By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 10th October 2018
Scotland will have to travel to the Haifa International Stadium this Thursday to face Israel in what should be an exciting UEFA Nations League C match-up. Both sides have struggled for form lately, despite possessing interesting attacking options.
Israel vs Scotland: Odds and Predictions
Scotland have been favoured with odds of 19/10, meanwhile, Andi Herzog’s side are 29/20 outsiders, and a potential draw projected at a more appealing 11/5.
Alex McLeish’s side will be hopeful of emerging as victors against Israel given that they have an impressive track record against the Blue and White’s.
This will be the fourth match between Scotland and Israel, with Scotland winning each of the previous three by an aggregate score of 5-1.
The Scots possess attacking outlets up front that could help them clinch the three points on the counter. Leading the charge is Bournemouth’s, Ryan Fraser.
Tipped with odds of 11/1, Fraser has already netted three goals in his opening eight appearances, which why he is our pick to score in our Israel vs Scotland predictions.
The Tartan Army are firm favourites to win, but certain Israelian players will need to be marked tightly. Leading the charge is Salzburg’s Munas Dabbur.
A blistering start to the Bundesliga has seen him score seven goals in seven starts, and if the Scottish fullbacks aren’t wary, he will run riot in behind the back four.
Our betting tipsters are wagering him at 21/10 odds to get onto the score-sheet at anytime, but alas, Scotland’s attacking options may pose Israel with too much firepower.
Israel vs Scotland head-to-head: (most recent first) Israel 0-1 Scotland, Israel 1-3 Scotland, Israel 0-1 Scotland
Israel vs Scotland predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Scotland to win 2-1, trading @ 10/1
Things don’t look too promising for Herzog’s men.
Israel have lost eight of their last 10 matches in all competitions (W1 D1), including each of the last four.
The Scottish attack will look to exploit their unstable defence, and despite having lost their last two away games on the international scene without scoring, should have enough to see out the game.
Our betting tipsters have gone for a marginal win for the Scots priced at 10/1, considering the attacking flair that Ben Sahar can offer Israel up front.
But if you aren’t satisfied with these odds, then scroll down for our other match bets in our Israel vs Scotland predictions.
Best bet: Over 3.5 goals scored, wagered @ 10/3
An alternative scenario that contrasts with our initial wager is for a goal-fest to ensue at the Haifa International Stadium.
Scotland netted more goals in their last match versus Albania (2) than they did in their previous six games combined (1), suggesting that Israel could find themselves on the wrong end of a trouncing.
Meanwhile, Sahar and Munas Dabbur can provide an attacking threat in front of a shaky defensive set-up.
The stage is set for goals to flow, considering that both sides bear attacking prowess and defensive uncertainty.
Within this in mind, our betting tip for over 3.5 goals to be scored, with odds of 10/3 is a worthy shout for easy money.
Predicted scorer: Steven Naismith to score, tipped @ 6/1
The Scottish forward has impressed in both international and domestic colours this year.
A recent hat-trick against St Mirren proved his capabilities in front of goal, while a goal for the Tartan Army against Albania to clinch his side all three points makes him our pick to score in our Israel vs Scotland predictions.
Naismith’s ability to pick out players in more advanced positions will be essential against Herzog’s defensive tactical set-up.
Players like Fraser and Charlie Mulgrew will have to make cutting runs for the Scotsman to flourish in behind.
If any of the Scottish player’s score, William Hill’s traders are forecasting Naismith to be the most efficient in converting his chances, and at 6/1 he makes up part of our Israel vs Scotland predictions
Israel vs Scotland stats: Opta
- Scotland are looking to win consecutive matches for the first time since October 2017 when they won three in a row under Gordon Strachan.
- Scotland have lost their last two away games without scoring – they haven’t lost three consecutive games on the road without finding the net since a run of five ending in August 2010.
- Alex McLeish has won just two of his first six games with Scotland in his second stint (L4) – the same total the last two permanent managers also mustered after their first six (two wins each for Gordon Strachan and Craig Levein).
- Since his debut for them, Andrew Robertson has created more chances than any other Scotland player (37), though the Liverpool full-back is yet to provide an assist.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.