Two teams that will be looking to qualify for the European Championships will learn their fate this weekend, as Scotland and Israel meet at Hampden Park. But, only one of the nations will be able to qualify for the finals of this pool.
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Scotland have known for a while that their chances of qualifying for the European Championships will hinge on this route. They finished nine points behind second-placed Russia in Group I in the qualifying stages, but they were given a second opportunity due to the fact that they are a host nation. In the group stage, they won five of their ten games, and lost the remaining five games. They have started their Nations League campaign in decent form, as they are unbeaten in two at present.
Scotland opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against the playoff opponents this weekend, with Ryan Christie scoring the goal for the Scots. That draw was followed up with a first win of their campaign against the Czech Republic. Lydon Dykes and Christie scored the goals in that win, and their form will give them confidence going into this fixture.
Israel were also rewarded for their Nations League performance with a place in the playoffs, but the odds will be stacked against them in Path C. In the qualifying stages, Israel finished in fifth place, but did manage to win three of their ten games. They won twice against Latvia, and beat Austria. Israel have drawn their last two games 1-1, with one of those draws coming against Scotland. The second of the draws came against Slovakia in their last game. Ilay Elmkies scored a late equaliser to salvage a point for Israel in that fixture.
Scotland vs Israel Head To Head
Scotland have won four of the six fixtures against Israel. These two nations have faced each other on three occasions in the past two years, with Israel winning once, Scotland winning once and one match ending in a draw. Israel’s only win over Scotland came in October 2018.
Scotland vs Israel Prediction
There will be pressure on Scotland to get the win that they need from this fixture, as they will be considered as the team to beat in Path C. However, this could be a potentially difficult game for them as Israel have a number of quality players. Regardless, Scotland should be able to get the win.
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