Our football match prediction:
Israel will be aiming to put an end to their four-match losing run in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when they face Liechtenstein at Rheinpark Stadion. Elisha Levy’s troops failed to score in previous three qualifying games and, no doubt, they are eager to get back on course. Israel are regarded as hot favourites to win Friday’s football game against Liechtenstein, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Liechtenstein experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a heavy 8-0 loss to Spain and it has to be noted that they failed to find the net seven of their eight group games. Israel want to give fans some cheer and we predict that Elisha Levy’s men are going to pick up all three points from the Rheinpark Stadion clash. Israel are after their third away win in the process as they outplayed the likes of
Highlighted Player (Tal Ben Haim II):
Tal Ben Haim is an experienced football player who is a product of Maccabi Tel Aviv youth school. He made 85 league appearances for Maccabi at senior level and in 2004 he moved to England, signing a three-year contract with Bolton Wanderers. Ben Haim scored one goal in 88 league games for the English outfit and in 2007 he moved to Chelsea. After making just 13 league appearances for the Blues in the 2007/2008 season, he moved to Manchester City in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £5 million. He made his Man City debut (league) against in a 4-2 loss to Aston Villa on 17 August, 2008. During his spell at the “island” he played for the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham and QPR as well and in 2013 he moved to Belgium, signing a deal with Standard Liege. At the end of the 2013/2014 season The Israeli defender returned to England as he signed a deal with Charlton Athletic. Ben Haim re-joined his hometown club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.
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.