The Republic of Ireland need to beat Poland or have a high-scoring draw to qualify for Euro 2016 automatically
An amazing night of international football saw Northern Ireland book their place at the Euro 2016 finals with a 3-1 win over Greece, while the other boys in green south of the border were also doing themselves proud.
The Republic produced a defiant performance to beat world champions Germany 1-0 and now have the chance to qualify automatically from Group D, with a trip to Warsaw on Sunday looming large for Martin O’Neill’s side.
Poland’s last-gasp equaliser in Glasgow means that Ireland need to land victory or a high-scoring draw against the Poles, although the victory over the Germans will give them plenty of confidence that this can be managed.
Sky Bet offer 8/13 about the Republic qualifying and they essentially have two bites of the cherry, with automatic qualification a possibility or instead they could look to the play-offs if things don’t go to plan in Warsaw.
No team will fancy facing the Irish who could be up against the likes of Ukraine, Croatia, Albania and Sweden for a spot in the France finals, while Slovenia, Israel and Turkey are also in the play-off spots at present.
Germany remain 10/3 favourites to win Euro 2016 although their defeat at the Aviva Stadium suggests this might not be the force that took Brazil by storm, with the hosts available at 4/1.
England are a 12/1 chance as they bid to continue a 100% record in qualifying, while Wales are a 66/1 poke with William Hill and will also be tough to beat providing they can make it to France by getting the job done.
Northern Ireland are 500/1 to claim a more unlikely victory than Greece in 2004, with Michael O’Neill’s team beating the latter to claim their spot in next summer’s finals and they might spring a few surprises.
All odds were correct at time of posting.