Belarus Vs Israel preview
The Belarus vs Israel Preview is online, as they meet on Euro 2024 qualifiers round in Group I at Szusza Ferenc Stadion on Friday meetings. Belarus are currently bottom of the section on zero points from their first two games, while Israel are just ahead in fifth, having picked up one point from their opening two matches.
Belarus have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, and they were disappointing during qualification for Euro 2020, only managing to pick up four points from their nine matches.
It is a big ask for Georgy Kondratyev’s side to claim a top-two finish in Group I, especially considering that they have got off to the worst possible start, losing their opening two matches in the section.
Belarus were thumped 5-0 by Switzerland at home on March 25 before suffering a 2-1 loss away to Romania three days later, which has left them at the foot of the group on zero points.
Kondratyev‘s side were last victorious in November 2022, recording a 1-0 win over Syria in a friendly, but they have not managed to triumph in a competitive fixture since a World Cup qualifier against Estonia in March 2021. Belarus have won two of their last three internationals against Israel, though, including a 2-1 success when the two nations last met in a friendly back in November 2012.
Israel, meanwhile, opened their section with a 1-1 draw against Kosovo on March 25, but they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Switzerland three days later, which has left them fifth in the group. On the qualifiers round, Switzerland is about to face off Andorra on tomorrow’s meeting.
The Blue and Whites have only ever qualified for the finals of a major tournament on one occasion, which proved to be the 1970 World Cup, where they were knocked out in the group stage. Finland has a match against Slovenia in Euro 2024 qualification round on tomorrow’s meeting.
Team news and Injury
There are no major absentees from the Belarus squad, so head coach Kondratyev could select close to the same XI that took to the field for the first whistle against Romania last time out. Max Ebong played further forward in the team’s last match and that is again expected to be the case here, while Ivan Bakhar should also feature in an advanced position.
Pavel Savitsky is the leading goalscorer in the squad with seven, and the 28-year-old should also start for Belarus, with Aleksandr Selyava also keeping his spot in central midfield. Israel, meanwhile, are without the services of Doron Leidner, which could open the door for Oscar Gloukh to make just his fourth appearance for the national side.
Mahmoud Jaber is also missing, so there will have to be at least one change in the final third of the field from the team’s last game against Switzerland, with Shon Weissman set to come in. Manor Solomon, who scored four Premier League goals for Fulham during the 2022-23 campaign, will also feature in an attacking position, while Tai Baribo should also retain his spot.
With three wins from their last five meetings, Israel hold a slightly superior record in the fixture. Belarus have picked up two wins in that period, including a 2-1 win in their last meeting in November 2012.
Kondratyev’s men are on a three-game losing streak and have failed to win nine of their last ten games, losing six since June 2022. Israel are winless in seven of their last eight away games since September 2021, losing six.
Belarus vs Israel Prediction
Belarus and Israel will look to get up and running in Group I after a slow start to their campaign. Kondratyev’s men boast a more experienced and superior squad, so they should claim a narrow win at the Ferenc Szusza Stadium.