Scotland vs Israel / Nations League – The decisive match in the Group 1, Nations League C, will take place in Glasgow where two leading teams in the group will face each other. Scotland and Israel have won by six points and will decide in direct showdown who wins the group and continue competing, and ultimately qualify for the Nations League B. Scotland won its six points thanks to two wins over Albania, while Israel lost to Albania once but it won Scotland at home 2-1. Now, the Scots need the identical victory to climb at the first place or a sound victory, while everything else suit the Israelis.
Scotland vs Israel begins 20.11.2018 at 20:45 CET
It can be said that Scotland is in good position before the last match in its group although it still needs to win. It will enjoy home-field advantage and doesn’t have to win by high goal difference. Minimal victory but not with too many goals would be perfectly sufficient. They could have been in better position if they managed to preserve lead they had in Isreal but in the second half they lost steam and on top of it defender Souttar was sent off, so they lost by 2-1.
The Scots showed what they can in two duels with Albania, which they routinely defeated 2-0 at home, while in the previous round they did even better in Shkoder, Albania where they won by 4-0. Due to those six goals they have better goal difference than Israel, which might come handy. Manager McLeish has problem with injuries of several important players as he cannot count on stopper Mulgrew, left back Tierney, right back O’Donnell, and forwards Naysmith and Griffiths.
Probable lineups Scotland: A. McGregor – Paterson, Bates, McKenna, Robertson – Armstrong, C. McGregor – Forrest, Christie, Fraser – Fletcher
Given how they started in the Nations League the Israelis can be also satisfied with fact that they are still in the race for winning the first place before the last round. Israel lost away to Albania 1-0 in the first round and that was just one in row of weak results, given that they lost before and after friendlies with Romania and Northern Ireland. In the second round they faced Scotland and when they received the first goal it seemed that they are eliminated from all combinations but they have managed to turn the result up-side down and won, although having one player more.
That had put them back in the race, while in the previous round they revenged to the Albanians and won 2-0. They hadn’t exactly dominated the match and the guests had several chances they failed to put in good use. Several days ago the Israelis played a friendly with Guatemala, which was nice training for their forwards since they won by 7-0. Forward Dabbur had scored two goals, just like reservist Saba, who also scored against Albania after coming off the bench.
Probable lineups Israel: Harush – Yeini, Taha, Ben Harush – Dasa, Peretz, Kayal, Tawatha – B. Natcho – Zahavi, Dabbur
Scotland vs Israel PICK
Decisive match in the group could be very interesting. The Scots will enjoy home-field advantage which usually means a lot to them. They are also in a good shape and we expect to dominate and win Israel and win the first place in the group.
Pick: Scotland wins
Odds: 1.77 at bethard (down to 1.67 can be played)
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