Israel vs Argentina Betting Tip
Israel vs Argentina | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Ladies and gentlemen the World Cup is right around the corner, and while it’s been a rocky road to get here, fans can finally start to celebrate the fact that the summer spectacular is imminent. Many high profile nations won’t be competing at the WC for the first time in a long time, with Italy, The Netherlands and United States being three of the notable examples. One country who will consider themselves to be particularly fortunate that they were able to qualify is Argentina, who were dragged kicking and screaming to the finals by Lionel Messi.
There’s only one way that most people can see this game going, and given the stature of both teams, that isn’t all too surprising. Israel’s one and only World Cup appearance came back in 1970 and while they have come close since then, the gulf in quality is evident. Argentina are two-time World Cup winners and despite falling on hard times as of late, we can’t forget that they finished as runners-up back in 2014. Israel will likely try and frustrate them from the word go, but as we’ve seen in the past, Argentina are capable of forcing their way through most defences.
There was once a time when it seemed as if Israel could become a growing force in European football, and yet, in the last decade or so, they seem to have taken a few major steps back – in a similar manner to Russia. They have no real star power to speak of and they’re certainly in a rebuilding phase, but you have to question just how long that’ll go on for. They’ve definitely struggled as of late with five defeats in their last six games, with their only victory coming against Lichtenstein. There’s an argument to be made that some nations are just destined to never reach the top, and Israel may well fall into that category.
It’s been a turbulent few years for Argentina to say the least, and even getting back to the World Cup was a slog for them. Following a diabolical qualifying campaign they were just able to sneak their way through to Russia, but since then, they’ve been anything but consistent. While they have defeated Russia, Italy and Haiti since November, they’ve also suffered humiliating 4-2 and 6-1 losses to Nigeria and Spain respectively. If they’re going to go on a serious run throughout the tournament this summer, then their priority simply has to be fixing their defensive problems.
Israel vs Argentina Head to Head
Despite not seeming like teams who have that much history, Israel and Argentina have actually squared off on six different occasions. Their first meeting ended in a surprising 1-0 victory for Israel back in 1969 at the Maccbah Games, but from that point on, Argentina took control. They registered three victories and a draw across their next four meetings, including a 7-2 mauling back in 1986. However, in their most recent encounter back in 1998, Israel were able to overcome the odds and secure a 2-1 win. Will they be able to replicate that feat this weekend?
Odds and Predictions
Unsurprisingly, bet365 have Argentina as the 1/2 favourites to walk away with a victory before they fly out to Russia. Israel are big outsiders at 6/1, although the draw isn’t considered to be that unlikely with odds of 3/1. As you’d expect with the names that will be on display, over 2.5 goals is valued at 8/11 whereas the under is 43/40 – so don’t take your eyes off of this one. However, if you’re feeling ambitious and want to back the underdog, then a narrow 1-0 Israel victory would get you odds of 18/1. We probably wouldn’t recommend it, but in international football, you just never know.
Israel vs Argentina Top Betting Tip: Argentina (2-1)
It’s no secret that Argentina have been struggling to gain any real momentum as of late, but when it comes to a game like this, they really can’t afford anything but a win – and we think they’re going to get it. They’re superior in every department, which is saying something because their defence alone is shaky to say the least. This will be Israel’s final game until September when they face Northern Ireland, but for Argentina, this is the start of a much bigger journey. They’ll open up their WC campaign against Iceland before taking on Croatia and then Nigeria.