2 wins in the last 2 games and Slovakia beating Russia will send the team off to Kiev and Krakow next summer. Anything less and it's another play-off we're fighting for. The draw is on Thursday afternoon. It will be seeded and the top seeds will be away first.

Tonight is Slovakia v Russia in the Zilina shoebox at 19.15 here, and Ireland v Andorra in the 850-seat RSC-type kip at 20.30.