Spain vs Israel
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, Group G.
Date: Friday, 24th March 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal El Molinon.
Spain are not as dominant as they used to be when they took back-to-back titles at major competitions led by Xavi and Iniesta in their best days.
Julen Lopetegui still has a more than respectable line-up of players. But the team is much more vulnerable which is best confirmed from the Euro 2016 in France, when they easily lost the last 16 round match top Italy 2-0.
Spain opened the new campaign in the journey to Russia 2018 in an impressive way.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa is the star man having bagged three goals in four matches during the process and he will be the main threat for Israel’s goal on Friday evening.
The team will come in the game after playing a 2-2 draw with England in a friendly match in November last year at Wembley.
Israel are off to a decent start having won nine points from four matches. They only dropped the ball in the first game against Ital, but they can still cause troubles in the battle for the top two positions with a potential upset against Spain at El Molinon.
The team led by Evisha Levy produced a marvellous performance in the drubbing of Albania 0-3 on the road.
Eran Zahavi, Dan Eibinder and Eliran Atar were on target for the visiting side.
Spain vs Israel: Head to head
Spain have three wins in four head to head meetings with Israel, but the last encounter between the two sides saw a 1-1 draw back in June 2001.
Spain vs Israel: Prediction
Spain are heavy favourites, but Israel are everything but a naive side.
We genuinely believe that the bookmakers have seriously underestimated the visitors here and we see a decent value in backing Israel not to lose by three goals or more at the odds of 19/20.
Spain vs Israel: Bet Tips
The number one bet will be Israel +2.5 handicap at the odds of 2.010 with Bet365
The second pick is BTTS at sky-high 3.00 odds with Bet365.