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Scotland v Israel betting tips: Familiar foes face off once more

| 06.10.2021

Scotland v Israel betting tips and odds

These familiar foes meet yet again on Saturday and we have picked out some Scotland v Israel betting tips for a crucial Group F clash in World Cup qualifying.

Second-placed Scotland are one point clear of their visitors and victory at Hampden Park would go a long way to securing a play-off berth, with unbeaten leaders Denmark looking out of reach.

This is the seventh meeting between these teams in three years so they will know all about each other but here we pick out some of the best bets.

Match Odds

All six of the recent meetings were competitive games and another close encounter looks likely this weekend.

Each team enjoyed one win apiece in the Nations League in 2018 before two successive draws at Hampden Park last autumn, firstly in the Nations League and then in a Euro 2020 qualifying play-off which Scotland won on penalties.

Israel edged a 1-0 home win last November but Ryan Fraser’s second-half equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Scotland in the World Cup qualifier in March.

Given that neither team has won this fixture by more than one goal, a draw looks a good option for Scotland v Israel betting tips at 9/4, while Steve Clarke’s men are the 10/11 favourites and Israel are 10/3 for the win.

The last four meetings have produced just five goals so this hardly has the makings of a classic, especially with important points at stake.

At least one team not to score is priced at 7/10 while under 2.5 goals is 4/7 which has paid out in the last four games. Two of those ended 1-1 and that scoreline is 5/1 to be repeated.

Neither team has scored before the 44th minute in the four most recent meetings and a goalless first half has to be considered at 13/10.

Talking Tactics

Scotland boss Clarke must assess whether some of his players are fit enough to start but insisted he had no qualms about including midfielders Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong in his squad.

The Celtic captain recently missed four club matches with a hamstring injury but at least returned to the starting line-up at Aberdeen on Sunday and lasted the full 90 minutes.

Armstrong has not played a minute for Southampton this season but returns having pulled out through injury ahead of the 2-0 loss to Denmark last month.

Israel may opt for a more attacking approach than they have shown in recent meetings with Scotland.

They were hammered 5-0 by Denmark last time out but thrashed the Faroe Islands (4-0) and Austria (5-2) during the same international break and are 3/1 to score at least two goals in Glasgow.

Goalscorer Odds

Eran Zahavi was Israel’s hero in those two wins last month, scoring a hat-trick against the Faroes and a brace against Austria.

The PSV Eindhoven striker has 31 goals in 67 appearances for his country and is 4/1 to score in an Israel win or 9/2 to open the scoring.

Che Adams is yet to get off the mark for Southampton this season but is the 4/1 favourite to strike first.

More in-form players include Lyndon Dykes, who has six goals in all competitions this season for QPR and is 9/2 to break the deadlock.

John McGinn is in fine form for Aston Villa too and is 13/5 to find the net in our Scotland v Israel betting tips, having already scored three goals at Hampden Park during this campaign.

Match Info

Where: Hampden Park

When: 17:00, Saturday 9th October

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Andrew McDermott