Israel vs North Macedonia
Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Toto Turner Stadium (Be’er Sheva).
This is a must win game for Israel to stay in the qualification race with Austria and Slovenia breathing down their necks.
Israel were handed their first defeat of the qualification campaign from Poland in the last round with a 4-0 thrashing. The Blue and Whites, who bagged 2 wins and 1 draw from the previous three games remain second in the table. One of the highlights of their campaign is a thumping 4-2 win at home against Austria.
However, the gap with fifth placed Northern Macedonia, their Thursday’s visitors is 3 points, while Austria and Slovenia are at a 1and 2-point drift. It is fair to say each of these four teams are in with a chance to qualify and we are gearing up for an exciting match-up at the Toto Turner Stadium.
With 4 points from as many games so far, North Macedonia must do better to keep their chances alive in the group. Since grabbing a 3-1 win at home against Latvia on matchday 1, the team is on a three-match win-less streak with a draw and 2 losses. Their latest result was as humbling 1-4 away defeat at Austria.
Israel vs North Macedonia Head-to-head
All 4 qualifying fixtures between Israel and Macedonia saw a winner, Israel dominate the wins column with 3 to 1.
Macedonia registered their first win over Israel in their last visit to this country in 2017 on a 1-0 score line.
The two h2h clashes between the sides in Israeli soil saw 1-0 score-line at full-time.
Israel vs North Macedonia Prediction
North Macedonia are an improved side as in comparison to previous campaigns, and if you look at the stats column, this is a team unbeaten in 6 of the last 7 competitive games (4W, 2D). However, their ability to see-off in-form sides is questionable. The 0-4 humbling defeat at Armenia in the UEFA Nations League fixture last year is a perfect example.
Israel have been enjoying an excellent spell at home and they come here on the back of a 4-match unbeaten run (3W, 1D). Boasting an average of 2.25 goals per game during the period, they could prove a handful for a team that kept just 2 clean sheets in previous 14 European qualification games.
Eran Zahavi was on the thick of things in this emphatic run of Israel. the Guangzhou R&F forward have 7 goals to his game, including hat tricks against Latvia and Austria. He will be our prime candidate to score any-time during the match.
Israel vs North Macedonia Betting Tips
Over 1.5 full-time goals is the safe option @ 1.40 (2/5)
Israel to win @ 1.85 (5/6) odd is a decent alternative.
Brave punters can back Eran Zahavi to Score any-time for 2.40 (12/5) odd.