With two rounds remaining and 19 more spots available, final stages of European Championship qualifiers are going to bring us a lot of excitement.
Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland and Ukraine have already secured their place on the final tournament, but let’s see how British teams’ and Republic of Ireland chances are standing at this point.
Thanks to a convincing 6-0 victory over Bulgaria in Sofia, England is on the verge of qualifying for the final tournament next summer as reported by the football editor of bettingtips4you.
Despite racist abuse, Gareth Southgate’s side put an excellent display and remained on the top of Group A.
Ross Barkley and Marcus Rashford scored a brace and already at half time it was clear that England will get back home with all three points.
All they need from the next two matches is a victory, and the first chance will take place on 14th November when Montenegro, who are still looking for a win, is coming to Wembley.
England is three points ahead of Czech Republic, who is facing Kosovo in a direct clash for the second spot.
Northern Ireland was on a good track of snatching an important point away to Netherlands, however they conceded twice in the injury time and slipped down from the top two spots in Group C.
But they are still in the game as Germany and Netherlands are three points ahead of them and all three teams have two more matches to play. Michael O’Neill’s side is going to face their main rivals in those two matches, and the first one will take place in Belfast on 16th November, when they will have the chance for a revenge against Netherlands.
Northern Ireland have very tough task ahead and only if they don’t lose in the upcoming matches, they will have the chance to qualify for Euro 2020.
Republic of Ireland is still undefeated in these qualifiers and they are four points ahead of Switzerland who have played one game less.
Mick McCarthy’s side missed the chance to win in Georgia on Saturday, who held them to a goalless draw, and they now have a tough challenge of remaining undefeated in Switzerland. If they manage to accomplish that, Ireland will get very close to qualifying for the final tournament.
Wales are having a poor campaign as they are four points behind the top two spots, however they have played one game less than Hungary. After two draws against Slovakia and Croatia, they need a win away to Azerbaijan in their next match on 16th November.
If Gareth Bale and the lads manage to get back home with all three points, they will have the chance to challenge the second spot in a direct clash against Hungary at home ground in the closing round.
Scotland’s poor run of four defeats cost them the chance of challenging one of the top two spots in Group I, but one positive is that they managed to break that streak with a win against San Marino.
Everything is clear in this group as Belgium and Russia have already secured the participation at Euro 2020.
However, they will have another chance of qualifying for the final stage through the playoffs in Nations League next spring.