Israel vs England by 20legend
England was one of the clear favorites to win the tournament, and certainly to proceed from this group together with Italy. However, England failed in a tournament once again, as they lost 0-1 to Italy, and got smashed by Norway (1-3) in their last match. Even if the English team had most of the ball possession, they were not able to outplay Norway at all. England’s only chances came after set-pieces when Caulker (defender) and Dawson (defender) were serious threats to the Norwegian defense. England’s only goal so far in this tournament have come from the penalty spot, which tells us quite a bit about the offensive players in the English squad. They have nothing to play for here but glory. However, it is important for the English team to win at least this game, as the word glory means a lot in English football. Their self-confidence is very low, but the opportunity to contribute so that the Israelian team gets knocked out for sure as well, will give them at least something positive to aim for in this game.
I think that England will have a very good chance to win here, even if they are knocked out already. Israel have not been able to deliver in their own tournament, which not was expected either, but they have been very boring to watch in the two previous games. Israel could proceed, but they must rely on so many factors that it seems totally unlikely to happen. They cannot beat England with their current performances, but they have to try, and give 100% when the first whistle blows. I think that England will show to themselves that they can deliver on a higher level, and this is the perfect moment to do so. Three points in the group is a lot better than zero points, and the word glory means a lot here. The England Captain, and Liverpool player Jordan Henderson, said immediately after the loss against Norway that only a victory against Israel was expected from the squad. He stated the point of playing for England, and the meaning of what’s expected from each and every one, when their take on the England-shirt, no matter what kind of game it is. However, England is out of another tournament and it will be hard for the players to be top motivated ahead of this fixture, but they are still favorites.
I can’t really see Israel winning this match as they have been so poor in their previous matches so far. They have been especially bad defensively, and they have not been any impressive offensively either, as they have only scored one goal from actual playing, while conceding all their six goals from actual play. These two teams met in a friendly match back in 2011, when England beat Israel 4-1. I am expecting at least a 1-2 or 1-3 result in England’s favor today, but when we see the way that lost against Norway and there is a question on how their motivation turns out, I will stick to goals rather than 1x2 here, even If I am quite sure that England will win. We should be seeing an Israelian team that must give it all and win here, in order to still hope for proceeding. England will prove to themselves that they can deliver better, and also make it certain that Israel don’t precede either. England has better players for sure, while Israel must try to create something from set-pieces or possible counter-attacks. At least three goals should be highly possible in this final match in the group stage. The odds at Pinnacle has currently dropped from 1.85 --> 1.78, so it seems like the market also think that over 2.5 goals should be possible.
|Over 2,5 goals||Pinnacle||1.78||10||1-0 LOST (-10 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.