Israel - Romania predictions and free betting tips [18/11/2023]
This Saturday, Israel, within the 9th round of the group stage of the European Championship qualifying tournament, will face Romania in Felskut, Hungary, at the Pancho Arena.
Israel: Glazer; Dasa, Vitor, Goldberg, Revivo; Do. Peretz, Navi, Abu Fani; Khalaili, Zahavi, Gloukh.
Romania: Moldovan; Ratiu, Dragusin, Burca, Bancu; Marin, Stanciu; Morutan, Hagi, Coman; Puscas.
Israel significantly deteriorated its position after playing two postponed matches in November. The team surprisingly lost 0:1 to Kosovo and then drew 1:1 with Switzerland. Now the squad sits in 3rd place with 12 points and owns a negative difference of goals scored and conceded. The head coach Alon Hazan utilises a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Due to the conflict, his team is forced to play its home games on neutral territory in Hungary, without the support of their fans. Moreover, the congested schedule causes the coaching staff to rotate the squad frequently and injuries have arisen. Israel struggles in creation, finding it hard to generate dangerous moments near the opponent's goal. But there's no doubt about the team's strong mental strength, clearly exemplified in the closing stages against Switzerland.
Romania, unbeaten in the qualifying tournament, is placed 2nd in the table. The team has earned a total of 16 points, with a goal difference of 13:4. Head coach Eduard Iordanescu utilises the 4-2-3-1 formation. In the last round, Romania demolished Andorra with a 4:0 score. The team faces the same problem as their opponent - lacking a prolific striker. The coaching staff is continually shuffling the line-up, with striker Puskas from the Italian league being called up again. Romania will likely play a defensive role, hold back and try to draw out the match.
These teams have faced each other 23 times, with Israel recording 5 wins and 11 losses. The first-round fixture in Romania ended in a 1:1 draw.
Match Prediction for Israel – Romania
The upcoming match for Israel is their last chance to cling on to a shot at qualifying for the European Championship. A difference of 4 points separates the teams and even a theoretical defeat for Romania still leaves them the favourites in the fight for the coveted ticket to the championship. The recommended bet – an Israel victory.
Total Goals Scored Forecast
Over the entire qualifying cycle, the Romanian team has conceded only 4 goals. Thanks to a robust defence, the team hasn't suffered a single defeat and knows how to neutralise the opponent's advances. I don't expect a high-scoring match.