Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Faroe Islands and Israel take on each other at Torsvollur in the World Cup qualifiers round 4. Israel aim to build on a 4-1 win over Moldova, and they are likely to adopt yet another attack-minded approach. A man to watch in the away team will be PSV attacker Eran Zahavi, who found the net in the 5-2 win over Groningen at the weekend, while Munas Dabbur, who scored for Hoffenheim in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund, is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting team.
Faroe Islands, on the other hand, have collected only one point in total in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the team sharing the spoils with Moldova, while losing to both Austria and Scotland. Since the islanders experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the Hampden Park defeat (0-4), we are tempted to put our money on Israel this time out.
Highlighted Player (Lior Refaelov):
Lior Refaelov is an Israeli footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for the Belgium giants with whom he has been a mainstay since his arrival in 2011. Rafaelov began his career at Maccabi Haifa where he played 161 league appearances and scored 30 goals before moving to Belgium.
The experienced 30-year-old Israel international has made his senior debut for his country in 2007 and has since earned over 30 caps for Israel. Lior Rafaelov is a player of vast international experience despite the fact Club Brugge are his first and so far only club in Europe.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is a major force upfront who has scored six times during Brugge’s Europa League campaign in 2014-15, while he also scored the winner in the Belgian Cup final to earn his club a first trophy in eight years. Last season Rafaleov repeated the feat, having scored in the 2016 Belgian Cup Final, but it wasn’t enough for Club Brugge to avoid getting defeated 2-1 to Standard Liege.
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.