Northern Ireland to seal Euro 2016 place? Scotland to stay alive vs Poland?

Northern Ireland can seal place

If Northern Ireland manage to qualify for next summer's Euro 2016 finals, then cue the video and expect Gerry Armstrong to be invited on to every chat show around.

It's 33 years since Armstrong slotted the ball home to beat Spain in the 1982 World Cup, a goal that he's surely been dining out on ever since, and a rarity for a country whose only other outing in a major championship since was the 1986 World Cup.

Victory over Greece on Thursday would seal a place at their first European Championship finals and even though they have a few of their best players suspended and out through injury, including Kyle Lafferty, they should still not be anywhere near as big a price as 6/5 with bet365 to do just that.

Greece have had an atrocious campaign with just three points, all from draws, to their name. Northern Ireland may not be playing as fluently as when they won 2-0 in Greece earlier in the qualifying campaign but they must have a great chance to do the double. Take the price before it goes odds-on.

Scotland can stay alive

Scotland have to beat Poland on Thursday night to stand a chance of qualifying and even that may not be enough. The Poles can clinch their own place with a win -- depending on the Republic of Ireland vs. Germany result -- but I fancy the Scots to put a spanner in the works by winning this one at 6/4 with bet365. Gordon Strachan's side drew 2-2 in Poland so they know they can cope, and at home they have to have half a chance.

Albania to lead treble

Serbia have fallen off the map in this qualifying campaign and have long given up hope, which should play into Albania's hands this week. The Albanians are in a great position to qualify, or get into the playoffs at the very least, and another win would be no surprise, so let's start a Thursday treble with them to win at 7/5.

Romania can start booking their tickets to France if they beat Finland on Thursday and there is no reason they should not be able to. Take them to win at 8/11 and let's have faith in Portugal to see off Denmark at 13/20. Those three together make a treble worth 11/2.