Israel and Slovenia meet at Sammy Ofer Stadium, in a match for this phase of the qualification for the European Championship (Qualifying Round). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 06-09-2003, in a match that ended with the final score: Slovenia (3-1) Israel. Slovenia presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 1 draw and 8 defeats in their stadium. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Scotland by (3-2). In the last 8 home matches for all competitions, Israel won 3, drew 1 and lost 4. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 14 games, he only got 1 comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The whole of Israel enters this game unmotivated, after a foreign defeat, by 3-2, in the visit to the Scottish arena. However, the local team seems to be going through a good time, with three defeats in the last four performances. The whole house usually acts in a 5-3-2, favoring fast transitions. To do this, you can count on Zahavi’s completion capability. It should be noted that the selection of Israel, not being a world power, is the holder of a staff of superior quality to the rival.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory before this group stage. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 8 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 11 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Bulgaria by (1-1). In the last 8 away matches for all competitions, Slovenia won 1, tied 1 and lost 6. The team allowed goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for the opponent, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 4 of the last 8 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 6 out of 8 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 10 times and never got the comeback.
Slovenia enters this match after a foreign draw, a ball, in the displacement to Bulgaria’s land. The Slovenians usually act in a 4-3-3, favoring a slower style of play, channeling their game through the central corridor. In this tactical drawing, the three players chosen to act in the line of attack are Verbic, Bezjak and Ilicic, being that the last one is the player responsible for putting the adversary’s defenses into meaning. It should be noted that one of the best players in Slovenia is midfielder Zajc.