European Qualifiers on Sky: Netherlands vs Northern Ireland, Russia vs Scotland & Slovakia vs Wales

Team information and previews ahead of Thursdays internationals, featuring Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Netherlands, Belgium and much more.
Team information: The Netherlands will not have Jeroen Zoet (groin) and Davy Propper (hamstring) available.
Northern Ireland will function as Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis, whos retreated with a knee injury. Conor Washington was already an absentee having a hamstring injury, combined with Rangers winger Jordan Jones.
After switching his international allegiance former Scotland U21 winger Matty Kennedy will make his debut.
How to see: Coverage starts on Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm; kick-off reaches 7.45pm.
Whats the state of play in Group C? The ideal start of northern Ireland was ripped apart by Germany last time out but Michael ONeills side have their fate in their own hands. A difficult visit to the Netherlands, whove been back with a bang over the last 12 months, expects on Thursday night however defeat because would not be fatal, though it would be a bitter blow.
While Belarus must beat Estonia to stand any outside chance leaders Germany might wind up leapfrogged at the end of the break, especially if theyre held by Estonia on Sunday.
Coming up: October 10 – Belarus v Estonia, Netherlands v Northern Ireland; October 13 – Estonia v Germany, Belarus v Netherlands
Charlie Nicholas prediction:I think Northern Ireland have been punching above their weight for a while. Steven Davis has held it together. Its a team that is together but one that doesnt own a lot of flare. The youngsters are coming through for the Netherlands, whereas Georginio Wijnaldum Memphis Depay and Ryan Babel have shone. We know all about Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt at the heart of the Dutch defence. It will be a comfortable night for the hosts. Northern Ireland dont generally lose many objectives but I think theyll be put to the sword here.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 4-0 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
Team news: Scotland have quite the absentee record to contend with. Liam Cooper, Ryan Jack, Oli McBurnie, grant Hanley, Kieran Tierney and Steven Naismith are missing through injury. After he picked up a booking in last months 4-0 loss scott McTominay is also suspended.
Oliver Burke, Liam Palmer and stuart Armstrong have been invited to the side while Declan Gallagher, Stuart Findlay, John Fleck and Lawrence Shankland are hoping for their first caps.
The way to see: Coverage starts on Sky Sports Football in 7pm; kick-off is at 7.45pm.
What is the state of play in Group I? Belgium have a record in eligibility up to now and theyre able to confirm their place with victory against San Marino and also some draw between Kazakhstan and Cyprus.
In addition, it is a final throw of the dice for Scotland at Group I. Steve Clarkes side has to beat Russia to have any chance of qualifying, but if they do not they may still reach Euro 2020 because theyre ensured a play-off spot for winning their Nations League team.
Group I can be done and dusted on when Russia, who are eight points clear from Cyprus and Kazakhstan in third and fourth conquer Scotland and also Kazakhstan draw Cyprus.
Coming up at Group Im October 10 – Russia v Scotland, Kazakhstan v Cyprus, Belgium v San Marino; October 13 – Kazakhstan v Belgium, Cyprus Belgium Russia, Scotland v San Marino
Charlie Nicholas forecast:Where do we start here? On a positive note, I think Scotland are likely to perform with the way I need them to play. They must construct for the play-offs in February – that is their final throw of the dice. Them embarrassed at the international break in Glasgow. Everything Steve Clarke is currently trying to do I will take. Itll be well-drilled defensively along with a gentle counter-attack. Russia are average, although it is the case that both teams are in. They havent secured second place but I think they will be there or thereabouts following this.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Team news: Adam Nemec, Tomas Hubocan and Martin Skrtel are at the Slovakia squad, but are not anticipated to feature ahead of their retirements.
For Wales, theyll evaluate the fitness of Aaron Ramsey after he sensed that atwinge while warming up in half-time for Juventus on Saturday, though Gareth Bale has trained this week despite Zinedine Zidane saying he picked up a knock at the weekend.
In Ryan Giggs 26-man group, Tom Lawrence was contained despite issues from the area. Chris Mepham has withdrawn through injury, although after missing out on September, ashley Williams continues to be recalled
How to see: Coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm; kick-off is at 7.45pm.
What is the state of play in Group E? Wales could be fourth in Group E although things are not all as they look. A win within second-placed Slovakia on Thursday will take them par with a match in hand, and with third and first moving venture t head to precisely the same night its near enough a match for Ryan Giggs.
The blip against Hungary of croatia aside they have been consistent upward in the very best, but there is a reason theyre very much in it and Hungary qualified for the Euros.
Azerbaijan are already out, even though having an draw with Croatia in September.
Coming up in Group E: October 10 – Croatia v Hungary, Slovakia v Wales; October 13 – Hungary v Azerbaijan, Wales v Croatia
Charlie Nicholas prediction:This is a great evaluation for Wales. He needs to if there is any chance of Aaron Ramsey playing . Daniel James has come in and done nicely although wales rely upon Gareth Bale. Slovakia are tough to forecast and you can get in them. Wales are more patient beneath Ryan Giggs. Their counter-attack off and on the ball is strong. The value of Bale playing is crucial, but this seems promising for Wales.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)
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