Israel vs Slovakia
UEFA Nations League
Date: Monday, 7 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: The Diamond Stadium (Netanya).
Having salvaged a point against Scotland in Glasgow, Israel now look forward for their maiden win against Slovakia.
Three of the four previous meetings between the sides have been won by Slovakia along with a draw and since their last meeting in 2014, things went in opposite direction for the two teams.
Israel, since the wake of UEFA Nations League in 2018, unbeaten at home in 7 of the 8 games with 5 wins and 2 draws. Their lone defeat came against Poland in their final home game of the Euro qualifiers by a narrow 2-1 margin.
On the other hand, Slovenia suffered a heavy 1-3 home defeat to neighbours Czech Republic.
They did have a decent Euro qualifiers though, where they missed qualification by 1 point to Wales. Though the team is not consistent, which must be expected of a very young squad.
In a nutshell, I believe the teams are evenly matched on paper and we have a potential thriller.
Head-to-head & Previous meetings
Slovakia are unbeaten in the four h2h meetings with Israel, 3 3 wins and 1 draws.
A win and draw credited to the visitors in their last two trips to Israel, 3-1 in 2014 and 2-2 in 1994.
Their two meetings in Israel saw both teams scoring and over 3.5 goals, while 1-0 scoreline is seen in the matches played at Slovakia.
Israel vs Slovakia Prediction
As mentioned earlier, this is a tough one to call and a high potential of going down to the wire. For the same reason, I wouldn’t be picking a full-time result.
Despite a solid home record, Israel kept just 1 clean sheet in 10 competitive games in the last three years. Meantime, the visitors have no clean sheets in their travels during the period.
But, Slovakia’s scoring form on the road is encouraging as they netted 8 times in three games and this is why I see both teams to score as the top bet for this game.
I have to highlight the excellent form of Eran Zahavi, who score 12 goals in his last 11 appearances of the hosts, including the brace against Scotland on Friday. His link-up play with Moanes Dabour will be key to any success the team have on Monday.
Meantime, the 20-year old Robert Bozenik, who plays his trade in Netherlands with Feyenoord is the pick of the players for the visitors. He has a habit of finding the net early in away games, the Hungarians and Croats will remember his well.
Both teams to Score @ 2.00 odd
Eran Zahavi of Israel to score anytime @ 2.20.
Robert Bozenik of Slovakia to score anytime @ 3.60 odd.