By News Team
Last Updated: 19th November 2019
With just one more day of Euro 2020 group qualifying ahead of us, three out of four Home Nations still have fixtures to take care of. We preview the action involving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Scotland building for play-offs
Scotland have had a mixed qualification campaign, losing five games from nine in Group I, but their last two results have been wins and have seen them score eight goals in the process. While they currently occupy third place, they cannot qualify for Euro 2020 through the group, but will, however, be in the play-offs in March by virtue of their Nations League performance.
Their opponents on Tuesday, Kazakhstan, shocked them in the early stages of the group, running out 3-0 winners, but Steve Clarke’s side should be more comfortable this time around and are worthy favourites at 6/10. The visitors to Hampden Park are 24/5.
If Scotland can start well, then this game could be put to bed before half-time. Scotland to win both halves has been enhanced to 7/2 and this should be the aim for the home side as they look to build more confidence ahead of the play-offs.
Northern Ireland face another tough assignment
Northern Ireland battled valiantly against Netherlands at Windsor Park at the weekend and although 0-0 seems a good result on paper, Steven Davis’ missed penalty leaves thoughts of what could have been. While third-placed Northern Ireland can no longer qualify automatically from Group C, they are set to be in the play-offs next March.
However, their final group game on Tuesday is a difficult task away to Germany. While this is a German side in a state of rebuild after a poor World Cup, they are still comfortably 1/8 favourites.
Crunch time for Wales
Group E sits very nicely poised, with three teams having a real chance to progress through to next summer’s tournament alongside group winners Croatia – in Hungary, Wales and Slovakia.
Wales have their destiny in their own hands, with Ryan Giggs’ side hosting Hungary on Tuesday in a must-win game. The winner will go through to next summer’s finals, though a draw would leave Slovakia with a chance of sneaking through should they beat bottom-placed Azerbaijan.