Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Buoyed by a splendid 5-0 win over Belarus, Switzerland will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they face Israel at Stade de Geneve on Tuesday. The Rossocrociati continue to rely on Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, who is enjoying a season to remember, but the opposition back-line should have Lugano man Renato Steffen at bay as well as the 31-year-old scored a hat-trick against Belarus.
Keep in mind, though, that MLS star Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out with injury, as well as Breel Embolo who misses out with a knee problem. The visitors, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a 1-1 draw with Kosovo. Since Switzerland are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of claiming a major scalp in Geneva. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Fulham winger Manor Solomon.
Highlighted Player (Granit Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012.
The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process.
Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Israel):
Israel are the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine national football team. The Israelis received full UEFA membership in 1994, 20 years after leaving AFC and they have been facing European sides in the World Cup qualifiers ever since. Israel participated at the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament.
The Israeli national football team have yet to qualify for the final stages of the European Championship, but they made it to the quarter-finals of the Olympics on two occasions (1968, 1976). Israel play their home games at both Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa and Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
Yossi Benayoun is the most famous and the most capped Israeli footballer and it has to be noted that the pacey midfielder played for the likes of Racing Santander, West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the past. Israel play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.