A troubling period off the field will see Israel play three times in seven days in EURO qualification to round off their campaign. Their home match against Romania will be played in Hungary, with a win likely to be enough to send their challenge for a qualifying spot to the final day.
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A huge challenge awaits the Israel players on Saturday, as they must put the war in their home country to one side when taking to the field for their clash against Romania. Due to the ongoing conflict, the showdown between these nations will be played in Hungary, but there will be pressure on the players to put in a solid performance, as they are well in the mix for a place in the top two.
Israel currently sits third in the standings, but they could take their fight for a spot in the EUROs next summer to the final day if they picked up victory on Saturday. However, they will have the added benefit of having a playoff to fall back on if they fall short in their goal of finishing above either Romania or Switzerland.
Romania are the current unlikely leaders in Group I, as they have won four and drawn four of their eight matches in the qualification campaign. Their defensive record has been excellent to this point, as they have conceded just four goals. It would be an excellent run to reach the major tournament, as they look to compete in the EUROs for the sixth time since 1984.
Their form this calendar year has been excellent, as they are yet to lose a competitive fixture. However, they have played out four draws in their previous six matches. But, they did get back to winning ways with a 4-0 home win over Andorra last month.
Israel vs Romania Head to Head
Romania has won 14 of the 27 previous encounters between these nations, while Israel has landed six victories over the same period. Each of the last two meetings between the sides have ended in draws, including a 1-1 stalemate in September. But, Israel are unbeaten in three against Romania since a 2-0 defeat in March 2010.
Israel vs Romania Prediction
This is an exciting fixture in Group I, and it could go either way this weekend. However, the preference is for Israel to land maximum points, as they look to close the gap on the teams in the top two positions in the standings.
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