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29 November

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Put that date in your diaries, because that is when the next round of Uefa Cup games is, and Everton could qualify for the last 32 without even playing!

Basically, if Nuremburg fail to beat Zenit St Petersburg away from home, and Larissa fail to beat AZ Alkmaar away from home then Everton are assured of qualifying for the next round.

If all else fails, then at least a draw in our next European match will assure us of qualifying for the next round.
Steve Flanagan, Liverpool     Posted 09/11/2007 at 11:55:45

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Andy Mckenzie
1   Posted 09/11/2007 at 13:46:36

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steve im not sure we play that date i think its december our next game, all clubs miss a round of games due to their being five teams in the group, 5th of december i think it is, and that will be the date we cement our place in the knockout stages.
Michael Kenrick
2   Posted 09/11/2007 at 13:50:44

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I think that’s his whole point, Andy. We may qualify on the basis of the 29 November results, without even playing!
Andy Mckenzie
3   Posted 09/11/2007 at 13:52:58

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ahh right, sorry mis-understood their steve, well that would superb if we could qualify without playing.
Anto Doran
4   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:01:02

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Larissa at home is next i think not sure of the date tho, Vic A to start alongside yakubu?? interesting partnership there one would feel!
Carol Vorderman
5   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:03:26

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I thought we’d already qualified.

10 games in the group, one drawn already means a maximum of 28 points up for grabs. We have six of them, so only an average of 5 and a half for the rest. We’ll definately finish 3rd won’t we?
Carol Vorderman
6   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:16:09

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No, I now understand Nuremburg, Zenit and AZ can all still all get 7 points.

Apologies, I got the maths wrong.
Anto Doran
7   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:20:31

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ill have 2 large ones and 500 small ones Carol!!!!!!
Tony Bell
8   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:21:11

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Anto, we have already beaten Larissa 3-1 at Goodison. Next up is Zenit at home followed by AZ away
Steve Williams
9   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:34:08

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Confusion reigns!

Can anyone imagine what state everyone will be in if we manage to win the thing!

We’ll all have to take a week off, close the cutains, stay away from machinery and anything electrical!
Steve Williams
10   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:38:24

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Now you’ve got me at it!

That should be curtains. Well let hope it is for the RS!
Dan Sedlak
11   Posted 09/11/2007 at 14:50:37

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Striclty speaking:

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.
Alex Naylor
12   Posted 09/11/2007 at 16:31:06

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We now need to top the group. In the next round the top placed teams play the teams finishing third whereas teams finishing second get the rather more challanging champions league knock-outs. Three more points and we should secure that making the path to the following round somewhat eaiser.
Matt Garen
13   Posted 09/11/2007 at 16:48:57

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Looking at the standard of the other teams, I think we will not only win the group, id be surprised if we even dropped any points. By the time we play ZSP, AJ and JV will be back, as will baines, and Cahill will be match fit.

If we can finish top there is no reason to believe any team scraping a 3rd place would trouble us in the next round. 1/4 finals would be a good start in our first proper season back in europe, then take it from there!
Chris Gill
14   Posted 09/11/2007 at 16:53:29

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If teams finish level points then it is decided by goal difference. If that is the same then goals scores followed by away goals.
Results against each do not count because, obviously, there is no home and away basis to judge fairly.
Tony P
15   Posted 09/11/2007 at 16:59:51

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Love the confidence - and I share it for topping the group.
One thought - I think our last UEFA group game is on 20th Dec.
Do we not play Manure on 22 Dec? Maybe we will be able to put out a few of our ’lesser’ players for the UEFA game, to keep the vital cogs fit for the league game.
COYB
Richard Porter
16   Posted 09/11/2007 at 17:15:39

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Man U game is on the 23rd, at noon.
Dave Roberts
17   Posted 09/11/2007 at 17:50:09

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Is there any advantage in finishing as high as possible in the group? How do the seedings work?
Dave Roberts
18   Posted 09/11/2007 at 17:52:24

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Dan Sedlak

Have you thought of phoning the Samaritans you miserable Git!? If your scenario comes to fruition I know I will!
Terry Smith
19   Posted 09/11/2007 at 21:54:59

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Say for example we win the group.Do we be classed as a no1 seed of the group to play a team that finished 3rd in theres??
If so what group would we play?

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