Israel vs Switzerland Match Analysis & Prediction
15/11/2023 10:45 pm
Israel will be back in action on Wednesday to face Switzerland in the second of four matches in 10 days in Euro 2024 qualifying.
After suffering defeat in Kosovo on Sunday, anything but a win will make automatic progression extremely dufficult for Israel, while Switzerland will seal a spot at next summer’s finals with a victory.
Israel enter this contest knowing they need a win to keep their fate in their own hands heading into the final two matchday to come, following a slightly surprising slip-up in Pristina on Sunday, as Alon Hazan’s side looked bogged down on a terrible surface in Kosovo and lost 1-0.
The result now means Israel have lost seven of their last 11 matches outside their home country, and given the conflict back home, this game will also be played away in neutral Hungary.
Hazan’s side played themselves into contention during the June and September internationals, taking 10 points from 12 available, but the postponement of their matches in October on safety grounds makes the challenge extremely difficult as they must play all of their remaining games this week.
However, Israel have struggled against strongers sides in the group, as their three victories came against Belarus (twice) and Andorra.
Anther defeat against the top-seeded side in the group here will not definitely end their hopes of progression though, as they would remain five points behind Romania, who they then face on matchday nine.
Israel would then need a favour off Switzerland who play Romania a few days later, and hope they can get the job done themselves against Andorra.
The logistics are much more simple for Switzerland, win on Wednesday and their spot at the finals in nearby Germany next year will be confirmed.
That is despite a very underwhelming qualifying section which sees them enter the final window in second place behind Romania.
However, a defeat here would threaten the Swiss’ chances of qualifying automatically greatly, and they have slipped up on more than one occasion in this section.
Having led in matches against Romania and Belarus at home and away to Kosovo, Switzerland failed to win any of them, dropping points often in calamitous circumstances.
An injury-time double from Valentin Mihaila saw Switzerland throw away a 2-0 lead against Romania, before Vedat Muriqi also snatched a point for Kosovo in the 94th minute when they met in Pristina.
In Switzerland’s only qualifier in October, they inexplicably almost lost at home to Belarus and were very lucky to claim a draw having entered the 89th minute 3-1 down.
It could all be done and dusted here, but a defeat makes it highly likely that it could go down to the final matchday where they will face Romania, and should that happen, manager Murat Yakin will start to feel the pressure even more from a nation that is not wholly convinced in his leadership.
Israel vs. Switzerland Head to head
In the five previous meetings between these two teams, Switzerland have claimed one victory while they have drawn in four.
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Israel Team News
A first-half injury to Sagiv Yehezkel against Kosovo on Sunday is a huge blow given the form he has been showing for club side Antalyaspor in recent weeks,
Gabi Kanichowsky replaced him, and saw Eran Zahavi move up front, and a similar swicth could be made from the start, while Roy Revivo was sent off in injury time on Sunday and will be unavailable.
Israel's Last 5 Matches
Switzerland Team News
Yakin is able to call upon goalkeeper Gregor Kobel after injury ruled him out of October’s break, while Eray Comert and Filip Ugrinic have also come back into the fold.
Djibril Sow, Jordan Lotomba and Breel Embolo are among the main injury absentees, while Haris Seferovic, Steven Zuber and Silvan Widmer continue to be overlooked.
Switzerland's Last 5 Matches
Israel vs. Switzerland: Odds and Predictions
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