EURO 2016 qualifying as it stands

Chris Coleman's Wales looks destined to reach the EURO 2016 finals (AAP) Source: PA Wire

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's victory over Netherlands leaves it needing only a draw against Kazakhstan to qualify, while Danny Blind's side is in desperate need of a win. Defeat left it six points adrift of second place with three games to go, and failure to beat Turkey would open the door for Czech Republic to clinch a top-two finish with three points from its clash with Latvia. Netherlands's trip to Turkey could also prove pivotal in the race for third, which would ensure at least a play-off berth.

Group B

Wales looks destined to reach its first major tournament since the 1958 FIFA World Cup and a win against Israel in Cardiff would see it achieve just that. Cyprus must beat second-placed Belgium to keep its slim hopes of automatic qualification alive, while Bosnia and Herzegovina could propel itself back into qualifying contention when it hosts already-eliminated Andorra. Even if Belgium does beat Cyprus, it will not be assured of its place in France.

Group C

Despite a 2-0 defeat to Spain, Slovakia will be guaranteed a spot in France if it overcomes Ukraine at home. European champion Spain travels to FYR Macedonia unable to rubber-stamp progression, though victory and a Slovakia win will leave it needing just a point from two games to do so. Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine are each guaranteed to finish third if their tilt at the top two is unsuccessful.

Group D

Germany moved top of Group D with a 3-1 victory over Poland and a win against Scotland - playing catch-up after a defeat to Georgia - could be enough to see it through. Joachim Low's side can only qualify if Georgia triumphs over Republic of Ireland, which will be keen to leapfrog Poland into second. However, with Adam Nawalka's Poland hosting Gibraltar next, it seems unlikely that it will be letting go of its automatic spot any time soon.

Group E

England made it seven wins from seven Group E games in San Marino to become the first team to qualify for France 2016. Switzerland will join it in midweek if Estonia and Slovenia draw and it goes on to win at Wembley. Switzerland will be riding high after three goals in the last 10 minutes saw off Slovenia 3-2 in Basel. Lithuania may also be hoping for a stalemate in Slovenia as it faces San Marino, desperate to make up a current four-point deficit to third place.

Group F

Victory for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park would give it an insurmountable seven-point advantage over third-placed opponent Hungary and would also hand Romania the chance to all but seal its qualification with a win against rock-bottom Greece. For Finland and Faroe Islands, who meet in Helsinki, the focus will be on challenging for third - the teams currently sitting five and six points adrift of Hungary respectively.

Group G

Austria has dominated Group G, and a spot in just its second European championships - after it co-hosted in 2008 - will be confirmed with a point in Sweden. Russia may well be hoping Austria leave Solna with a positive result as it sits a point behind Sweden ahead of its trip to Liechtenstein. Montenegro - which heads to rock-bottom Moldova - is a further three points off Russia, but will hope it can keep pace with Leonid Slutsky's side as a final-matchday showdown in St Petersburg awaits.

Group H

Croatia and Italy are tied on 15 points at the top of Group H, two points ahead of Norway. While no nation can seal their progression on Monday morning (AEST), fourth-placed Bulgaria will be out of the running for automatic qualification if it fails to pick up a win in Italy. Norway will jump into the top two if it beats Croatia, while Malta and Azerbaijan are playing for pride, despite the latter holding the slimmest of chances of sneaking into third. The order at the top could hinge on Croatia's appeal against a one-point deduction, which will be heard later this month.

Group I

Portugal, Denmark and Albania are already certain of a top-three finish, with only the order left to be resolved. Portugal - one point ahead of its rivals - visits Albania, while Denmark heads to Armenia. With Group I currently second in the race for the best third-placed team - Ukraine in Group C is leading - all three could be destined for France come the end of the campaign.

Source Omnisport