Israel vs Scotland: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Scotland continue their UEFA Nations League campaign on Thursday when they take on Israel at Sammy Ofer Stadium.

Alex McLeish steered the Scots to victory in the first competitive outing of his second reign as they defeated Albania 2-0 at Hampden Park and they can move further clear at the top of their group with a win in Haifa.

The hosts, meanwhile, are already under pressure in the fight to avoid relegation to League D after losing their Nations League opener 1-0 to Albania.

They are currently on a dismal run of form, losing their last four games (including friendlies) and their last taste of victory came last October, when they narrowly defeated Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier.


TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Main Event and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. The game can also be followed live on Goal here.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go

Squads & Team News


Position Israel squad
Goalkeepers A. Harush, Haimov, Amos
Defenders Tibi, Yeini, O. Harush, Tzedek, Tawatha, Dasa, Bitton, Habshi
Midfielders Natkho, Kayal, Einbinder, Peretz, Micha, Glazer
Forwards Sahar, Hemed, Dabour, Atar, Saba, Awaed

Israel will look towards the experience of players such as Brighton’s Beram Kayal and Olympiakos midfielder Bibras Natkho as they attempt to put points on the board at home to Scotland.

They will be without Manor Solomon and Guangzhou R&F star Eran Zahavi, who were forced to withdraw due to injuries.

Potential Israel XI: Haimov; Habshi, Yeini, Micha, Dasa, Tawatha; Kayal, Natkho, Peretz; Hemed, Dabour.

Position Scotland squad
Goalkeepers Gordon, A. McGregor, McLaughlin
Defenders Hendry, McKenna, Mulgrew, O’Donnell, Robertson, Shinnie, Souttar, Tierney
Midfielders Armstrong, Forrest, McDonald, McGinn, C. McGregor, McTominay, Snodgrass
Forwards McBurnie, Naismith, Russell

McLeish has been forced to contend with two withdrawals from his original squad with Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser pulling out.

Swansea striker Oli McBurnie and Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna have been recalled after missing the previous game through injuries.

Potential Scotland XI: A. McGregor; Tierney, Mulgrew, Souttar; Robertson; C. McGregor, Armstrong, McGinn, O’Donnell; Naismith, Russell.


Betting & Match Odds


Scotland are marginal favourites to win the match according to bet365, who price them at 17/10. Israel are considered a 19/10 bet to win at home and a draw is available at 11/5.

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Match Preview


James McFadden Alex McLeish Scotland

Scotland may be in the third tier of the Nations League, but McLeish is determined to see the team rise from the doldrums and scale the ranks.

The 59-year-old secured three points in the first competitive game of his second tenure when they defeated Albania in Glasgow and he will be eager to follow that up with another win on Thursday.

Their opponents, Israel, have endured similar difficulty in recent seasons, but, despite a series of poor results, there is an air of optimism around the team as they look to evolve under the guidance of new boss Andi Herzog.

“The word is that they’re much better at home than they are away from home,” McLeish told reporters at a pre-match press conference. 

“They haven’t won in a wee while, I know, but I know the coach Andi Herzog and he’s trying to stamp his personality [on the team].

“The Russians at the World Cup, they were seven games before that without a victory and all of a sudden they blitz their own World Cup.

“We’re bracketed with Israel and Albania, but we want to go higher.”

source: GOAL

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