Nati Take on Israel in Hungary
Both of Israel’s Euro 2024 qualifying matches last month were rescheduled for November due to the ongoing war. That means Israel is playing four games in ten days this month as they attempt to qualify for their first-ever European championship. They lost 1-0 vs. Kosovo on Sunday, which makes their route more complicated. On Wednesday, Israel will host unbeaten Switzerland in Hungary. We’ll cover the Israel-Switzerland Euro 2024 odds and look at the latest team news.
Israel vs Switzerland
Day/Time: Location: Pancho Arena, Felcsut, Hungary
Israel and Switzerland met in March for the first time in 14 years. In one of the most important Group I qualifiers on the UEFA Euro schedule, Switzerland picked up a 3-0 win. Ruben Vargas, Zeki Amdouni, and Silvan Widmer got on the scoresheet in Geneva for the Nati. All the time, Israel has compiled just a 1-5-4 record vs. Switzerland. However, these teams have drawn four of their last five meetings vs. each other.
Israel Missing Solomon
Israel fell 1-0 at Kosovo on Sunday, which hurt their Euro 2024 qualification chances. Kosovo’s Milot Rashica scored the game’s only goal in the 40th minute. Israel left back Roy Revivo received a second yellow card in second-half stoppage and got sent off. He’ll miss out on Wednesday vs. Switzerland. Still, Israel has three games left vs. Switzerland, Romania, and Andorra.
Currently, Israel is 3-2-2 in seven UEFA Euro qualifiers games. They are four points behind second-placed Switzerland and five points behind Group I leaders Romania. A loss here would not eliminate Israel yet, but it would make automatic qualification incredibly difficult. So far, Israel’s wins have come vs. minnows Andorra and Belarus. Usually, Manor Solomon and Shon Weissman are two of Israel’s most dangerous attackers.
However, Tottenham’s Solomon is out with a long-term injury, and he’s possibly Israel’s most talented player. His injury opens up an opportunity for 19-year old Oscar Gloukh to shine in a more advanced role. Gloukh has impressed for RB Salzburg this season and leads Israel with two qualifying goals.
Switzerland Nearing Qualification
Switzerland are lucky to have two of the world’s best goalkeepers on their roster. With Inter Milan, Yann Sommer has kept the most clean sheets in Serie A this season. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel has bailed them out time and time again. Sommer, who has been the longtime first choice keeper, is projected to start this Israel-Switzerland Euro 2024 qualifying matchup.
With Premier League stars Fabian Schar and Manuel Akanji at center back, Switzerland have kept three clean sheets in seven matches. They’re unbeaten, at 4-3-0, and are in second place in the Euro 2024 standings. However, they did concede three goals to Belarus last month and needed to pull off a late comeback to secure a draw. Veteran attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri scored in both matches last month and is one of the Nati’s best-ever players.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka has also been in excellent form for Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen and is Switzerland’s captain. Bettors should be aware of the rise of Switzerland’s Zeki Amdouni. The Burnley forward has scored six goals in qualifying for Switzerland so far, averaging 1.44 goals per 90 minutes. He’ll look to get on the scoresheet here as a Switzerland win will mean automatic Euro 2024 qualification.
Match Analysis & Odds
Switzerland wants to remove all doubt on Wednesday and grab all three points to seal Euro 2024 qualification. Israel needs to get a result here, and it’ll still be an uphill qualification battle for them even if they win. Currently, the Israel-Switzerland Euro 2024 odds price Switzerland as a -150 favorite for this match in Hungary. Israel’s only win over Switzerland was 55 years ago, and they’re +400 underdogs for this one.
Bettors can take Israel +0.5, +1 at -115 odds, but that’s one we’d stay away from for this match. Switzerland -0.5, -1 also comes in at -115 odds and is a better pick, as the Nati should seal qualification on Wednesday. Still, Israel will do all it can to stay in the qualification picture.
Again, four of the last five matches between these teams have finished in draws. However, all of those draws were over 10 years ago, and Switzerland has improved a lot since then. Under 2.5 goals show -125 odds for what is expected to be a close match.