Wednesday 18 October 2017

Here are the results Ireland need to boost World Cup qualification hopes tonight

Permutations are a complex business.

And trying to dissect exactly what Ireland need to ensure we are one of the best eight runners up is head spinning.

You can read what needs to happen over the next six days here, but let's take it one step at a time.

Here is what we want tonight.

GROUP C

Northern Ireland v Germany (Heavy defeat for Northern Ireland)

GROUP E

Armenia v Poland - Poland win

Montenegro v Denmark - Draw

GROUP F

England v Slovenia - England win

Scotland v Slovakia - Scotland win

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Here is a more in-depth look at how we stand

If we win our last two games, we need the following results.

GROUP H

FIXTURES

SAT, OCT 7

Bosnia v Belgium

Gibraltar v Estonia

Cyprus v Greece

TUES, OCT 10

Belgium v Cyprus

Estonia v Bosnia

Greece v Gibraltar

WHAT WE NEED

Bosnia take four points from last two games in Group H against Belgium and Estonia

Greece drop points in Cyprus in Group H

GROUP F:

FIXTURES

THURSDAY, OCT 5

England v Slovenia

Malta v Lithuania

Scotland v Slovakia

SUN, OCT 8

Lithuania v England

Slovakia v Malta

Slovenia v Scotland

WHAT WE NEED

Slovakia lose to Scotland

Scotland draw with Slovenia OR Slovenia beat Scotland but fail to beat England

There are also possibilities of hauling in the second place finishers in groups A, C, E but for any of those scenarios to arise, we need the following:

GROUP A:

FIXTURES

SAT, OCT 7

Sweden v Luxembourg

Belarus v Holland

Bulgaria v France

TUES, OCT 10

France v Belarus

Luxembourg v Bulgaria

Holland v Sweden

WHAT WE NEED

Sweden v Luxembourg to finish in an away win, draw or one-goal home win. The likelyhood however is that Sweden will rack up a few goals here. If they fail to do so, we need Holland to beat Sweden by two goals.

GROUP C:

FIXTURES

THURS, OCT 5

Azerbaijan v Czech Republic

Northern Ireland v Germany

San Marino v Norway

SUN, OCT 8

Czech Republic v San Marino

Germany v Azerbaijan

Norway v Northern Ireland

WHAT WE NEED

Germany to beat Northern Ireland

Norway to beat Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland to lose their +6 goal difference advantage on Ireland in those two games

GROUP E:

FIXTURES

THURS, OCT 5

Armenia v Poland

Montenegro v Denmark

Romania v Kazakhstan

SUN, OCT 8

Denmark v Romania

Kazakhstan v Armenia

Poland v Montenegro

WHAT WE NEED:

Montenegro to beat Denmark

Poland to beat Montenegro by a few goals

Romania to beat or draw with Denmark away

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