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These two sides have already squared off three times in the past two years and they’ve been tight encounters, each winning by one-goal margins on home turf in the inaugural Nations League and playing out a draw here at Hampden Park in the current edition.
This time, a path to the Euros is at stake, with Norway or Serbia to come following this one-legged tie, but it would be a surprise if either team were able to settle this one comfortably.
Both Teams To Score
Only two of Israel’s eight matches over the past 13 months have seen one side or the other win by more than a single strike, though they don’t appear in great shape having triumphed in just one of these (W1-D3-L4).
Both teams found the net in all but one of the eight games, as has been the case in all three recent head to heads with Scotland, as neither team have been great at registering clean sheets.
Steve Clarke will take comfort from a run of four wins from five unbeaten matches, with the stalemate coming against Israel themselves, but their sole shutout in this run came when hosting minnows San Marino.
Excluding encounters with them, Scotland have kept their opponents at bay in just three of their last 22 appearances and none of the past 11. Given both teams have scored in each of their last four matches now, combined with Israel’s consistent success in this market, a price hovering around evens appears to hold healthy value.
Scotland And Israel To Draw 1-1
Scotland haven’t enjoyed the ideal conditions to prepare for this clash with only eight players taking part in training on Monday, and Israel have shown themselves to be no pushovers.
Poland were the only side to send them to the cleaners during their Euro qualifiers, much like Scotland were pushed around by Belgium and more worryingly Russia, though the visitor’s record on the road gives cause for alarm.
Israel are a terrible W2-D1-L9 away from home since the start of 2017, with the two victories coming over minnows Liechtenstein and Latvia, so despite their draw at this same venue in their last road trip, we’d be reluctant to swing behind them on the Asian Handicap.
They haven’t appeared too dissimilar in their two games under new boss Willi Ruttensteiner so far, which they drew 1-1 with Scotland and Slovakia, and with each of their past five stalemates finishing that way the correct score could be worth paying attention to.