Predictions

Predictions 18 – 20.11.2023

Israel vs Romania | Euro – Qualifiers (18.11.2023, 20:45)

Israel is set to host Romania at the Pancho Arena for the 9th qualifying round of the next European Championships in Group I. However, off the field, the hosts grapple with a critical moment as they navigate the resumption of the conflict with Palestine. This alarming and delicate situation has had significant repercussions not only in the world of sport but also in football.

Hazan’s selection recently drew 1-1 against Switzerland on the final matchday, following a 1-0 loss against Kosovo. Romania, in contrast, is experiencing a revival and engaging in a high-level head-to-head battle with Switzerland for the group lead. Impressively, Romania has not suffered a loss in the last nine matches, securing two victories in the last three, including a convincing 4-0 success against Andorra.

Switzerland currently holds the top spot in Group I with 16 points, the same as Romania, both vying for qualification to the next European Championships. Israel occupies the third position with 12 points, followed by a surprising Kosovo in fourth place with 6 points, ahead of Belarus, and Andorra bringing up the rear with 2 points.

The historical matches between Israel and Romania are evenly balanced, setting the stage for a challenging encounter likely to unfold over key moments. Israel has maintained an unbeaten record “at home” in this group, securing two wins and two draws under Hazan’s leadership. Romania, on the other hand, has yet to face a defeat in any away game.

While Israel is currently on a three-game winless streak, they have achieved success in three of their last six games. The upcoming match promises to be a crucial test for both teams as they vie for progression to the next round in the European Championships.

 

Form Guide

Israel LWWDWL

Israel enters this match on the heels of a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in the Euro Qualifiers.

The lone scorer for Israel in that encounter was Shon Weissman, finding the net in the 88th minute. On the other side, Ruben Vargas scored for Switzerland in the 36th minute.

It has become a rare occurrence for Israel to keep a clean sheet in recent times. In the last six clashes, Israel has conceded in five of them, letting in a total of 7 goals during this period.

 

Romania DDDWDW

Romania approaches this match on the back of a convincing 4-0 victory against Andorra in the Euro Qualifiers.

For Romania, the goal-scorers in this triumph were Nicolae Stanciu (23′), Ianis Hagi (28′), Răzvan Marin (44′), and Florinel Coman (50′).

Notably, Romania’s defensive unit has displayed effectiveness, with their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to only 3 from their last 6 outings in total. This run underscores their defensive prowess and solidity in recent performances.

 

Israel vs Romania Predicted XI

Israel Predicted XI: Glazer; Dasa, Vitor, Goldberg, Revivo; Do. Peretz, Navi, Abu Fani; Khalaili, Zahavi, Gloukh.

Romania Predicted XI: Moldovan; Ratiu, Dragusin, Burca, Bancu; Marin, Stanciu; Morutan, Hagi, Coman; Puscas.

 

Prediction

In our assessment, both Romania and Israel are likely to find the back of the net in what seems to be a closely contested match, with little differenceS between the two teams.

The outcome could very well culminate in a draw. Consequently, we anticipate a closely contested game, concluding with a 1-1 score draw when the full-time whistle is blown.

Switzerland vs Kosovo | Euro – Qualifiers (18.11.2023, 20:45)

Switzerland is set to host Kosovo at St Jakob Park for the 9th qualifying round of the next European Championships in Group I. The hosts are entering the match with two consecutive draws, the latest being a 1-1 result against Israel. Nonetheless, under Yakin’s guidance, Switzerland boasts an unbeaten streak of 8 consecutive matches. This newfound solidity and consistent performance have propelled Switzerland to the top of their group, positioning them as potential surprises in the upcoming European Championship.

On the other hand, Kosovo secured victories in their last two matches, with a notable 1-0 win against Israel, even finishing the match with numerical inferiority. Currently, Switzerland dominates Group I alongside Romania, both with 16 points. Israel sits in third place with 12 points, followed by Kosovo in fourth place with 6 points, Belarus, and Andorra bringing up the rear with 2 points.

The head-to-head record between the two teams is balanced, but Switzerland holds a slight advantage due to their positive streak and their position at the top of the group standings. Notably, Switzerland remains undefeated at home in this group, securing 2 wins and 2 draws in their 4 home games. Coach Gliha’s impact on Kosovo has been excellent, elevating the team to competitive levels against all the teams in the group.

Switzerland, despite a recent slowdown, remains the favorite, maintaining a one-step advantage over Romania, who has reemerged as a formidable contender. The Swiss team is looking to bounce back from their elimination in the round of 16 in the last World Cup, marked by a 6-1 defeat against Portugal.

Form Guide

Switzerland WWDDWD

Switzerland enters this upcoming fixture following a 1-1 draw in the Euro Qualifiers against Israel.

Notably, Switzerland has had no issues with scoring, hitting the target in one hundred percent of their last 6 games. Over this period, they have accumulated a total of 15 goals while conceding 8.

 

Kosovo DLDLWW

Kosovo heads into the upcoming match on the back of a 1-0 victory in the Euro Qualifiers against Israel.

Over the course of their last 6 matches, Primož Gliha’s Kosovo has successfully converted their attacking endeavors into goals a total of 7 times, resulting in a goals scored per game average of 1.17.

 

Switzerland vs Kosovo Predicted XI

Switzerland Predicted XI: Sommer; Akanji, Elvedi, Zesiger, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Amdouni, Vargas.

Kosovo Predicted XI: Muric; Dellova, Aliti, Hajrizi; Hadergjonaj, Loshaj, Zyba, Muslija, Vojvoda; Rashica; Rrahmani.      

 

Prediction

One thing is certain: Kosovo faces a challenging task to breach the Switzerland lineup, which possesses all the attributes to dominate this match.

Our prediction leans towards a very comfortable 2-1 victory for Switzerland when the final whistle blows.

Netherlands vs Ireland | Euro – Qualifiers (18.11.2023, 20:45)

The Netherlands is set to host Ireland at the Johan Cruijff Arena for the 9th qualifying round of the next European Championships in Group B. The Orange, coached by Koeman, are coming off a 1-0 victory against Greece in the last round, secured by Van Dijk’s decisive goal from a penalty kick in the 90th minute. Ireland, under Kenny’s management, also enters the fixture on a positive note, having secured a 4-0 success against Gibraltar in the last round. In their last direct clash on September 10th, the Netherlands emerged victorious with a 2-1 scoreline.

The group dynamics have already revealed a clear leader, with France accumulating full points and already qualifying with 18 points after 6 games, scoring 13 goals and conceding only one. The Netherlands and Greece are in second place with 12 points, but Koeman’s selection has one game less. Ireland, with 6 points after 7 games, and Gibraltar, closing the group with zero points, zero goals scored, and 21 conceded. The goal statistics stand at 10 and 9 goals scored by the Netherlands and Ireland, respectively, with two more goals conceded by Kenny’s team.

Precedents favor the Netherlands, who are vying with Greece to secure the second spot and a pass to the next European Championships. The Netherlands had a fourth-place finish in the Nations League after losing to Italy in the final for third place. At the last World Cup, they exited the competition in the quarter-finals on penalties against Argentina, following a 2-2 draw.

 

Form Guide

Netherlands LLWWLW

The Netherlands is aiming for another victory after a 0-1 success against Greece in the Euro Qualifiers.

The lone scorer for the Netherlands in that match was Virgil van Dijk, finding the net in the 93rd minute.

Recent matches involving the Netherlands have been notably engaging, with a substantial amount of goalmouth action becoming a hallmark. In their last 6 clashes alone, a total of 21 goals have been scored by both teams combined, averaging 3.5 goals per game. Impressively, 11 of those goals are credited to the Netherlands.

 

Ireland LWLLLW

Ireland enters this encounter on the back of a convincing 0-4 victory in the Euro Qualifiers against Gibraltar.

The goal-scorers for Ireland in this triumph were Evan Ferguson (8′), Mikey Johnston (28′), Matt Doherty (60′), and Callum Robinson (80′).

Notably, under the management of Stephen Kenny, Ireland has successfully converted their attacking endeavors into goals 9 times over their latest six matches.

 

Netherlands vs Ireland Predicted XI

Netherlands Predicted XI: Verbruggen; Geertruida, Van Dijk, Blind; Dumfries, Reijnders, Wieffer, Hartman; Simons, Weghorst, Gakpo.

Ireland Predicted XI: Kelleher; Doherty, Duffy, Scales, Manning; Knight, Cullen, Molumby; Sykes, Ferguson, Johnston.         

 

Prediction

It’s evident that Ireland may face considerable difficulty in scoring, if at all, against a Netherlands team that boasts quality across defense, midfield, and attack.

Our prediction leans towards a very comprehensive 4-0 victory for the Netherlands, anticipating a dominant performance that will be reflected when the final whistle is blown.