Home Nations Euro 2016 Betting

With the expansion of the tournament from 16 teams to 24 teams, all four home nations still harbour genuine hopes of making it to the Euro 2016 finals in France.

Northern Ireland are now odds-on to qualify for their first major tournament in 30 years after their 2-1 win over Finland at Windsor Park on Sunday.

They have never played in the finals of the European Championship and last qualified for a World Cup in Mexico in 1986, but Michael O’Neill has guided them to four wins in five games to give them a real chance of competing in the enlarged 24-team tournament in France next year.

O’Neill’s men are second in Group F behind Romania, but are eight points clear of fourth place Finland and should be able to clinch a top three place from this position of strength – which was made stronger by Hungary’s failure to beat Greece in Budapest on Sunday night. BetVictor now make them 4/7 chances to reach the finals, and 5/6 to do so by finishing in the top two.

Scotland also remain in the hunt for a place in the finals after their 6-1 demolition of Gibraltar at Hampden Park, where Steven Fletcher became the first Scot to score a hat-trick for the national side since the 1960s.

Scotland have won three of their first five games, but with world champions Germany almost certain to go through and Poland looking strong, they may have to settle for third place and a place in the play-offs. Sky Bet offer 5/4 that Scotland will qualify while BetVictor go 2/1 that they will finish in the top two.

After scoring twice in his country’s 3-0 win in Israel on Saturday, Gareth Bale looks set to get the chance to showcase his talents in France, with Wales also now an odds-on shot to qualify for the finals. The Welsh now top Group B with 11 points from five games, although unbeaten Belgium remain the favourites to win the group. Paddy Power offer 5/6 that they qualify.

England have won all five of their matches in Group E and are cruising towards the finals. Roy Hodgson’s men are currently fourth favourites to win the title, at best odds of 12/1.

BetVictor are offering odds of 5/1 that all four Home Nations – England, N Ireland, Wales and Scotland – will be playing in France next summer. Add the Republic of Ireland into the mix and they offer 50/1.