Euro 2020 qualifiers: How are England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Rep Ireland faring?
England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland all top their groups; Wales and Scotland face battle to reach next summer's tournament
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 05/09/19 10:27pm
As we approach the midway stage of the European Qualifiers, which nations are edging towards next summer's tournament? And who is in danger of missing out?
Domestic football makes way for internationals this coming week, with a whole host of European Qualifiers being shown live on Sky Sports.
How does qualifying work?
The top two teams from each of the 10 groups will qualify, with the final four spaces decided via the play-offs in March. The teams in the play-offs will be decided by performances in 2018's Nations League group stages. England and Scotland are among the sides guaranteed a play-off opportunity if they fail to qualify automatically.
But how is each nation faring in their group? From the runaway leaders to the three-way ties at the top, we look at the state of play going into September's qualifiers…
Group A - England aim to stay perfect
Coming up: September 7 - Kosovo vs Czech Republic, England vs Bulgaria; September 10 - Montenegro vs Czech Republic, England vs Kosovo
Having contested the Nations League Finals along with Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland, England are playing catch up in Group A - in terms of games, not points.
Going into their double-header at Wembley, Gareth Southgate's side are top with six points and are ahead of the Czech Republic - who have played a game more - based on the head-to-head ruling thanks to March's 5-0 win. Kosovo are a point adrift, while Montenegro and Bulgaria remain winless on two points having both played four matches.
Group B - Portugal down in fourth
Coming up: September 7 - Lithuania vs Ukraine, Serbia vs Portugal; September 10 - Luxembourg vs Serbia, Lithuania vs Portugal
After two draws, Euro 2016 winners Portugal sit fourth in Group B, but two wins this month would see them leapfrog both Serbia and Luxembourg.
Ukraine sit top after an unbeaten start, and having drawn in Portugal, they will be confident of navigating through the remainder of the campaign relatively unscathed.
Group C - Going gets tough for Northern Ireland
Coming up: September 6 - Estonia vs Belarus, Germany vs Netherlands; September 9 - Northern Ireland vs Germany, Estonia vs Netherlands
Northern Ireland are standing head and shoulders above two European giants in Group C, but the second half of their campaign is set to get a whole lot tougher.
Having beaten Belarus and Estonia twice each, Northern Ireland have home and away fixtures against Germany and the Netherlands to come, and face the former at Windsor Park on September 9.
Germany are three points behind Northern Ireland having played a game less, while the Netherlands are nine points adrift. Germany host the Netherlands in a mouthwatering clash on Friday.
Group E - Wales face a fight
Coming up: September 6 - Wales vs Azerbaijan, Slovakia vs Croatia; September 9 - Azerbaijan vs Croatia, Hungary vs Slovakia
Wales have it all to do in Group E. Ryan Giggs' side are currently fourth on three points, but will look to put the pressure on those ahead of them when hosting Azerbaijan on Friday night.
Hungary currently lead the way, but Slovakia and Croatia will both look to close the gap as the battle for the top two places heats up. Wales will be desperate to make it a four-horse race.
Group G - Poles apart
Coming up: September 6 - Slovenia vs Poland, Austria vs Latvia; September 9 - Slovenia vs Israel, Poland vs Austria, Latvia vs Macedonia
Poland have a healthy five-point lead at the top of Group G after winning all four of their matches to date.
Israel sit second with eight points, but besides bottom nation Latvia - who have lost every match - just a point separates Austria, North Macedonia and Slovenia.
Group H - France locked in mighty battle
Coming up: September 7 - Iceland vs Moldova, Turkey vs Andorra, France vs Albania; September 10 - Moldova vs Turkey, France vs Andorra, Albania vs Iceland
Quite possibly the tightest group of all, with France, Turkey and Iceland all on nine points after three wins and a loss apiece, while Albania are not far behind on six points.
France's two September ties are at home, and while they will look to make that advantage count, Tukey will be eyeing sizeable victories themselves against Andorra and Moldova.
Group I - Scotland's testing September
Coming up: September 6 - Cyprus vs Kazakhstan, Scotland vs Russia, San Marino vs Belgium; September 9 - Scotland vs Belgium, San Marino vs Cyprus, Russia vs Kazakhstan
The good news. Scotland have two home games this month. The bad news. They are up against the top two in Group I, and know they will have to take something against either Belgium or Russia to maintain their push for a first major tournament since 1998.
Belgium have enjoyed a 100 per cent start, but Scotland's first focus will be on drawing level with Russia on nine points, while Kazakhstan remain very much in the mix.
European Qualifiers on Sky Sports
The Euro 2020 qualification stage resumes, with games live across Sky Sports channels and the Sky Sports Football red button.
- Estonia vs Belarus - Friday September 6, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 5pm
- Germany vs Netherlands - Friday September 6, live on Sky Sports Mix; kick-off 7.45pm
- Scotland vs Russia - Friday September 6, live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event; kick-off 7.45pm
- Wales vs Azerbaijan - Friday September 6, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 7.45pm
- Five other games on red button on Friday - full schedule here
- Kosovo vs Czech Republic - Saturday September 7, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 2pm
- Lithuania vs Ukraine - Saturday September 7, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 5pm
- France vs Albania - Saturday September 7, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 7.45pm
- Serbia vs Portugal - Saturday September 7, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 7.45pm
- Two other games on red button on Saturday - full schedule here
- Armenia vs Bosnia & Herzegovina - Sunday September 8, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 2pm
- Georgia vs Denmark - Sunday September 8, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 5pm
- Finland vs Italy - Sunday September 8, live on Sky Sports Football; kick-off 7.45pm
- Spain vs Faroe Islands - Sunday September 8, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 7.45pm
- Four other games on red button on Sunday - full schedule here