The post-Del Bosque era has gotten off to a promising start for Spain as they’re unbeaten in their six matches since their Euro disappointment. Israel, meanwhile, are also in impressive form as they’ve won their last three to trail group leaders Spain and Italy by just a single point.
Spain’s home record is imperious: they’ve won 39 of their last 43 on their own turf and 25 of 27 unbeaten competitive games. They’ve kept clean sheets in 18 of these 27, with 12 of their wins by more than two goals, so Israel could be in for a long night. They’ve scored 12 unanswered goals in their two home qualifiers so far, but they’re unlikely to be quite as dominant against Israel.
Israel have lost only one of their last 23 away games by more than two goals as they’ve proven competitive at the likes of Croatia, Belgium, Portugal and Germany. Indeed, while they’ve lost four of five winless trips to sides we have ranked in the world’s top-20 since 2011, only one of these defeats were by more than two goals. Given Spain’s excellent defensive record, we’re going to have a punt on the 2-0 correct score.
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