The European Championships Qualifiers come to a head for the Groups Stages (before the dreaded play-offs in November) this week.
A large number of countries still have the ability to qualify, with only a small number of them already safe in the knowledge they will be there in France next Summer – England being one of them.
There are some very tense games taking place therefore over the weekend and we’ve looked at the Home Nations and the games that could define their campaign. We’ve also got some tasty betting treats for you at the same time…
Scotland v Poland
Hampden Park, Glasgow
8th October, 2015
Scotland face off against Poland for the second time in this edition of the European Qualifiers at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Their last meeting ended in a two-two draw between the two teams.
Poland will be looking to secure the second position in the table to qualify for the next round while Scotland will be looking to spoil their opponents plans after having almost no chance of qualifying. Poland have a slight advantage having won three out of their eight previous meetings while Scotland have won two in the same and the rest have of course resulted in draws. A competitive match is what we look forward to when these two sides meet on 8th October.
Republic of Ireland v Germany
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
8th October, 2015
Germany sit at the top of the table followed closely by Poland. Ireland though, are in third position and will be looking for a win to get a good position to qualify.
A win for Ireland would see them secure second position if Poland lose their fixture against Scotland. The last meeting between these sides ended in a one-one draw and both sides would be competing to gain advantage over the other.
Statistically, Germany hold a much better position having won nine out of eighteen matches while only five have been recorded as a win for Ireland. Another competitive Group D fixture awaits us as we see who comes out on top.
England v Estonia
Wembley Stadium, London
9th October, 2015
England have secured the pole position in their group and have surely qualified for the next stage. Estonia on the other hand would need quite a few miracles to land a qualification spot to this edition of the Euro Cup. Their last meeting resulted in a win for the hosts who would like to complete the double over their opponents.
England are yet to lose to Estonia having won both of their previous meetings. Roy Hodgson’s men are on a perfect run so far winning all eight matches and are likely to win their ninth match too. Estonia could only aim to spoil the party for their opponents if they manage to clinch even a single point out of this game.
Bosnia and Herzegovina v Wales
Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica
10th October, 2015
Wales lead Group B with eighteen points in eight matches with Belgium hot on their tail with seventeen points. Wales are unlikely to lose the qualification spot even if they lose their next fixture to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina are similarly unlikely to gain a qualification spot even if they manage to clinch all three points.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have a statistical advantage over their rivals having won a game out of their three meetings as the rest have ended in draws. Wales look to be in good form and are hot favourites to win when these two sides meet on 10th October.