By Maryam Naz
19th November 2018
Andreas Herzog’s men will make the long trek to Hampden Park to face the Scots in the latest of the UEFA Nations League C clashes. A win here for the home side could ensure them safe passage into next summer’s finals, making this Tuesday’s clash all the more crucial.
Scotland vs Israel: odds and predictions
Alex McLeish’s men are priced as 3/4 favourites in our Scotland vs Israel predictions and betting tips, with the travelling side trading at 19/5 and a potential draw forecast at 13/5.
Despite the odds pitched against them, on paper, Scotland appears to be the stronger outfit. In the aftermath of last month’s reverse fixture, they have stringed together a few wins and are now coasting into much calmer waters.
In last week’s clash against Albania, they netted four goals, matching what they had scored in ninety minutes to what they did in their previous six games combined.
A dominant performance against Christian Panucci’s men was initiated by the triple ‘F’: Fraser, Fletcher and Forrest, all of whom made it onto the score-sheet in a rampant attacking display.
The latter man, James Forrest, is our pick to score first, with the betting forecast at 17/2, and between the three, we’re wagering that at least one will initiate the goal-scoring.
Yet if McLeish’s men have learnt anything from their loss at the Haifa International Stadium, it’s that the Israeli’s are no push-overs.
Their attacking charge is led by Munas Dabbur, who has already scored 20 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions. His pace and strength on the ball will cause the likes of Andy Robertson and co defensive issues, especially during set-pieces and corners.
The Israelian striker is projected to score first with his chances, priced at 8/1, stacked against the Scottish attackers.
Scotland vs Israel head-to-head: (most recent first) Scotland 1-2 Israel, Scotland 1-0 Israel, Scotland 3-1 Israel, Scotland 0-1 Israel.
Scotland vs Israel predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Scotland to win 2-1, trading @ 15/2
Unlike the last encounter between these two sides, our betting tipsters are swaying in the favour of a Scottish win.
Scotland have lost just one of their last 12 competitive home games (W8 D3), and the odds suggest that they’ll extend this run on Tuesday evening.
Considering that they are playing on home turf, with their attacking trio operating in perfect harmony, there seems to be a victory on the cards for McLeish’s men to instigate safe passage into the UEFA Nations League finals.
Best bet: Both teams to score, odds @ EVS
Scotland have lost four of their last five matches on home soil, winning their recent tie against Albania.
Yet while we do not project them to lose this Tuesday, the second of our Scotland vs Israel predictions and betting tips do not expect them to emerge with a clean sheet intact.
In the reverse fixture at the Haifa International, they were done for pace which led to individual mistakes from Kieran Tierney and John Souttar.
If the Scots do not shore up defensively then they will have a hard time in keeping Herzog’s men off the score-sheet, and this is exactly what we’re expecting the away side to defy.
Fraser has been directly involved in 13 goals in 16 appearances for club and country combined in 2018-19 (five goals and eight assists).
For his domestic side, Bournemouth, he has been prolific both in front of goal and on the left-wing where his crossing delivery has aided fellow team-mate Callum Wilson in netting goal after goal.
We expect him to have a similar effect on the likes of Forrest and Steven Fletcher, but the last of our Scotland vs Israel predictions and betting tips goes one better in forecasting him to score first at Hampden Park.
Scotland vs Israel stats: Opta
- Scotland have won three of their four previous meetings with Israel in all competitions, though they did lose against them in their most recent meeting in October (1-2 in the Nations League).
- Scotland’s only previous home game against Israel came in April 1981 in a World Cup qualifier, Scotland winning 3-1 thanks to a John Robertson brace and a David Provan strike.
- Scotland have lost just one of their last 12 competitive home games (W8 D3), remaining unbeaten in each of their last seven (W4 D3).
- Israel have won each of their last three games by an aggregate score of 11-1. They’ve not won four in a row since November 2014.
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.