Israel v Wales Odds: Under pressure Bale tipped to answer his critics with a goal in Haifa

Saturday 28th March, 5.00pm - Israel v Wales

The top two nations in Group B of Euro 2016 qualifying meet at the Itztadion Sammy Ofer in Haifa on Saturday evening as Israel take on Wales. Israel have been the surprise package in the group as they have won all three of their games to sit on top of the standings, while Wales have collected eight points to sit in second place, albeit they have played a game more than Israel.

  • Israel are unbeaten in 5 competitive home matches since 2012 - Won 2, Drawn 3
  • Omer Damari has scored 5 goals in 3 Group B appearances for Israel
  • Wales are unbeaten in Group B - Won 2, Drawn 2

It is sure to be an intimidating away day for Chris Coleman's side but they have already shown that they can mix it with some of the best in Europe when they drew 0-0 in Belgium during their last group game. That result means they have now won two and drawn two in Group B and they are 5/2 for the win with Betfred this weekend

It is Israel who are best price 13/10 favourites ahead of what is a big couple of days for them as Eli Guttman's men come up against Belgium in the week. Ranked 26th in the world, Israel are bidding to reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1970 and they have certainly been in fine form as they are unbeaten in their last five competitive home games (won two, drawn three).

Guttman has opted for a more youthful approach with this team and it appears to be paying dividends, with Omer Damari in fine form. Damari has scored in all three qualifiers so far, notching five goals in total, and he is 13/2 to score first or 12/5 to score at anytime with Bet Victor on Saturday.

Israel's games tend to be full value for entertainment as their last 26 outings have involved at least two goals, while eight of their last ten internationals at home have produced over 2.5 goals and both teams have scored in seven of those. Over 2.5 goals is an 11/8 punt with Ladbrokes, who go 21/20 for both teams to score.

However, Israel are not infallible on home soil as they have won just one of their last five internationals at home overall and Slovakia won here, while Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan both picked up draws. Such results should fill a resurgent Wales team with confidence and Chris Coleman's men are unbeaten in six competitive matches since 2013, including their last three away games (won one, drawn two).

Much will depend on Gareth Bale on Saturday and the Welsh star will be keen to deliver after suffering heavy criticism from Real Madrid fans in recent months. Bale is 6/1 to score first or 9/4 to score at anytime and his pace on the break could prove crucial as Wales will look to frustrate their hosts before striking on the counter. The Welsh have shown in the past that they are capable of stifling opposition and the half-time draw makes great appeal at 21/20 with Bet 365 as neither side will want to give too much away early on in what could be a pivotal Group B encounter.

Israel v Wales Form

Check the season's statistics for both Israel and Wales, plus the odds ahead of Saturday's match.

Israel Stats | Wales Stats

Israel v Wales Tips

Tip #1: Half-time draw @ 21/20 with Bet 365.*
Tip #2: Omer Damari to score first @ 13/2 with Bet Victor.
Tip #3: Gareth Bale to score anytime @ 9/4 with Bet Victor.
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Posted: Friday, 27th March 2015
Author: Chris Knight

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