Hey All, Sorry to be late to start this thread, although I am surprised nobody has started one already. So here are the groups: Group A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg Group B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra Group C: Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino Group D: Wales, Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia Group E: Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan Group F: England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta Group G: Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, Liechtenstein Group H: Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus, Gibraltar Group I (Group of Death): Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Kosovo So these are my predictions for each group: Group A: I think its safe to say that France will win this group. They are really above all other times by quite a bit, especially considering the crisis that both the Netherlands and Sweden are facing. I must say that second place will be fought between Netherlands and Sweden, and I am honestly having a serious hard time picking one. They both suck if you ask me. Ibrahimovic has retired so that will be one huge less threat Sweden will have. Robben is extremely injury prone and the question is, can he stay healthy? Also Bulgaria is not a team to be underestimated and can be good on their day especially at home. Bulgaria might steal some points off of some of the bigger teams. We will get a really good idea tomorrow, but for now since Strootman is back from injury, and there is still a chance Robben will be able to help the Netherlands, I will back Netherlands to take second place. Sweden is just extremely weak even with ZLATAN, so imagine how much weaker without him. 1. France to Qualify, 2. Netherlands to the Playoff Group B: Before Euro 2016, I think we all thought that Portugal and Switzerland would ease this group, but after watching Hungary, I think they could surprise a few. Portugal won Euro 2016 though, and I see a lot of promising talent coming: Renato Sanches and Andre Gomes are huge ones, and of course we still can't forget that Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world. I think Portugal has this group in the bag, and winning Euro 2016 is definitely gonna boost their confidence. Switzerland has a really good defense, but seems to struggle in attack. Hungary will definitely cause problems for the Swiss and I see them having a hard time breaking Hungary down. However I think Switzerland will do just enough to reach the playoffs. 1. Portugal to Qualify, 2. Switzerland to the Playoff Group C: Now again, I am pretty confident Germany has this group in the bag. They are a step up from all other teams, and maybe they are not the 2014 Germany who won the world cup, but they still have world class players, and usually perform better in the World Cup compared to the European Cup. Also we can tell that they are still a world class team from that classy 3-0 win away to Norway last night. Now the fight for second place will be between Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. I think a lot of this will depend on the health of Thomas Rosicky who is a huge key player for the Czechs. Both teams appear to have a great defense, and can be good on their day. Also Czech Republic is the kind of team that does well against great teams but can flop against teams they are favorites against. They drew last night, and I actually watched that game. To be honest though I just have this feeling that the Czechs will drop some points against Norway, but Northern Ireland will beat Norway twice. I am also not very confident that Rosicky will be healthy for all the big games, so I think Northern Ireland will just edge this due to superior tactics, and make the playoffs. 1. Germany to Qualify, 2. Northern Ireland to the Playoff Group D: Now this is a very tough group to call. Wales seemed impressive in Euro 2016, but to be fair they had an easy group, and were not challenged that much. They did beat Belgium which is not something to be overlooked, but Belgium was managed horribly, and very disorganized. I LITERALLY have no idea what to expect from Serbia. They are very inconsistent. Austria are mediocre at best, and are not that good of a team. Republic of Ireland can be really strong at home, but away from home they are ok. So here is what I think: Wales do have Bale, Ramsey, and Williams, and I think thats enough to get through this group. Wales will win this group but not comfortably, they will scrape through. Republic of Ireland seem to have a good coach that is capable of upsetting any team in this group, and I think they will get the better of Serbia, and Austria, and reach the playoffs. 1. Wales to Qualify, 2. Republic of Ireland to the Playoff Group E: Again this group is not too easy to call, however I have a strong feeling on how this group will end. The only thing is that Kazakhstan is capable of taking points from any team at home because of the conditions, and it showed vs Poland yesterday. I am extremely confident though that Poland are the team to beat in this group, and the likes of Milik, Lewandowski, and Blaszczykowski are definitely enough to win this group comfortably. The draw against Kazakhstan was just a wake up call. Denmark and Romania will both take points of each other and will likely struggle against Montenegro and Kazakhstan as well. Also Armenia does have Mkhitaryan who is not a player to be underestimated. No team here will reach the playoffs because they just aren't consistent enough, and the worst second placed team will be in this group, especially with Kazakhstan on the rise. 1. Poland to Qualify Group F: Before yesterday, I was having a little doubts about England winning this group, but since their toughest game was arguably yesterday against Slovakia away and they were able to nick 3 points, I think they will win this group ok. Slovenia and Scotland will also give England problems, but the young talent England have will prove to be too much for the other teams. Slovakia have a great team, but the problem is age and a lot of their players cannot keep up with the pace of the game. Slovenia is so so. Scotland don't seem like a big threat at all to me. I'll say England to win this group, and Slovakia to reach the playoffs. 1. England to Qualify, 2. Slovakia to the Playoff Group G: Before I start with this, I just would like to say that Albania do have a good coach and did extremely well to reach Euro 2016 and even get three points against Romania. However a number of Albanian players will be moving to the Kosovo National Team since Kosovo became a FIFA Member, which will weaken Albania. So other than that the real question is who will qualify automatically, and who will reach the playoffs. Spain and Italy are both great teams. They also both have new managers. To tell you the truth, Italy are superior in defense and midfield, while both have promising young players in attack. The difference is that Spain's bench has extreme talent, that Italy's bench doesn't have. However according to the superstition this appears to be a good era for the Italians, and their young talent seems really promising to back it up. I think Ventura is another really good tactical manager and will be able to out-coach the Spaniards at least in the home leg which will send Italy to qualify, and Spain will reach the playoffs. Both teams will dominate the rest of the group comfortably. 1. Italy to Qualify, 2. Spain to the Playoff Group H: De Javu. This group is really de javu. Belgium, Bosnia, and Cyprus were all in the same group in Euro 2016 Qualifiers, while Greece was with Bosnia in 2014 world cup qualification. So despite the problems Belgium are having, this group is easy enough for them to win comfortably. The likes of Hazard, De Bruyne, Nainggolan, and many other players are enough to handle this group even without a game plan, although their new manager MIGHT be better. Bosnia and Greece will be fighting for second place, but Greece did collapse in Euro 2016 qualifying, and I think Bosnia-Herzegovina will get the better out of them. Bosnia are also is some sort of shambles but they aren't as bad as Greece. 1. Belgium to Qualify, 2. Bosnia-Herzegovina to the Playoff Group I: This is definitely the GROUP OF DEATH. Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, and Turkey were all part of Euro 2016. I must say that Ukraine seem to be a joke of a team. Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko are good players, but they always seem to fail to communicate and the team always seem to fail to get the quality of those players in to the game. Fomenko sucked tactically, but they have a new manager now. However I don't think it will be enough, because the group is tough, and both Iceland and Turkey are better tactically. Croatia should win this group without a doubt. They seem to be a growing team, and they have the likes of Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Perisic, and Corluka. Pjaca also seems to be very promising at a young age. I think Iceland will slightly edge second place over Turkey, because Turkey always seems to be scared at the back in defense, and Iceland just have the confidence from Euro 2016 and the team knows each other very well. 1. Croatia to Qualify, 2. Iceland to the Playoff So those are my predictions. What do you all think? I'll be back later, but I have to watch some of these qualifiers now.