These two have sides have become extremely familiar with one another in recent years, meeting six times since October 2018.
They’ve all been competitive encounters, with no side beating the other by more than a single goal, as Israel have shaded the meetings with a W2-D3-L1 record.
Both of Israel’s wins did come on home turf however, so Steve Clarke will fancy his side to take charge at Hampden Park and cement their grip on second place in the group.
Scotland are a mixed W4-D4-L5 over their past 13 fixtures, with the victories coming over the Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Moldova and Austria.
Although three of those sides they would expect to put away, that last result will hand them confidence, especially as it came on the road where they haven’t enjoyed so much recent success.
Scotland To Win By One Goal
Back on home turf, Scotland are W6-D3-L2 since October 2019, with those defeats both coming at Euro 2020 against the Czech Republic and Croatia.
Across all venues, 13 of Scotland’s 17 matches since October 2020 have seen fewer than three goals, with at least one side failing to score in 12 of these.
Scotland To Win 1-0
Six of their past seven victories have come by a one-goal margin, with five of them ending 1-0, as the exception came against minnows Luxembourg as they ran out 4-0 winners.
The hosts will hope to win this game in midfield where the returns of Scott McTominay and Callum McGregor strengthens Steve Clarke’s hand, with Billy Gilmour and John McGinn rounding off a strong contingent.
Gilmour has added measured control to proceedings in his four starts for the national side, especially when drawing with England at Euro 2020 and in the most recent outing against Austria.
Under 2.5 Goals
McGinn provides a much-needed threat in the absence of a high-grade striker, with 10 goals from 12 starts in qualifiers since September 2019, though Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes are both capable of chipping in as well.
Israel’s preparations for this clash haven’t been quite so smooth and particularly in defence.
Experienced centre-back duo Eitan Tibi and Orel Dgani are both unavailable, while Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Patrick van Leeuwen has been less than impressed with the Israeli FA for calling up Idan Nachmias, who he claims is nowhere near full fitness following a shoulder injury.
SCOTLAND TO WIN BY ONE GOAL
SCOTLAND TO WIN 1-0
UNDER 2.5 GOALS