It’s the first ever World Cup qualifier predictions weekend for the 2022 competition in Qatar. As always here at BettingTips.net, our team are on hand to deliver the best World Cup qualifier tips, predictions and more for our selected fixtures each international break.
For our World Cup qualifier predictions today, we’re focussing on the most common fixture in international football, as Israel and Scotland face-off yet again. Read on below to find our World Cup qualifier, tips, betting info and predictions for this crunch tie.
Israel were unable to capitalise on their advantage of being able to play their opening two games at home, losing 2-0 to group favourites Denmark. They will be hoping o turn things around against a Scotland side they know very well and beat at home back in November’s Nations League match. Celtic star Nir Bitton won’t come up against some of his teammates after being sent home from the squad camp with an injury. This doesn’t write the Israelites off in our World Cup qualifier predictions though with veteran striker Eran Zahavi still fit and frightening.
After a few near misses, a stonewall penalty being denied and failing to capitalise on a goal keeping error, Scotland shrugged off most World Cup qualifier predictions to draw 2-2 with Austria in their opener. A John McGinn wonder goal clinched a point for Scotland to cap off a spirited performance that shows the boys in blue may have turned a corner. In the past, this could well have ended up being filed away alongside Scotland’s large back catalogue of ‘glorious failures’, but this current crop have proven that they can’t be beaten easily.
No two international sides have played each other more in recent times than Scotland and Israel. This Sunday’s clash is the 6th competitive meeting between these sides since November 2018. Israel narrowly have the better of Scotland having won two of the five meetings, with two ending in draws and Scotland winning one. The last meeting did come directly after Scotland’s Euro 2021 playoff final victory over Serbia, so Israel will be aware that they’re hosting a fresher and more focussed Scotland this time around.
Below we’ve provided the result fo the last three games between these sides as well as three statistical highlights. We’ve used all of this information and more in order to bring you this World Cup qualifier prediction weekend here at BettingTips.net.
Having analysed the above information, our World Cup qualifier predictions suggest a draw on Sunday.
Thursday night was the first time that Steve Clarke’s side had scored more than two goals in a game in seven outings. More telling though, is the fact that it was the first time they conceded more than a single goal since their 4-0 loss to Russia way back in october 2019. Israel themselves are relatively tight at the back, therefore another low scoring encounter is likely on the cards. Scotland will go to Tel Aviv confident they can get something out of the game following the spirited manner of their draw against Austria on Thursday night, but Israel will be determined not lose back to back games at home. The two sides will be strong but cautious, which should result in a stalemate. That’s why we’re backing a draw at odds of 3.1 with Bet365.