Scotland v Israel Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

November 18, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Hampden Park - Nations League

This is a huge game for Scotland, with top spot in Group C1 of the Nations League up for grabs as they play Israel on Tuesday. The away team won the first meeting between the teams in this competition, and can secure promotion with a point.

Past Meetings

These two countries have only ever met three times. Israel won 2-1 in the Nations League last month, which was the first time the teams have played each other since qualifying for the 1982 when Scotland won home and away.

Team News

Ryan Fraser, Steven Fletcher and James Forrest were all on target in Scotland’s 4-0 victory over Albania at the weekend, and they should all keep their places here. Hamburg defender David Bates earned his first cap on Saturday, and he should also continue in defence with the likes of Charlie Mulgrew out.

Andi Herzog made sweeping changes to his team for Thursday’s friendly against Guatemala, so we can expect to see a much-changed side at Hampden. Ben Sahar and Tomer Hemed are two players known to Premier League fans, and they will expect to come into the XI here.

Scotland v Israel Preview and Predictions

It’s been a long time since Scottish football tasted glory, but this final game of their Nations League group gives Alex McLeish’s side the chance for just that. The Tartan Army will be in full voice as Scotland attempt to get the win which will see them gain promotion and guarantee themselves at least a play-off spot for Euro 2020.

The Scottish boss has been under mounting pressure after some poor recent results, but his position would become a lot stronger with a victory on Tuesday. Scotland took the lead when the countries played in Israel last month, but they couldn’t hold on as their hosts came back to win 2-1.

Back at Hampden, Scotland are favourites to get the win here, which will give them the safety net of a play-off spot for Euro 2020 if their qualifying campaign doesn’t go to plan. The home team are 4/5 for the win, while Israel are available at 4/1.

Neither side is at risk of relegation to the bottom tier of Nations League groups, while a draw would be enough for Israel to top the section. If you think the visitors will get the point they need, it’s priced at 13/5.

Recommended Bets

Scotland to win and BTTS at 7/2

The hosts are favourites for the win, but they conceded twice against Israel last month and have injury problems at the back.

Steven Fletcher to score first at 11/2

The Sheffield Wednesday striker scored a penalty against Albania, and should get the nod to start up front once again.

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