Macedonia vs Israel
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Thursday, 6th October 2016,
Kick-off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Philip II Arena, Skopje.
Macedonia suffered a narrow defeat 2-1 defeat to Albania in their opening group game. Despite being huge underdogs, Macedonia put up a strong fight and were close to come away with a point. But Albania struck late with a minute left of clock to deny them the share of the spoils.
Israel were comprehensively defeated by Italy 3-1 in their first game of the World Cup Qualification campaign. However, they had an even ball possession throughout the game and were able to create a number of scoring chances. If they were sharp in finishing, this could have been one of the biggest upsets of the matchday one.
Macedonia vs Israel: Head-to-Head Stats
Israel have a 100% win record against Macedonia after winning in the three meetings between them so far. The latest of which came in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualification group stage with a 1-0 margin at their home after previously defeating them 2-1 in the away leg.
The only other meeting was in a friendly on 2002, which ended in a 3-2 win for Israel.
Macedonia vs Israel: Prediction
Macedonia have lost in 5 of their last 6 matches, with a lone win coming at home against a lowly Azerbaijan. Their home form is also disappointing with 2 wins coming from last 10 games, with 7 of them being defeats.
Israel on the other hand have lost in each of their last 5 games in all competitions. Away from home, they are on a five match win-less losing 4 during the period. However, their record against lowly ranked teams in Europe is slightly better. They defeated the likes of Andorra and Cyprus during the European Qualifiers.
Coming with a 3 match winning run against Macedonia, Israel have got what it takes to edge a win here. This could be a thrilling game with both teams going for the win and goals can be expected in plenty.
Macedonia vs Israel: Betting Tips
- Israel to win 2.05 (23/11)
- Over 2.5 goals at 2.60 (8/5).