On March 31, assuming the matches are not postponed due to coronavirus, we will know the identity of the winner of Path C of Euro 2020 qualifying.
That means that one of Norway, Serbia, Scotland or Israel will earn their place at the tournament courtesy of winning through the play-off system, entering into Group D against competition favourites England, World Cup finalists Croatia and the Czech Republic.
Scotland and Israel will contest their play-off semi-final in Glasgow on March 26, and unlike some other matches in Europe there has been no order made as yet to play it behind closed doors due to Covid-19.
So, thousands of spectators will cram into Hampden Park to give the hosts their trademark raucous reception.
It will be cold too, and this will be a unique atmosphere for the Israeli players to have to deal with. They weren’t all that impressive in qualifying either, so is this a simple and straightforward home win in the offing?
Let’s find out in our Scotland vs Israel predictions.
1. Scotland vs Israel Betting Odds
The Scotland vs Israel betting odds have been released, and we were pleasantly surprised to see the Scots available at a price as long as 1.90. As we will find out in the rest of this preview, that is excellent value.
However, bettors who want to go against the grain can back Israel at 4.50, while the draw is available at 3.50.
Then of course we have the ‘To Qualify’ market, which settles bets even if the match goes to extra time or penalties. In this category, we can bet on Scotland at 1.40 and Israel at 2.75.
2. Scotland vs Israel Preview
Neither of these teams are exactly regulars in major international football tournaments, and that explains the importance of this match.
Looking at Euro 2020 qualifying, we would surmise that Scotland are in better shape right now.
Yes, they lost home and away to Belgium, but there’s no shame in that, and they also lost to a Russian side who were on a high after their World Cup exploits on home soil.
But Scotland beat Cyprus home and away and that’s a positive, and they did what was expected of them against Kazakhstan and San Marino too.
Another advantage that Scotland has on Israel is that they have some excellent players with experience at an elite-level. Andy Robertson is part of a Champions League and (probably) Premier League winning squad at Liverpool, while Kieran Tierney has also played lots of Champions League football.
John McGinn was a revelation in the Premier League this term up until he got injured, while John Fleck and Oli McBurnie have shown their quality in the English top-flight too.
And then we have 18-year-old Billy Gilmour, who has just broken into the first team at Chelsea and looks to be a fine prospect.
Israel, with just eleven points in qualifying, have to consider themselves lucky to even be in the play-offs.
They did beat Austria, which is a feather in their cap, but they lost four of their five away games and that shows that they do not travel well. Ahead of a trip to a fierce Glasgow welcome, that does not bode well.
3. Scotland vs Israel Betting Tips
Man for man, Scotland are a better side than Israel and they are pretty reliable on home soil too.
The home team have to be supported in our Scotland vs Israel betting tips, and actually just looking at the prices we can say that the 1.90 available on a Scots win is outstanding value.
Israel kept just one clean sheet in ten qualification matches, and that goes to show the weaknesses that exist in their team.
So there’s no need to pursue any other bets: it’s a Scotland win for us.
4. Scotland vs Israel Live Stream
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