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Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:12 pm

With 6 EL group games coming up I thought it might be interesting to keep track of what the oppostion are up to.

Firstly, here's how they got here in the first place:
Molde qualified for the 2020-21 Champions League by winning the 2019 Eliteserien, finished 14 points clear of the field. They hammered Finnish champions KuPS 5-0 at home in the first qualifying round, and won 2-1 away to Dundalk's conquerors Celje in the second round. In the third qualifying round they drew 0-0 away to Qarabag and won 6-5 on pens to qualify for the Champions League playoff round. They played Hungairan champions Ferencvaros and lost out on away goals after drawing 3-3 at home and 0-0 away to drop into the Europa League.
Arsenal qualified directly for the group stage by winning the English FA Cup.
Rapid Vienna qualified for the non-champions section of the Champions League qualifiers as Austrian runners-up in 2019-20 (12 points behind RB Salzburg). They won 1-0 at Croatian runners-up Lokomotiva Zagreb then lost 2-1 away to Belgian runners-up Gent and dropped into the Europa League groups.

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by El Paso » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:44 am

The Molde-Celje result is the one you'd look to for a guide of what's possible. Celje were poor on the night and we absolutely gifted them the win.

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:03 pm

Mesut Ozil left out of the Arsenal EL squad and looks to be on his way out..... if they can find someone to pay his $400K+ per week salary. That's 20m squids on the annual salary of one player folks, who is surplus to requirements, in case we're under any illusion as to how big Arsenal are.

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by Wexford White » Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:08 pm

seand wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:03 pm
Mesut Ozil left out of the Arsenal EL squad and looks to be on his way out..... if they can find someone to pay his $400K+ per week salary. That's 20m squids on the annual salary of one player folks, who is surplus to requirements, in case we're under any illusion as to how big Arsenal are.
I'm scared..........................
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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by Louth4sam » Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:16 pm

It's still pretty surreal we're talking about a player like Mesut Ozel in a match thread. Especially after when it looked like the arse was falling out of the season
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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:41 pm

This is the Arsenal line-up for the Carabao Cup game at Liverpool recently- so their fourth biggest competition. Look at that bench!!!
1 Leno
17 Cédric Soares
16 Holding
6 dos Santos
31 Kolasinac
8 Ceballos
34 Xhaka
7 Saka
28 Willock
30 Nketiah
subs
3 Tierney
9 Lacazette
13 Rúnarsson
15 Maitland-Niles
23 David Luiz
24 Nelson
25 Elneny

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by holidaysong » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:06 pm

A lot of talent there and David Luiz.

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:21 am

No league matches in Norway this weekend with the international break, so a quick catch up on Molde. They currently sit third in the table, 1 point behind Rosenborg and a mile behind runaway leaders Bodo/Glimt. Realistically they are 5 teams battling for 2 EL spots. Interesting to note that Molde's league form suffered dramatically during their Euro exploits. Presumably, like Dundalk, they were very much focused on Europe. They are 12-1-7 in the league, but lost 3 in a row in the midst of their Euro games....
CL beat KuPS home
beat Odd home
CL beat CElje away
lost Viking
CL beat Qarabag pens
lost Valerenga
CL drew FTC home
lost Sandefjord
CL drew FTC away
won at Brann

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:15 am

Rapid win 5 1 away to a second division side in the cup. Arsenal beaten 1 0 at Man City. Molde had a great win, 4 2 at home to runaway leaders Bodo Glimt- their first defeat of the season

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:46 am

Very strange watching Arsenal on Match of the Day thinking about how Garts will deal with Aubameyang

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by paul1 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:47 am

Goals from Molde’s 4-2 win over Bodo/Glimt last night
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nULZtLWPCy8

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by seand » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:27 am

Molde beat Stronsgodset 2-1 at home to stay second.... conclusion: a fine away win against the mighty Dundalk has filled them with confidence

Rapid laboured to a 4-3 win at Wolsberger, 2-0 up 3-2 down won 4-3, to stay second with 13 pts from 15..... conclusion: their defence is sh1te, they're there for the taking

Arsenal beaten 1-0 at home by Leicester.... conclusion: they're sh1te and they're there for the taking

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by El Paso » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:53 pm

Rapid Vienna’s two defeats have me thinking there’s a potential result there...

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by Sneachta » Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:52 am

Not sure EP. They scored against arsenal that played a stronger team (including subs) than against us. In saying that, they only lost 1-0 to Molde, which would suggest they closer to Molde standard than we would think. It's a possibility though and was thinking the same myself when I saw the Molde result.

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Re: Europa League opposition watch

Post by Shoco » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:21 am

Sneachta wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:52 am
Not sure EP. They scored against arsenal that played a stronger team (including subs) than against us. In saying that, they only lost 1-0 to Molde, which would suggest they closer to Molde standard than we would think. It's a possibility though and was thinking the same myself when I saw the Molde result.

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did you see the goal they got against arsenal though? howler from the keeper

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