10/8/20 2:45 pm
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Scotland is welcoming Israel to Hampden Park in the semifinals of the UEFA Euro Cup Qualification Playoffs.
Scotland is in a nice form, and they haven’t lost any of their last 5 games while winning 4 of those 5 games. During this stretch, Scotland has scored 14 goals while conceding only 4 goals. In their last match against the Czech Republic on the road, Scotland has had 50% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. The Czech Republic was playing without any of their standard players in this game because they were in quarantine, but Scotland still wasn’t able to be dominant. After conceding a goal in the 11th minute, Scotland tied the score in the 27th minute. In the 52nd minute, Scotland has scored another goal, and they have won this match 1-2. In the Euro Cup qualifications, McGinn has scored 7 goals for Scotland, and he is their leading goalscorer. Scotland has some fantastic players that are playing in the EPL, including Robertson from Liverpool who is one of the best left-backs in the world in my opinion. James Forrest is the only injured player for Scotland. I think Scotland is a good team, and I believe we will see them in the Euro Cup next year.
Israel is not a strong team with superstar players in their roster, but they can play good soccer, it just doesn’t happen that often. Israel has 2 draws in their first two Nations League game during which they scored and conceded 2 goals. Zahavi is the leading goalscorer for Israel in the Euro Cup qualifications with 11 goals, while Dabbur added 4 goals, and both of them are expected to be in the starting lineup in this match. In their last match against Slovakia at home, Israel was the dominant team with 65% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and high 91% of the correct passes. Despite their dominance, Israel was trailing since the 14th minute, but their dominance paid off in the 91st minute when Israel tied the game. The final score of this match was 1-1. There aren’t any reported injuries or suspensions in Israel as of right now. Israel is not in good form, and they don’t have a lot of depth, but the good news for them is that most of the teams in these playoffs are among the weaker teams in Europe, and Israel has the same chance as the most of them to qualify to the Euro Cup next year.
Scotland and Israel have played 3 times against each other, and each team has won 1 game, while one more game ended in a draw. Scotland was hosting Israel just a month ago, and that game ended in a draw, but Scotland has completely changed their formation in that game, and they weren’t playing well. I think Scotland is the better team here, and I will side with the home team.