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Knockout stage qualification

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Moyes has said it was a great performance from us and he HOPES we qualify. As far as I can work out Everton have definitely qualified.

There are ten games in the group, which means a maximum of 30 points are up for grabs if every game is won. But AZ and Zenit drew, so there is a maximum of 28 points up for grabs.

If Everton already have 6 points, there are only 22 points left for other four sides. 22 divided by four is an average of 5 and a half. Therefore Everton will definitely finish in the top three and qualify for the knockout rounds.
Simon Matthews, Liverpool     Posted 09/11/2007 at 09:02:22

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Michael Kenrick
Methinks your point has merit, but your maths stink! ;) Nice idea though...
Gerard Madden
1   Posted 09/11/2007 at 13:25:37

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To be honest even if we had of drew last night I would’ve been confident of finishing in the top 3 thus qualification, the 3 points just confirms it for me and now the battle is on to finish top - great times.
Jeremy Beadle
2   Posted 09/11/2007 at 13:27:12

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Your maths definitely does stink.

In all likelihood, 7 points is going to be needed to guarantee qualification. Some wags last night were pointing out that the bottom two teams on 0, and goal difference, meant everton have qualified. What they failed to understand, was that Nuremberg have only played 1 match, thus could still finish on 9 points, and above everton.

I would still expect larissa to win their last two games against easier opposition, and nuremberg to possibly pick up 2 wins also. So I fear that 6 points is not enough and we need to press on.
Dan Sedlak
3   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:37:09

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What about:

Larissa lose there next 2 - finish on 0 pts
We lose our two - 6 pts
Nurnberg beat ZSP and Larissa, draw with AZ - 7pts
ZSP beat us and lose to Nurnberg - 7 pts
AZ beat Larissa and us, draw with Nurnberg - 8 pts

Therefore we can finish 4th BUT only if we lose both AND Larissa lose both.

One more point and we’re there. We’re probably there anyway, as I can’t see Nurnberg avoiding defeat to AZ and ZSP.
Brian Hill
4   Posted 09/11/2007 at 16:02:45

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How’s this: Everton beat Zenit and AZ as easily as we’ve beaten the other two teams? Top of the group, bring on Villarreal!!

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