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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis (C) and his team-mates are just a win away from creating historyReuters

Northern Ireland are on the brink of creating history as a win against Greece tonight in the Group F encounter of the Euro 2016 qualifiers will seal a qualification for them for the European Championships to be held in France next year.

The action takes place at the Windsor Park in Belfast, where the home side are tipped as favourites going into the game. Greece currently remain at rock-bottom in the group after having acquired just three points from their eight games; they are also without a win.

The home side, in stark contrast, lead the group with 17 points from the same number of games.

Northern Ireland have never played in the UEFA European Championship, although they made it to the FIFA World Cup finals in 1958 and 1982. Michael O'Neill wants his men to write their legacy.

"As an international player you write your legacy in terms of the number of times you play, the number of memorable performances you have and if you get the chance to go to a major tournament," the Northern Ireland coach said.

"These players can write their legacy by going to a major tournament.

"The prize is great and it's something the players are determined to be part of. These opportunities don't come around for Northern Ireland players very often," O'Neill added.

The absence of ex-Manchester United defender Jonny Evans -- out due to a hamstring injury -- is a worry for the home side. Chris Baird, Connor McLaughlin and star striker Kyle Lafferty remain suspended for the game.

"I genuinely believe that we have the players to step in and deal with this game," said O'Neill. 

"Obviously the injury to Jonny at the weekend was a blow but one thing I have noticed in those three days, maybe more so than in the past, is that the squad is stronger now than at any time I've been in charge."

The pressure remains on Greece now -- who have scored just twice from their eight games -- to either dish out a moment of magic in the game or use the strength in their defence, which will be spearheaded by Borussia Dortmund defensive rock Sokratis Papastathopoulos, to get an edge in the game.

Expected line-ups:

Northern Ireland: Carroll; McNair, Cathcart, McAuley, Brunt; C. Evans; Ward, Davis, Norwood, Dallas; Magennis.

Greece: Karnezis; Torosidis, Sokratis, Kitsiou, Holebas; Samaris, Tziolis; Pelkas, Kone, Fortounis; Mitroglou.

Where to Watch live:

The 2016 Euro Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Greece will be kicking-off at 12:15 am IST (7:45 pm BST and 2:45pm ET).

Viewers in India can catch the STREAM the game live on Livsports.

Viewers in the UK and Ireland can tune into Sky Sports 5/HD, and STREAM the game on Sky GoRadio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Viewers in the US can switch to ESPN3 and stream the game on Watch ESPN.

Viewers in Greece can catch their national team in action on OTE Sport 1.

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