In just over a year, Europe-wide Euro 2020 will take place. The teams are positioning themselves to qualify for this great event. As usual, the chances for some teams are greater and for others rather low. We can safely assume that the team from Latvia after 2004 will not play a second time in a European Championship next year. It would be premature to say that the oven is already off, after two previously completed games, but the chances, which were not great anyway, have shrunk significantly.
Latvia is in the group G table without a point at the end of the classification. On Friday, a team will visit Israel with Riga, which will be much more ambitious. The Israelis have four points to their name after two games and can hope for the first time to qualify for an European Championship. At first glance, in the international match between Latvia and Israel, the prediction goes in the direction of an away win. Against teams, which are placed in the world ranking over the Latvians, it does not work well for the team from the Baltic States in recent years. In 2016 there was once a 0-0 against Slovakia. Since then, Latvia has lost all nine games against higher ranked nations. These are not good prospects for coach Slavisa Stojanovic.
Today’s Football Prediction Latvia vs Israel
But if Latvia wants to attack again in the well-balanced group with Poland, Israel, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia and Austria, then on Friday there must be a victory. As a favorite, but clearly the guests go into this game. Therefore, there is a lot to say in the duel between Latvia and Israel to put a tip on an away win. The Israelis would be in the thick of things with a threesome and would take the next step towards EURO 2020.
Quite obviously, the Latvians have produced no generation after the team of 2004, which can approach it even approximately to the mediocre in European football. Already in the Nations League, when the Baltics were grouped into the weakest Division D, it became clear that the current team has enormous deficits in quality. In a group with Georgia, Kazakhstan and Andorra it was enough to win the third place.
Meanwhile, Latvia has been without victory for ten matches, because the red thread from the League of Nations now extends into the European Championship qualification. Even with the new coach, the Serbian Slavisa Stojanovic, nothing has changed for the better. Under his direction, there were two defeats in two internationals. Therefore, it is not an option for us to waste time in the game between Latvia and Israel with the odds of winning at home.
In the qualifiers for the European Championship 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, Latvia had only one victory. After all, the Latvians have sold reasonably well in the defeat in Macedonia and also in Poland. In Poland, the Latvians at the end of March hedgehogs and faced an assault of the hosts. For a long time the bulwark held, but a quarter of an hour before the end, the Poles came to 1: 0 and put the match to the 2: 0 final score.
Despite the Latvians winning series, the Serbian coach has not seen much reason to make major changes in his squad. Somewhat surprisingly, Slavisa Stojanovic does without experienced Vladislavs Gabovs and Igors Tarasovs. For an interesting young man could make his debut. The 19-year-old Daniels Ontuzans plays in the coming season in the second team of Bayern and has been in the club since the U11. He is said to have the potential to become a figurehead of Latvian football in the years to come.
Expected formation of Latvia:
➤ Steinbors – Maksimenko, Dubra, Oss, Savalnieks – Laizans, Isayevs – Karasausks, Rakels, Ikaunieks – Gutkovskis
➤ Coach: Stojanovic
Last matches from Latvia:
⚽️ 24.03.2019 – Poland vs. Latvia 2: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 21.03.2019 – FYR Macedonia vs. Latvia 3: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 19.11.2018 – Andorra Vs. Latvia 0: 0 (Nations League)
⚽️ 15.11.2018 – Kazakhstan vs. Latvia 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽️ 16.10.2018 – Latvia vs Georgia 0: 3 (Nations League)
With Andreas Herzog, the Israelis have brought a coach into the boat, which has a tremendous experience as a player and sometimes as a coach. The Austrian has succeeded in forming a unity from the team, which was not an easy task in the conflict between Arabs and Jews. In the meantime, this team seems to be in a position to finally take the next step, which was regularly denied them in recent qualifications.
In the last six internationals, there was only one defeat. If this form continues, then it can certainly work with the qualification. However, since 2011, the Israelis have not won a game in June. This is also because there is no winter break in the national league and the season for the Israelis is enormously long. Nevertheless, before the game between Latvia and Israel speaks a lot for a prediction for a guest victory.
Especially Eran Zahavi should judge it. The Guangzhou R & F striker has scored in his last four games for his club, scoring four of their five Israeli goals in their first two qualifiers. He was also the match winner in the 4-2 win over Austria at the end of March. Although Austria took a 1-0 lead early on, but with three goals at a stretch – the break prevented a flawless hat-trick – Zahavi brought his team 3-1 forward.
“There is still a long way to go, especially the game in Latvia will be trend-setting.” – Andreas Herzog
Munas Dabbur increased to 4: 1 before Austria scored the goal to 4-2 final score. Not only by this victory, the self-confidence of the Israelis is great, although Andreas Herzog still sees a long way for his team and wants to win on this necessarily in Latvia. However, he has to give up some important players. With Tomer Hemed, Itay Shechter and Alon Turgeman three more attackers are injured. It still lacks Eyal Golasa and Ben Bitton. In addition, the use of the Taleb Tawatha from Frankfurt is unlikely due to injury in Latvia.
Expected formation of Israel:
➤ Harush – Ben Harush, Taha, Dgani, Yeini, Dasa – Natcho, Kayal, Cohen – Saba, Zahavi
➤ Coach: Herzog
Last matches of Israel:
⚽️ 24.03.2019 – Israel vs. Austria 4: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 21.03.2019 – Israel vs. Slovenia 1: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️20.11.2018 – Scotland vs Israel 3: 2 (Nations League)
⚽️ 15.11.2018 – Israel vs. Guatemala 7: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 14.10.2018 – Israel vs. Albania 2: 0 (Nations League)
Latvia vs Israel Direct Comparison
Six matches have been delivered to Latvia and Israel so far. The direct comparison is with 4: 1 wins a clear matter for Israel. A game ended in a 1-1 draw. Interestingly, the Israelis have never lost in Latvia. Most recently, the two teams faced each other in qualifying for the 2012 European Championship. Israel won 2-1 at home and was also able to prevail in Latvia with the same result. Yossi Benayoun and Tel Ben Haim ensured a 2-0 lead before Aleksandr Cauna was able to shorten the final score to 1: 2.
Latvia vs Israel Football Betting Prediction Explained
Latvia is already standing with its back against the wall. Zero points from two games mean almost now that you probably have nothing to do with the tickets for the EURO 2020. Ten games without a win are also a mortgage, which do not increase the belief in successful matches. Therefore, not much speaks in the duel between Latvia and Israel for a tip for a home win.
Israel, on the other hand, has done much better in the last few months and is aiming for a trip to the Baltic States. Especially Eran Zahavi could become the decisive man. Before the kick-off between Latvia and Israel, the prediction is not too far-fetched that the leader in the scoring list will meet again.
Key Facts – Latvia vs Israel tips
🔻 Latvia has been waiting for a win for ten international matches.
🔻 Israel have suffered just one defeat in their last six international matches, but have not won a match in eight years in June.
🔻 With four goals from two games, Eran Zahavi leads the scoring list in European Championship qualifying.
However, since 2011, the Israelis have not won any internationals in June. It’s time to break this negative series on Friday. We think that this endeavor will be successful. We even think that the Latvians on the offensive are so harmless that the Israelis will win without conceding. We can well imagine a 1-0 or 2-0 away win. In the end, we decided to use the betting odds for an away win in the match between Latvia and Israel up to 2.40.
Betting Prediction: Israel wins to zero