Scotland – Israel
Scotland hosts Israel at the Hampden Park in Glasgow in a match from the European Championship – the playoffs phase. Let’s preview it in the next few paragraphs we were getting ready for you.
Four wins in the last five matches, being unbeaten – this is Scotland’s record in the team’s last five fixtures. Obviously Steve Clarke’s team is in a good place at the moment – physically and mentally.
Last month the Scottish team played twice in the Nations League. First they made a 1-1 draw at home against Israel – a result which was followed by a 2-1 win against the Czech Republic away from home. The hosts scored first, but the visitors turned the game around with goals from Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie from a penalty kick.
With their results in their last five matches Scotland are proving to be a favourite against Israel on Thursday.
Let’s say a few words about Israel as well. Managed by the Austrian head coach Willi Ruttensteiner, Israel will make another effort to qualify for a big competition. Usually they are not succeeding, but now they are just two wins away from the European Championship. This must come as a big motivation for them.
In September Israel played two matches in the Nations League and they made two 1-1 draw. The curious fact is they faced exactly Scotland in one of these two matches. The two teams played at the Hampden Park and scored one goal each. Ryan Christie opened the score for the Scottish from a penalty kick, but Eran Zahavi equalised for the visitors.
We expect Scotland and Israel to give their all at the Hampden Park on Thursday. A win here would move them very close to an European Championship qualificiation. This is exactly their goal at the moment – they are close to doing it, but they still have to make the steps.