Israel vs Scotland
UEFA Nations League
Date: Thursday, 11th October 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Sammy Ofer Stadium (Haifa).
The home side needs a win to go further in the competition. They are currently at the bottom in Group C1.The blue and whites lost their group opener away against Albania 1-0.
The team lacks optimism going into this match and Coach Andy Herzog will have to make some changes in tactics to push the team up the table.
In the loss against Albania, Israeli forwards failed to test the keeper. The players failed to keep possession and committed fouls which shows lack of discipline. In the end a second half goal from Taulant Xhaka was all that took to break the Israeli defense.
The team, whose home is the Sammy Ofer Stadium, has won only a single game in their last 5 international matches.
Scottish team on the contrary has 4 wins in 5 previous competitive games. The team is rejuvenated with young talents and along with experienced campaigners they look strong on paper. They beat Albania side 2-0 in their group opener.
Steven Naismith had part in both the goals. He scored one and he forced the opposite defender to commit a mistake which ended up as an own goal. Forwards were booming and it looked like they would score any minute. Scottish team had 25 shots on goal of which 13 were blocked and 6 were on target.
Andrew Robertson has been appointed captain for some time now. The Liverpool left-back will had good influence on the game and we can expect that in upcoming games as well. Sitting at the top of the group the Tartan Army will not be challenged unless the other teams up their game.
Israel vs Scotland Head to head
- Thursday’s clash will the first between Israel and Scotland since 1981.
- Scotland bagged a double in their last meeting which happened to be a World Cup qualifier; 3-1 at home and 1-0 away.
Israel vs Scotland Prediction
Scotland’s strength is their attacking frame of mind and if nothing unusual happens Scots will walk away with the win.
The high number of shots on target from their previous game presents the Scottish tactics pretty clear.
It won’t be a surprise if Haifa International Stadium rain goals this Thursday. The Israeli goalkeeper will have a tough task at hand, especially if Naismith gets going.
Israel vs Scotland Betting tips
Scotland to win @ 3.10 (21/10)
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.38 (11/8).