Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Czech Republic will be aiming to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Scotland when they host Israel at their Doosan Arena. The Czechs aim to keep their hopes of securing promotion to League A alive, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football game. Sparta Prague defender Ondrej Celustka, who suffered an injury in a 1-0 loss to Scotland in October, is out of contention.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Burnley attacker Matej Vydra, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Israel, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-2 win over Slovakia, but they will have a big fish to fry in Sunday’s showdown. Considering that Czech Republic are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the visitors are likely to return to Tel Aviv empty-handed. Czech defenders should have at Zahavi at bay, who scored a hat-trick against Slovakia.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland.
At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague.
During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
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.