Scotland VS Israel Prediction and Betting Tips

FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) - Scotland VS Israel

Kick off: 09-10-2021 16:59 Saturday(GMT+1)

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Scotland will welcome Israel to Glasgow's Hampden Park on Saturday evening for the latest round of World Cup 2022 European qualifiers. The two sides sit second and third in Group F with the hosts just one point above their upcoming opponents in the battle for the second qualification spot.

 

Scotland form (all competitions): LDLLWW

After a slow start to their qualification campaign, Scotland have started to pick up speed recently and come into this match on the back of two consecutive wins in September. The last international break started with a loss to Denmark - having conceded twice within the first 15 minutes, Steve Clarke's weakened squad were unable to respond and slumped to their first defeat in the group. They responded well, however, with two Lyndon Dykes goals against Moldova and Austria earning two narrow 1-0 wins in the space of four days to move them up to second and, crucially, into a qualification spot. The Danes are runaway leaders in the group, with a perfect record - six wins from six, 22 goals scored and none conceded - so it is really only a matter of who can claim second and progress to the playoffs. Clarke and his men will know that a win on Saturday will leave them in an enviable position, with a four-point gap to third and just three games remaining.

 

Israel form (all competitions): WWLWWL

Israel will, of course, be just as aware of the importance of the match. What had been looking like a stellar international break last time out was somewhat spoiled by a heavy 5-0 defeat to Denmark in the final game, but the previous two games have still left Willibald Ruttensteiner's side in a strong position. A 4-0 win away at the Faroe Islands was somewhat expected - if convincingly executed - but the following game saw an impressive 5-2 victory against Austria. The Israelis raced into a three-goal lead in just over half an hour, thanks to goals from Manor Solomon, Munas Dabbur and Eran Zehavi, before a goal for Austria either side of half time pulled them back into the match. The Blue and Whites responded immediately, though, and Zehavi sealed an emphatic victory late on. Ruttensteiner will surely remind his team of that performance for inspiration and draw attention to what is a reasonably strong record against the Scots, but the players will likely not need much extra motivation for such a decisive clash.

 

Betting Verdict:

With so much at stake, this could be a cagey, low-scoring affair. The reverse fixture back in March ended 1-1 but we are backing Scotland to make the most of home advantage here and secure a narrow victory.

 

Scotland VS Israel 

1X2 Pick: 1

 

Scotland VS Israel Prediction and Betting Tips

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