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These two sides have become quite familiar with one another having squared off in both editions of the Nations League, as well as in a semi-final play-off for the Euros.
They’ve all been close affairs as none of these games have seen a team triumph by more than a single strike, with Israel edging the encounters with a W2-D2-L1 record, albeit losing on penalties in the crucial play-off.
Israel did however win both encounters on home turf, including their final game in the previous international break, and that could prove telling here.
Israel Draw No Bet
They’ve performed badly on their travels over the past few years, but on their own patch they’re a credible W6-D3-L3 since October 2018, as two of those defeats came by narrow 2-1 scorelines to Poland and the Czech Republic, while the other was a 2-0 loss to Denmark on Thursday.
Admittedly, Israel are still finding their feet under new management. Willi Ruttensteiner has taken charge of eight games now, with a W2-D3-L3 record so far.
However, with that spell including two draws at Hampden Park and a win over Steve Clarke’s men in Netanya back in November, they appear a decent prospect draw no bet.
Clarke’s tenure didn’t get off to the greatest of starts as he lost four of his first five at the helm and although they included some maulings, each of those defeats were inflicted by Belgium and Russia.
Results have certainly picked up since then and they’re W6-D4-L2 after their own Thursday night clash hosting Austria, though only two of those victories have come on their travels.
The former Kilmarnock boss has a reputation for defensive sturdiness, with his second and only full season in charge of Killie seeing his side concede just 31 goals as they landed third place in the Scottish Premiership in 2018/19.
-1 Handicap Draw
It appears the national team have had time to get to grips with his methods and we’re not expecting a goal-fest here, and a cautious approach makes sense for Scotland given the limited attacking options at their disposal.
The floodgates may have opened in the second half of their 2-2 draw with Austria, but prior to that fixture, Scotland had seen a maximum of one goal in five of their past six appearances, as the exception came in a 1-1 stalemate in their final Euros play-off with Serbia.
Even that only breached the under 1.5 goals threshold courtesy of Luka Jovic’s 90th-minute equalizer, before they again triumphed on penalties to reach a first major tournament since 1998.
Still, Scotland lost 1-0 in their most recent road trips during the last international break away at Slovakia and Israel themselves, so we’re happy to side with the hosts in this one.
Those recent head-to-head encounters suggest another tight encounter, with the one-goal winning margin also holding some appeal.