Things are reaching a climax for Irish sports gambling fans who enjoy gambling on football and want to see their teams qualify for the European Championship finals in France next year. We know that football gambling is second only to horse racing in Ireland for sports gambling enthusiasts and qualification for such a major tournament will inevitably provide a further surge in interest in 2016. So far both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have played eight games with two remaining to seal their place in the finals. Unusually it is Northern Ireland who look best placed to get to France, leading Group F and needing just 2 points from their last two games to be certain of qualification for a major tournament for the first time in 30 years. Meanwhile football gambling fans in the Republic of Ireland find their team currently third behind Germany and Poland in Group D, but lying 4 points ahead of Scotland in fourth place. If the remaining matches go their way they will feel that they still have every chance of qualifying at least for the Play-offs. This round of qualifying matches has certainly thrown up some surprises for fans of gambling on football all over Europe because it is not just Northern Ireland who have exceeded expectations. Wales also head Group B and look certain to qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 57 years and what football gambling fan predicted that Iceland would be leading Group A ahead of the Czech Republic, Turkey and even more surprisingly the Netherlands, who may not even qualify. The finals in France next year could be a huge deal for football gambling fans from all over the island of Ireland and we wish both teams the best of luck for their remaining two games.