Israel take on the visitors Romania in the round 9 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Saturday, November 18th at Pancho Arena (Felcsút).
Despite the situation in the country, having to play home matches on neutral ground, and other difficulties, the Israelis continue to fight for a spot in the Euros. The theoretical chances of making it to the main tournament of the Old World still exist. The goal for the upcoming match is only a victory. Even a draw will not satisfy the potential hosts, not to mention a loss. I don't know if the "blue and white" can prevail over the opponent, but at the very least, they should not lose. A few days before the meeting with Romania at the same stadium, the Israeli national team took points from Switzerland (1-1). In the 8 rounds of Euro qualification, they suffered only two defeats, both away. Israelis have not lost at home or on neutral ground in the current qualification.
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In their previous Euro qualification match, Romania demolished Andorra (4-0), but that match was at home, and the opponent was very weak. Outside their country in the current qualification, the "Yellow-Reds" often struggle and drop points. If the away draw with the Swiss (2-2) can be considered a positive result, what can be said about a 0-0 with Kosovo and Belarus? Israelis couldn't beat Romanians in the first match of this year's qualification cycle (1-1) or in a friendly match last March (2-2). The "Yellow-Reds" have weaknesses that can be exploited, especially considering that even a draw will suit them, automatically qualifying the team for the Euros.
I fully admit that the Israelis might take points from one of the group leaders in this match. In the current qualification cycle, the "Yellow-Reds" couldn't defeat this opponent even on their home turf in Bucharest (1-1). So why not grab at least one point against the Romanians, even if not at home but on neutral ground? Outside their country, the "Yellow-Reds" are not so formidable in the current Euro qualification, and Israel represents a solid national team. Even a conditional draw ensures the guests' early qualification for the final part of the tournament, so it will suit them entirely. My prediction is 1X; the hosts will not lose.
Prediction for the match: Israel not to lose (1X).