Israel have never qualified for a European Championship, although there’s a chance that Alon Hazan can guide the national team to Germany, with the team still capable of securing a top two berth in Group I. They are ultimately in a three-way tussle with Romania and Switzerland but there is the safety net of a play-off spot.

The obvious disadvantage is that the fixture has been understandably moved to a neutral ground, with the Israelis having previously been able to scoop two wins and a draw in front of their own supporters. However, they will be encouraged by the fact that Switzerland have been defensively porous on more than one occasions this term.

The Swiss might have scored twenty goals in seven games although they have also conceded eight. After recently taking the lead against Belarus, Murat Yakin’s team then found themselves 3-1 down before managing to rescue a point. However, this side haven’t lost a match since being thrashed by Portugal at the last sixteen stage of the 2022 World Cup.

Israel will hope that Oscar Gloukh can continue performing brightly in order to aid their cause and the nineteen-year-old has already scored some important goals for his country. The Red Bull Salzburg player might have some joy against a defence which creaks, while captain Granit Xhaka is also a key player and is helping his club team perform well in the Bundesliga this term.


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