Israel vs Italy: Match Preview and Prediction

Israel vs Italy
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Monday; 5-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Sammy Ofer Stadium (Haifa).

Israel’s World Cup qualifiers will start with a hard task as they host Italy at Sammy Ofer Stadium Haifa. The Israeli team have been on a poor form in their recent games, they are on a 4 game losing streak. They last tasted victory a year ago in 4-0 win against Andorra. They will need a miracle to withstand the Italians.

Meanwhile Italy will enter this game from a 3-1 home defeat against France, they were humiliated by France at home. Anthony Martial opened the scoring in 17th minute, but Pelle equalised in the 21st minute. Arsenal’s Giroud scored the second goal in the 28th minute, while Kurzawa scored the final goal in the 81st minute. They now hope to regain their dignity with a win as they start the 2018 WC qualifiers campaign.

Israel vs Italy: Head to Head Statistics

  • The two teams have played just 3 games in the past, Italy have won 2 games and they have drawn 1.
  • Italy have scored 10 goals against Israel and conceded only 2 goals.
  • The two teams last met each other over 4 decades ago, they played last in 1970.

Israel vs Italy: Prediction

Italy are strong favourites in this game, though they lost their last 2 games. They have won only 2 of their last 5 games, and have kept clean sheets in the 2 games. However they are way better than their host.

Israel are on a very poor form, having seen victory a year ago. They winless in their last 5 game with a draw and 4 defeats. They have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 games. Furthermore, they have conceded a total of 10 goals in their last 4 games. They will need a miracle to overcome the Italians in this fixture considering their poor form.

I predict a win for the visitors and I expect a clean sheet from them

Israel vs Italy: Betting Tips

Italy to win at 3/5 (1.60)
Over 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30).

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  1. Italy win to nil and over 2.5 goals? Italy don’t record 3-0 victories on the road. Could well happen, but it will be an exception. This coming from an Italian as well.

    • The minimum number of goals Israel has conceded in each of their last four matches is 2. Well, do you think Italy score 1 goal and pack their defence ? Sometimes you need to think outside the box.

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