Our football match prediction:
Israel will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 3-0 loss to Albania when they square off against Macedonia at Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa. The Blue and Whites occupy fourth position in Group G ahead of Saturday’s football match and seeing that they are seven points behind top two, this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts. Israel are likely to fight tooth and nail against Macedonia and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from the match. The Macedonians have nothing to play for against Israel as they have collected only three points from possible 18 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and, taking everything into account, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. When the two teams met in Skopje earlier in the process Israel recorded a 2-1 win over Macedonia.
Highlighted Player (Lior Refaelov):
Lior Rafaelov 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 (Macedonia):
Former Yugoslavian republic Macedonia became member of both FIFA and UEFA in 1994 and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Crveni Risovi rolled over Slovenia (4-1) in their first ever official match and the team recorded their biggest win on November 9, 11996, with the team crushing minnows Liechtenstein 11-1 in Eschen-Mauren. The Macedonians have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament despite the fact that several high-profile footballers played for the former Yugoslav republic. Goran Pandev is undisputedly the team’s most notable player as he played for the likes of Lazion, Inter, Napoli and Galatasaray during his professional career. Pandev scored his 28th and 29th goal for Macedonia in a 3-0 win over Belarus in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. However, Goce Sedloski is the most capped player (100). Macedonia welcome their rivals at Philip II Arena and they wear red shirts with yellow stripe and red shorts when playing at home ground. The colour of their away kits is white.