is that Smicer may assume an attacking role in a five-man midfield, with Milan Baros operating alone up front. It could be a testing evening for Baros, the EURO 2004 top scorer, who has struggled with injury this season and managed just one league goal for Aston Villa, the club he joined in the summer.
On the plus side, Nedved always brings a goal threat and Bruckner should be able to call on central defender Tomas Galasek, who was missing for his club Ajax last weekend due to a hamstring problem, but is expected to be fit to mark Carew. Poborsky and David Rozehnal, who also have injury concerns, should be ready too by the time the Czechs land in Oslo on Friday.

Key battle:
Nedved's experience contrasts markedly with the youth of 21-year-old Kristofer Haestad, a player who has come into the Norway side this year and impressed with his tireless work in the centre of the pitch. The Start midfielder has the energy to match Nedved but trying to read his opponent's next move will test the youngster to the full.

The stakes:
Norway have struggled for goals at home and if this remains the case on Saturday, the key for the hosts will be not to lose one as they are confident they can score in the return in Prague on 16 November. Hareide concluded: "We almost always score in away matches and create many chances. It's one of our strengths." Denying the Czechs an away goal could be easier said than done, however, even with Koller missing.

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 04:42 PM
Its probably a good thing that Koller can't play :lol:

g35-great
11-12-2005, 04:43 PM
strikers are out injured for czech rep... and milan baros is gonna be a lone striker and they might play 4 -5 - 1 ... thats why this rate :)

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 04:43 PM
Tomas Rosicky is the main man :worship:

g35-great
11-12-2005, 04:46 PM
between where is the love for scotland adegee??? i dont see u getting involved for scots vs usa ???

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 04:58 PM
2 goals already ruled out in Eng v Arg with barely 10 minutes gone, did this damn ref bet on the unders?

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 05:15 PM
Rooney hits the post. Someone wants me to lose!

g35-great
11-12-2005, 05:19 PM
whats your bet?

and u should learn to relax if u bet on soccer (NOT FOR THE SOFT HEARTED)

g35-great
11-12-2005, 05:19 PM
argentina 11111111111111111111111

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 05:23 PM
And now it's 1-1. Overs should hit now unless this is some sort of awful torture to keep it at 2 goals.

g35-great
11-12-2005, 05:24 PM
england 11111111111111111111

lol now both u fuckers holdddddd no more goals :p

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 05:24 PM
whats your bet?

and u should learn to relax if u bet on soccer (NOT FOR THE SOFT HEARTED)

Over 2.5 goals. I have a love hate relationship with soccer betting. I love the sport. I hate betting on it.

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 05:32 PM
lol now both u fuckers holdddddd no more goals :p

noooo MORE GOALS!

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 05:34 PM
between where is the love for scotland adegee??? i dont see u getting involved for scots vs usa ???
We're both as bad as each other :o

adee-gee
11-12-2005, 05:35 PM
I'm happy with no more goals, I've got money on the draw in the England match :p

g35-great
11-12-2005, 05:35 PM
noooo MORE GOALS!


ya sadriel i have a very very small bet on correct score 1 - 1 in this match :p

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 05:59 PM
2-1, overs hits! :D

g35-great
11-12-2005, 05:59 PM
and my 12$ is gone :p

Straby
11-12-2005, 06:44 PM
That was the best international match ive seen in a long long time. 90 minutes of entertainment.

adk
11-12-2005, 06:55 PM
Well played England! Great to see some team spirit again... something that has been notably lacking of late.

Trindiad & Tobago to beat Bahrain

SadrieL
11-12-2005, 07:04 PM
Peter Crouch is Michael Owen's stepladder. Perfect striker pair.

$@M
11-12-2005, 07:09 PM
Great tactic again by Sven... took Ledley out and replace by J Cole to boost the attack... then he knows that the forwards couldn't hang on to the ball, so risked it by replacing Young (RB) with Crouch (FW) !!!

He opened up space for both Owen and Rooney when he hangs on to the ball, and take defenders away as well... He can't score, but i think he made some contribution to both late goals... The replay of that equaliser shows that there were 2 defenders on him when the cross came cuz, with his height, he's obviosuly the main target man... Great game overall...

Beckham played really well, and Rooney was very unlucky not to get a hat-trick. :yeah:

$@M
11-12-2005, 07:11 PM
Norway 0-1 Czech... 40 min gone... Norway can't score at home, so congrats on the Czech backers... :)

Straby
11-12-2005, 07:57 PM
Great tactic again by Sven...

Again? Ok, credits to his choices today, but ive seen him making some very strange subs in the past months. Very frustrating when you had money on them (like me). ;)

Straby
11-12-2005, 08:31 PM
Pounding the unders in Netherlands vs. Italy tomorrow.

Vieri out, Totti out, Van Nistelrooij out, Van Persie doubtfull, Castelen doubtfull. Enough for me to pound it @ 1.71.

Lol, everything was looking sweet till the 38th minute. But in the space of 7 mins they score 3 goals. :eek:

:sad:

adee-gee
11-13-2005, 04:53 PM
Czech Rep to win in Norway 2.50
England v Argentina to be a draw 3.10

Spain to beat Slovakia 1.40 (part of a parlay)
So close to a perfect day, why couldn't Owen have been happy with just one :(

Congrats to all Czech Rep backers :yeah: