Wales has surprised most soccer fans ad experts with their recent performances which have enabled them to grab top spot in Group B of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. They can solidify their position on Sunday, September 6 when they host third place Israel at Cardiff Stadium in Cardiff. Wales pulled off a 1-0 win in Cyprus on Thursday while Israel thumped Andorra 4-0 at home. A win for Wales will guarantee a top-two finish in the group and a berth to the European Championships in France next summer. If they make it, it will be the small British nation’s first appearance in a major soccer tournament since playing in the World Cup in 1958.
Wales vs Israel Euro 2016 Qualifier Betting Preview
- bet365 lists Wales as the current favorites at 3/4 with Israel 15/4 and a draw at 5/2
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- Wales shut Israel out 3-0 in their first Group B showdown in Israel with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scoring a pair of goals and setting up the opener by Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal. Wales already had a 2-0 lead when Israel shot themselves in the foot regarding a comeback when Eytan Tibi received a red card. The Welsh are unbeaten against Israel in five overall meetings with three victories and a pair of draws. Before the 2016 Euro qualifying tournament, the two nations hadn’t met since February of 1989 when they drew 3-3. They met each other in a two-legged playoff for a spot in the 1958 World Cup with Wales taking both encounters by scores of 2-0.
Wales have three straight wins in group play and have kept four consecutive clean sheets. They’ve won three and drawn one at home in the campaign while Israel has a pair of wins on the road and a loss. Wales leads Group B with 17 points from five victories and two draws. They’ve scored nine goals along the way and have allowed just two against. Belgium sits in second place with 14 points and Israel are next with 12. Israel has four wins and three losses and have scored 14 times and conceded five. Cyprus is in fourth place with nine points, followed by Bosnia with eight and Andorra with none.
Wales took all three points home with them from Cyprus on Thursday when Bale scored the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute. It was his sixth goal of the qualifying campaign. Cyprus enjoyed 53 per cent of ball possession and outshot the Welsh 9-7. Dave Edwards of Wales had the ball in the net earlier in the game, but it was called back due to a foul. The same day, Israel shutout Andorra 4-0 in Haifa with all four goals coming in the first half. Munas Dubbar and Nir Bitton scored their first international markers. Zahavi also scored and Hemed converted a penalty shot in the 26th minute. Israel had the ball 74 per cent of the time and outshot Andorra 27-1 with 16 shots being on target.
Fans should expect a tremendous atmosphere in Cardiff on Sunday as Wales could and should clinch their spot at Euro 2016. However, a draw won’t be good enough. They need a win.
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