Israel face Romania on Saturday night in a crunch Euro 24 qualification encounter. Both sides can still make next year’s tournament, although Israel will need a victory plus other results going in their favour. For Romania, the path is much simpler, if they can avoid defeat on Saturday they will book their place in next Summer’s tournament.
Most betting apps are struggling to separate the two teams, indicating that these are two evenly matched squads. So do our sports betting gurus think this will end in stalemate, or are they predicting that one of the teams will emerge victorious? Read on to find out.
Israel have never qualified for a European Championships, but this week represents a huge chance for them to rectify that. At the very least, they can book a place in playoffs, but should they beat Romania, and follow that up with a final day win over Andorra, they can squeeze into the top two.
Shon Weissman’s late equalizer against Switzerland earlier in the week has kept their hopes alive. The big problem for Israel is that they have struggled to find the net in recent games. They’ve scored just three goals in their last 4 games, something that needs to change if they are to progress.
One point is all that Romania need to secure Euro 2024 qualification. However, if they lose on Saturday, they will face a huge final day ‘make or break’ clash with Switzerland. Defensively, Romania have been excellent and have conceded just four goals in eight group games. Given the circumstances of Saturday’s game, expect them to deploy a cautious game plan as they look to secure a vital point.
The two sides drew 1-1 when they met earlier in the group stage. That game was the 27th encounter between the teams, with Romania holding a 14-7 head-to-head advantage. The Romanians are unbeaten in three games against Israel, a run that stretches back to 2010.
At the bottom of this article, you can find our key stats for the game. These stats will give you valuable insights and help you find the best betting odds for the fixture.
The bookies make Israel slight outsiders and they are currently priced at 9/5 for the victory. Romania are 8/5 to take home all three points, with the draw available at 12/5.
Our betting bonus tip is for a draw. These are two closely matched teams, and whilst Israel will be desperate for a victory, Romania have enough defensive quality to secure the point they need. 12/5 is not the most generous price you will find for a draw, but given the circumstances of the game, we think this represents solid value.
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