Israel vs Kosovo – Betting Preview
On Saturday at Bloomfield Stadium, Group I opponents Israel and Kosovo will begin their Euro 2024 qualification campaigns.
The wide-open draw gives either team a chance to go to the continental championships next summer, despite the fact that neither country qualified for the World Cup last year.
Twenty countries will qualify for the next European Championship by placing in the top two; three additional teams, along with the host nation Germany, will join them through the playoffs.
Israel has a legitimate chance to end their over 50-year wait to make it to a major senior final by virtue of being drawn in a group with Romania, Belarus, Andorra, and clear favourites Switzerland.
They most recently missed qualifying for Qatar 2022 after placing third in their qualification group, behind Scotland and Denmark, but there have been some encouraging indicators.
They were promoted to League A of the league for the first time after defeating Albania 2-1 in their final Nations League match last fall, and they will have the opportunity to compete against the best in Europe in the 2024–25 season.
Hazan is now tasked with leading his country to a first-ever Euros since they formally swapped Asia for Europe in 1994, and they may never have a better chance.
After taking over as Kosovo’s head coach from Bernard Challandes, French football star Alain Giresse guided his new team to a respectable Nations League campaign the previous year.
They ended 2022 by drawing friendlies against Armenia and the Faroe Islands in November after finishing second in League C Group 2 behind Greece after winning three and losing three of their six games.
The Kosovo team has a tonne of potential and was once known as “the Brazil of the Balkans,” a label that was originally used during a fifteen-match unbeaten streak four years ago. They could believe that a spot in Germany is now up for grabs and that they have a good opportunity of making history given their group draw.
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market
There is a lot on the line even at this point of the qualifying process, so the first competitive match between both countries may be a tense one. Israel scored a lot of goals last season, and the Kosovars pose a genuine threat up front for them, but a home victory may be in the cards given how poorly the Kosovars typically travel.
A look at the betting market tells us the same things!
The home side is the better side on paper, and they are also the market favourite @ 1.98.
Kosovo are not given much of a chance with market odds standing @ 4.20.
The market odds of a stalemate between the two stands @ 3.52.
Total goals over/under
Let’s check the over/under scenario
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.20.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.79.
The market believes that there are not too many goals in the game, where the result might be decided with 1 or 2 key moments!
Saying that, expect the home side to be behind those key moments!