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Where is Luca in his short sleeved shirt when you need him most! It's going to be cold out there, last time Just reported in to SHED END HQ he swore blind he has seen brass monkeys wandering around with welding kits.

A very fine chance of securing our place in the knock out phases and so all to play for. A win and we are there or if we draw and valencia fail to beat Schalke we are also there. However equally Rosenborg can secure their place in the knock out phase with a win or with a draw if Schalke fail to beat Valencia.

Clearly Rosenborg have been the surprise package with a draw at the bridge and the back to back wins against Valencia however lets not forget that in that draw at the Bridge we could arguably have won by 4 or 5 goals. However the weather is going to be a major factor.

Nobody is suspended however we are still missing players through injury (anyone know the latest on Didier?) Malouda will surely be back in at least the sixteen and I would not be surprised if he started. If DD is fit I can see Sheva dropping to the bench and us going with the 4-5-1 approach.

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Before ur game against them at the Bridge I was sure that we would win and win big. We should have won big but we didn't play that well and failed to score on the chances we got.

We were unlucky but wasn't that good either.

I'm much more apprehensive about this one. First of all Rosenborg has proved themselves to be a very tricky team. Valencia might not be at their best at the moment but beating them away by two goals to nil is quite a feat.

At home Rosenborg are strong and I think the weather might cause us some problems. On the other hand, England isn't the warmest f*cking country on earth so I would be very surprised if the players couldn't cope with some cold weather and some snow.

Still, they will have to work hard to win this one.

If we play like we did this weekend we're royaly f*cked. We need to play much better to win this one.

I really want three points tomorrow. Let's finish this off so that we can relax a bit later on.

However, I wouldn't mind seing Rosenborg go through.

Will be a very interesting game for sure.

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I think we will win. We just need to score that first goal early in the game so they will have to open their game. Our sidebacks will be in a big role in this one. If we concede too much cornerkicks or freekicks they will put one or two behind us.

They are not able to score from a normal attack, they need corners or freekicks to score. And I bet that is the tactic they will be using against us. They will defend with all players and try to create those situations with odd counter attacks.

I'm hoping they feel all the pressure since it looks so good for them right now.

We need to focus really hard early on to score that goal.

I predict 3-0 for us (if there is blizzard or a lot of snow on the pitch i have no idea of the outcome)

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According to one forecast, it's gonna be -3 degrees celcius during the match. Partly cloudy with a small chance of snow on wednesday. Although the forecast does suggest it's most likely the snow will come during the night or early in the wednesday morning.

Doesn't sound all that bad to be honest.

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I think we will win. We just need to score that first goal early in the game so they will have to open their game. Our sidebacks will be in a big role in this one. If we concede too much cornerkicks or freekicks they will put one or two behind us.

They are not able to score from a normal attack, they need corners or freekicks to score. And I bet that is the tactic they will be using against us. They will defend with all players and try to create those situations with odd counter attacks.

I'm hoping they feel all the pressure since it looks so good for them right now.

We need to focus really hard early on to score that goal.

I predict 3-0 for us (if there is blizzard or a lot of snow on the pitch i have no idea of the outcome)

Welcome to Trondheim tomorrow, everyone! The weather recently has been around nill degrees and it will probably be like that tomorrow with no snow and a very hard ground, so I don't think that the weather will have any impact on the game.

As for our style of play, you couldn't be more wrong. If you had watched us against Schalke or Valencia, you would know that we never base our play on set pieces or long passes. The better opponent, the harder it is to play well, but Rosenborg always try to build up attacks on the ground and with quick and short passes directed always forward. That's how we beat Valencia at Mestailla and that's how we will try to play tomorrow. I've got a very bad feeling about the game though. RBK haven't played a game since three weeks ago, and even though we are at home, we are playing one of the top 10 teams in Europe. I just hope the Rosenborg-players show real commitment and try their hardest. I will accept us losing, as long as we do so with pride. Everyone expected us to finish last with 0 points anyways, as did I actually, but I very much enjoyed the games up until now, and I have no expectations for points in the last two games anyway. But my oh my how I hope we can surprise again! :)

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I always thought Rosenborg could get something at Stamford Bridge when they came because we were going through such a bad patch with injuries and key players just seemingly unable to put the ball into the back of the net. I also was not convinced by everyone saying Rosenborg because they had been out of the competition for so long were substandard and could be easily beaten.

They got lucky from a set piece and then held us off and they deserved the result they got even though if our strike force had been on song we could have probably beaten them, I do not see it as any kind of humiliation for us looking at the way they have performed in the group. They played the way they knew they had to play. They have been the real surprise of the competition so far I think for many. They have deserved the results they have got so far, impressive beating Valencia home and away without conceding a single goal, I wonder if we will be able to boast the same?

But then they fell to Schalke 2-0 at home so they can obviously have their bad days too.

I don't know what to make of this game, the weather will be bad and there is just as much for Rosenborg to play for as us. It will be one of those games where we will either easily beat them about 3-0 or they will beat us or there will be a dull, scrappy, hard fought draw.

Grant's honeymoon period results wise still seems to be going strong whether we play expansive football or not so that coupled with our improved form, despite injuries, I favour a 2-0 victory.

Meanwhile the old prayer mat will be out at the same time hoping that Porto give Rafa a right and proper send off that he so richly deserves. 128.gif

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I predict 3-0 for us

Very optimistic... not saying that can't happen but IMO a draw wouldn't be the worst result. Rosenborg haven't been the pushovers people thought they might be (turned out to be Valencia icon_lol.gif ).

About the weather... if we're going to put in players who will be able to adapt to the cold better, the English lads should do fine, especially Terry, even without sleeves and gloves. Which means Joey and Lamps too should be in. Somehow I feel like Bridgey will lose focus more than Ashley would in those conditions... also, stands to reason the African boys will find the going tougher. Sometimes I wish we still had a couple of good Scandinavians...

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Avram Grant:

"I remember the first game against Rosenborg and the stadium was half empty, the fans booed the players at half-time and that was unusual. I didn't like it. We drew against a team that with all due respect we should have beaten."

“The team is much better than two months ago. We play better football, create more chances, pass the ball well and are patient when we need to be. With the way I see football, we’re on the right way.â€

Did the fans boo the players? And the half empty stadium wouldn't happen to have been possibly because of the sky high ticket prices and the fact it was Rosenborg and the opening game of the campaign by any chance?

Yes I think we get it by now Avram. 691.gif Whilst you manage to get your ever so unsubtle dig in yet again icon_rolleyes.gif at how you have managed to rescue us all from the dire predicament you found the team in after Mourinho had left and we have you to thank for our new found nirvana, can I just point out that there is going to come a time when those words are going to come back to bite you on the arse if not now then later - actually you could say they already have against Everton!

I bet Schalke were thinking the same thing about us a few weeks back too. icon_wink.gif

Fergie, Wenger and Rafa have all had games where they have failed to beat teams they should have thrashed easily but for some reason didn't - sh*t happens and it will happen to you too.

With any luck we can qualify tomorrow icon_lol.gif

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Callista

quote "I don't know what to make of this game, the weather will be bad and there is just as much for Rosenborg to play for as us. It will be one of those games where we will either easily beat them about 3-0 or they will beat us or there will be a dull, scrappy, hard fought draw.

bet the bookies shut up shop when they see you comming down the road icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif hope your not wrong icon_wink.gif

Callista

Did the fans boo the players? And the half empty stadium wouldn't happen to have been possibly because of the sky high ticket prices and the fact it was Rosenborg and the opening game of the campaign by any chance?

yep, that and we had been playing some not too enthusing stuff, and most expected an easy win but ticket prices never helped.

Yes I think we get it by now Avram. Whilst you manage to get your ever so unsubtle dig in yet again at how you have managed to rescue us all from the dire predicament you found the team in after Mourinho had left and we have you to thank for our new found nirvana, can I just point out that there is going to come a time when those words are going to come back to bite you on the arse if not now then later - actually you could say they already have against Everton!

Avram doesn't actually read this forum, icon_lol.gif

I bet Schalke were thinking the same thing about us a few weeks back too.

Fergie, Wenger and Rafa have all had games where they have failed to beat teams they should have thrashed easily but for some reason didn't - sh*t happens and it will happen to you too.

wasn't that my argument when we only managed a slim victory against Bolton or Derby for that matter,

With any luck we can qualify tomorrow and he can bask in the glory of getting us there and finally stop the barbed comments - although I doubt he will.

I hope he doesn't, he's a wicked and nasty man for tainting the memory of his predesessor but nice men we all know dont get respected.

As for the weather in Norway, most of our boys are made of tough stuff and I'm sure they will not be too unduly bothered - it will not be a picnic by any means but the team has always been physically and mentally strong so hopefully any bad weather will not effect them unduly. The African lads had better just put on an extra pair of gloves and underwear though just to make sure.

maybe they might even run about a bit, that might work,

I hope Grant freezes his nuts off! thats it you get behind the manager in this meaningless and unimportant game actions1.gif

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Welcome to Trondheim tomorrow, everyone! The weather recently has been around nill degrees and it will probably be like that tomorrow with no snow and a very hard ground, so I don't think that the weather will have any impact on the game.

As for our style of play, you couldn't be more wrong. If you had watched us against Schalke or Valencia, you would know that we never base our play on set pieces or long passes. The better opponent, the harder it is to play well, but Rosenborg always try to build up attacks on the ground and with quick and short passes directed always forward. That's how we beat Valencia at Mestailla and that's how we will try to play tomorrow. I've got a very bad feeling about the game though. RBK haven't played a game since three weeks ago, and even though we are at home, we are playing one of the top 10 teams in Europe. I just hope the Rosenborg-players show real commitment and try their hardest. I will accept us losing, as long as we do so with pride. Everyone expected us to finish last with 0 points anyways, as did I actually, but I very much enjoyed the games up until now, and I have no expectations for points in the last two games anyway. But my oh my how I hope we can surprise again! :)

I'm not saying you will throw long balls to your strikers. You can play short passes going forward and still defend with 11 the rest of the time(what I think will happen), but I think you will try to come from the wings and try to give hard time to our sidebacks. When you get cornerkicks or freekicks they are pretty much the only places I can see you score. There is a small chance Iversen will score in the end of a normal attack, since he's an old T*ttenh*m cun..sorry, player.

I watched the both games you played against finnish side TamU and in those games you didn't impress me that much. This is why I'm sceptical about your chances against us.

You have been great so far, but I think this is just not going to be your day.

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Probably the best away game I have ever been to was Tromso. Fantastic little town, amazing flying over the fjords, snow up to our knees, a friend ate whale lasagne in the pub, beer was something like a fiver a pint, great shops selling hunting knives and traps, pitch black at 2.30pm, snow on the pitch and kids with brooms trying to keep the lines clear, Dennis in short sleeves, some nutters in bare chests behind the goal, meeting the team at the Radisson before the game, my kiss from Dennis icon_redface.gif, effing cold day out!

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My team for tonight:

Carlo

Beletti

Alex

JT

Bridge

Maka

Essien

Lampard

J. Cole

Drogba

Kalou

Subs: Hilario, Ben Haim, Sidwell, Mikel, Pizarro, Sheva, SWP.

I think we'll sneak a 1-0 win tonight, with Lampard or Drogba getting the goal.

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Yes, all very jolly-jolly before the match with tales of Tromso and Vialli but lets see if the guys put a decent shift in before we start laughin' it up! I may be the most miserable c**t on the planet at the moment but I expect to be joined by a few more of you come the end of next month. Remember you read it here first - the bubble that Jose inflated is about to make a big "POP!" and leave The Farm Grunt with egg all over his toothless face! As for tonight I expect us to win, as I'd expect The Arse, Liverfool, Milan, Manyoo or any other top CL club to do....but I doubt it'll be with any conviction or style.

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0-0 and were thru, 1 point and we qualify. Don't concede and we've done it.

All simple on paper, but watching Grant's teams defend leaves alot to be desired. Camping on the edge of our box for 90 mins does not constitute to relolute or confident defending.

Clean sheet and we're thru, lets be professional first and foremost!

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And if we're 1-0 down going into the last 10 minutes I wonder if we'll push JT to play up front and hoof long balls up there?

Ah, the good old days....................................

Surely not Avi 'the entertainer' Grant. 317.gif

When needs must - you do what you have to. Don't concede and we're thru, simple as that isn't it Avi?

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