Scotland kicks off their Nations League campaign in Group B2 after ten months of no-action against side Israel. The match schedules for Friday at the Hampden Park with kickoff at 6:45 pm.
Both sides qualified for the Euros 2020 and will be looking forward to the match as a dress rehearsal. Steve Clarke’s charge at the helm was peaked at the end of last year. The side went on to win three European qualifiers against side San Marino, Kazakhstan, and Cyprus, building to a three-match winning streak.
On the other hand, things are not that jubilant for side Israel. The side head into the match after two losses against North Macedonia and Poland. The side registered only one win in their last seven matches. A win for either side will elevate the confidence as both sides prepared for the Euros coming in next month.
Scotland has struggled over the past decade to maintain consistency at this level of competition. The side contends on changing the tides to mark history this season. Clarke gears for a fourth consecutive win that will top their 2007 run record under former manager Alex McLeish with a six winning streak.
There is little to ride on this Friday meeting for both sides. However, Israel will travel to Scotland with a mission to prove a point and change their fortune ahead of the Euros.
Scotland vs. Israel Head to Head
Both sides have never met in their histories at this level of competition. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Scotland 3-1 Kazakhstan
Cyprus 1-2 Scotland
Scotland 6-0 San Marino
Russia 4-0 Scotland
Scotland 0-4 Belgium
North Macedonia 1-0 Israel
Israel 1-2 Poland
Israel 3-1 Latvia
Austria 3-1 Israel
Slovenia 3-1 Israel
Scotland Team News
After falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford, Scott McTominay will regain his start in the midfield role alongside Callum McGregor. John McGinn will be looking to have an attacking midfield role with Lyndon Dykes leading the attacking line. Fullbacks Tierney and Robertson will each land a role on the flanks.
Israel Team News
Ofir Marciano sets to warm up the bench with Celtic skipper Nir Bitton leading the goalkeeping department. The defense set-up includes the likes of Taleb Tawatha, Eitan Tibi, and Eli Dasa. Moanes Dabor will be leading the attacking line.
Prediction and Odds
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