EURO 2016 qualifying: As it stands

Danny Blind's Netherlands is battling just for a play-off spot (AAP) Source: ANP

As qualifying for EURO 2016 nears its conclusion, here we take a look at what each of the contenders need from the coming round of fixtures to take a step closer to next year's tournament in France.

Group A

Iceland and Czech Republic have already booked their flights to France next year after drawing against Kazakhstan and winning in Latvia respectively, but Turkey and Netherlands are set to fight it out for the coveted play-off berth. Turkey moved two points clear in third position after routing Netherlands. Should Fatih Terim's side win at Czech Republic, and Netherlands fails to do so against Kazakhstan next month, Turkey will reach the play-offs.

Group B

A first major tournament since the 1958 FIFA World Cup remains on the cards for group leader Wales. Automatic qualification was delayed by a goalless draw with Israel in Cardiff but Wales needs just two points from its last two matches - against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Andorra - to secure automatic qualification. Belgium is set to join Wales in France, with victory over Andorra next time out enough for Marc Wilmots's side qualify after a 1-0 win away to Cyprus. Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot finish in the top two but it can still leapfrog third-placed Israel, whose buffer has been cut to just two points heading into next month's fixture against Cyprus.

Group C

Spain is in the box seat to finish top of the group courtesy of its 1-0 win at home to FYR Macedonia. The reigning European champion is two points clear of Slovakia, which was held to a scoreless stalemate by Ukraine, but the pair will qualify for the tournament with wins over Luxembourg and Belarus in October. Ukraine is almost certain to finish third as a trip to FYR Macedonia looms next month.

Group D

A trip to France is within touching distance for Germany after a memorable 3-2 triumph against Scotland in Glasgow. Germany remains two points ahead of Poland, which humbled Gibraltar 8-1 and will qualify with a game to spare as long as it avoids defeat in Ireland. Though, Poland could advance if it upstages Scotland and Germany loses. Third-placed Republic of Ireland is four points clear of Scotland and will end the latter's qualification hopes with a surprise victory at home to Joachim Low's men.

Group E

England has raced away with the group, becoming the first team to qualify for the finals last week and it maintained its 100 per cent record with a 2-0 win over Switzerland at Wembley. All of the action is between Switzerland and Slovenia as they vie for the second automatic qualification spot. Slovenia, which edged Estonia 1-0, is three points behind Switzerland but holds a head-to-head advantage as the race for second goes down to the wire. Switzerland versus San Marino and Slovenia hosting Lithuania are fixtures next time out. Estonia is not out of contention, despite sitting two points adrift of Slovenia.

Group F

Northern Ireland is three points away from France 2016 after missing the chance to qualify against Hungary. Victory over either Greece or Finland would see the group leader through. Romania sits a point behind and three clear of Hungary, which has a better head-to-head record if it can draw level on points with the former. Third spot is three points away for Finland after ending Faroe Islands's play-off hopes.

Group G

Austria has booked its place in France after wins over Moldova and Sweden. Russia is well-placed, sitting two points ahead of Sweden, which is one ahead of Montenegro with two matches to play. Sweden has winnable matches against Liechtenstein and Moldova to finish the group, while Russia meets Montenegro on 12 October.

Group H

The top three are all battling for position heading into October. Italy tops the group by two points from Norway, which benefitted from Croatia's failures in Azerbaijan and Norway. Niko Kovac's side meets Bulgaria and Malta to finish, while Norway still has a clash against Italy in Rome to come. Pending an appeal, Croatia may also be docked a point after racist behaviour against Italy in June.

Group I

Another group with three fighting at the top. Portugal holds a three-point lead and will qualify if it draws with Denmark on 8 October. Denmark has played a game more than Portugal and third-placed Albania, which can seal a top-two spot if it beats Serbia and Denmark fails to win in Braga. Portugal and Albania are undoubtedly in best position.

Source Omnisport