Italy vs Israel
Italy suffered defeat last Saturday evening away to Spain which was somehow expected, but three goals margin would surely be too much for the nation that always has great role in the bigger competitions worldwide. After this defeat, it's sure that the Italians will be going for the second position only and will need to make sure not to get jeopardized by third placed Albania that has four points less.
Also, they'll need to think about goal difference as well for second placed ranked sides, so a team should be more than motivated in this one - also to improve the image of themselves after defeat in Spain. They actually didn't look that poor on the field and had their chances as well, but the Spaniards were simply way more concrete, taking the double lead inside the first halftime with two goals from Isco, while Morata sealed their victory in 77th, without response from the visiting team.
Defenders Mattia De Sciglio (31/0), Giorgio Chiellini (92/7) and Leonardo Bonucci (71/5, suspended) are missing, same as midfielder Claudio Marchisio (55/5) in comparison to previous few call-ups.
Israel, on other side, now lost all the chances of reaching the second position, as the team suffered a bit unexpected defeat in front of own fans in Haifa to FYR Macedonia 0:1 last Saturday night. It was a surprise watching the game as well, as the Israelis looked like a better side, had more of the ball possession and were creating chances during the match.
However, visitors managed to score the only goal, against the flow of the match in 73rd minute via Pandev and generally looked good in the defense as the time passed rapidly for the home team, without being able to respond back. The team now has three victories and four defeats, which puts them at fourth position only, having seven points less than Italy and their journey to Russia will be mathematically ending here most likely, while in practice it ended with loss in Haifa.
Visitors are missing goalkeepers David Goresh (7/0), Ofir Marciano (11/0), defenders Eitan Tibi (32/0), Eli Dasa (9/0), Rami Gershon (26/2), and Sheran Yeini (18/0), midfielders Eyal Golasa (11/0), Nir Bitton (20/2), Beram Kayal (32/1), forwards Moanes Dabour (7/1) and Ben Sahar (41/7) in comparison to previous few matches.
Israel is now in a really poor momentum and shouldn't be able to fight back here after their defeat few days ago. Italy remains much more quality side, have already showed back last year and now having to improve and get a positive result, also to care about their goal difference, I'm sure that they will be able to get the victory convincingly.