Friday, October 8, 2010

Live - Euro 2012 qualifiers


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By Chris Bevan

1849: Scotland, who let's face it were far from convincing in their last Group I outing, when they scraped a last-gasp win over Liechtenstein, have a much bigger test ahead of them against the Czech Republic (1915 KO). The Scots have got a new man involved too, with in-form QPR striker Jamie Mackie leading the line for them in Prague in place of Kenny Miller.

1847: I know this is internationals night, but here's some news for you: Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has just signed a new five-year contract at St James' Park. I'm pretty sure that Magpies fans will be happy with that.

1844: It's a big night for Wales caretaker boss Brian Flynn, with his side taking on Bulgaria (KO at 1930 BST) in his first match in charge. Flynn's named a new captain, Swansea defender Ashley Williams, in the absence of Craig Bellamy and has promised a fresh attacking approach too. With the way Group G is shaping up, Wales are badly in need of a win to keep their hopes of reaching Poland and Ukraine alive even at this ridiculously early stage (they have only played one game). England, who currently sit atop the table, will watch their neighbours - and Montenegro v Switzerland - with interest.

1841: What's going on then? Lots and lots. For a start, all the home nations apart from England are in action tonight - and even they are not completely left out because Stuart Pearce's Under-21 side are playing Romania at Carrow Road in the first leg of their Euro 2011 play-off. That one kicks off at 1930 BST.

1837 BST: Hello folks, have you got that Friday football feeling? Me too, because I know what the next few hours have in store for all of us. A whole host of Euro 2012 qualifying action, that's what. Stay right here, because this is going to be good...

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