Today we founded out who the home nations are going to face in the battle to qualify for the 2016 european championship. Uefa has the changing the format of the tournament from 16 teams to 24 which means the top two team from each qualifying groups qualify for the tournament as well as best third placed team, the remaining eight third place teams plays in play off match to make up the remaining 4 spots. This means their is more to play for and increases the chances of the homes nation like scotland, wales and northern ireland to qualify.
Group E: England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino.
Group D: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar.
Group B: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra.
Group F: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands.
with this new format in mind, I think the nation that will be the happys will their groups are Northern Ireland due to the fact that they have miss the top 15 ranked nations like Spain and Germany and have got Greece, Hungary and Romania. That are good teams but are nations that northern ireland could beat. England will also be very pleased with their group due to the fact england have beated these nations before and the only nation I think could stop england from topping the group are switzerland, but i think Roy will be very pleased.
The Scots and Wales have a tough groups with the like of Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar in Scotland group and Bosnia-Hercegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra in Wales group. Germany and Republic of Ireland would be hard to beat, but the likes of Georgia, Poland and Gibraltar are team scotland can beat so play off are possible if scotland can beat teams like georgia and gibraltar and get draws against Republic of Ireland and Germany.
Wales have a simple problem in their group because of the nations like Belgium and Bosnia these are hard nations to beat, but with Wales ending their world cup qualifying in good form then their always a change of them qualifying
This are my predictions of where i think the home nations will finish in their groups
Scotland: 3rd (Play Off)
Northern Ireland: 4th
Wales: 3rd (Play Off)