Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Israel will be looking to bounce back from 3-1 loss to Austria when they host Latvia at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium on Tuesday evening. Since they are five points behind second-placed Austria in Group G, this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field.
The Israeli national team produce much better showings at home than on the travels and they are definitely capable of beating the rock-bottom side, who are having a qualifying campaign to forget. The Latvians suffered a loss in each of their seven group games and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Israel’s party in Beer Sheva. A man to watch in the home team will be Dabour, who provided an assist for Zahavi in the 3-1 loss to Austria in their last qualifying match.
Highlighted Player (Moanes Dabour):
Born in Nazareth on May 14, 1992, Moanes Dabour is an Israel international who plays for Red Bull Salzburg in Austrian Bundesliga. Dabour played in Israeli clubs Maccabi Nazareth and Maccabi Tel Aviv during his youth career and it has to be noted that he played for the two teams at senior level as well.
In 2014 he joined Swiss side Grasshopper and after scoring 41 goals in 82 appearances in the league for the club, he moved to Austria, signing a deal with big-spending Red Bull Salzburg. In 2017 Moanes Dabour was scoring goals for fun in the 2018/2019 Champions League qualifiers, but that eventually did not help the Red Bulls book their place in the group stages of the elite competition.
Speaking of his international career, Moanes Dabour made his Israel debut against Honduras on June 1 2014. Israel won the game 4-2, but the Salzburg attacker failed to mark his debut with a goal. Dabour opened his goal-scoring account with the Israeli national team in September, 2015 in a 4-0 win over Andorra.
Highlighted Team (Latvia):
Latvia is yet another former Soviet republic. The Latvian footballers played for the Soviet Union national team until 1992 and they have been playing for Latvia ever since. The Sarkanbaltsarkanie (Red-white-red) did remarkably well to qualify for the Euro 2004 finals, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in Portugal.
Latvia kicked off their Euro 2004 campaign with a 2-1 loss to Czech Republic and they managed to hold Germany to a goalless draw in their second group game. The former Soviet republic suffered a 3-0 loss to Netherlands in their last game in Group D and, as a result, they did not make it to the knockout stages of the European Championship finals.
Latvia suffered their biggest defeat on May 29, 1927 when they were beaten by Sweden 12-0 in Stockholm. Speaking of their biggest victory, the Latvians outclassed Lithuania 5-0 on two occasions. The Latvian national football team play their home games at Skonto stadium in Riga and the capacity of the venues is 9.500.