Steve Clarke’s side put themselves in the driving seat with an incredible win over Austria in the last tranche of fixtures, now it’s a case of accelerating towards Qatar and the playoffs, preferably with a win over their familiar foes before a trip to the Faroe Islands next week.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the game who could play, where to watch it, and when the kick-off time is.
Who: Scotland v Israel
What: FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers – UEFA group F
Where: National Stadium, Hampden Park, Glasgow
When: 5pm, Saturday, October 9, 2021
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
How to watch the match
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, on the Football channel (ch. 403) and coverage begins at 4pm. That means the game is also available to stream online via NOW TV or the Sky Go app.
BBC Sportscene will also show highlights at 10.35pm on BBC One Scotland and iPlayer.
Tickets for the World Cup qualifier sold out in the days following that win over Austria last month
How good are Israel?
Israel are ranked 80th in the world – a move up of five places from their ranking last month – but that’s still 35 places lower than Scotland who are 45th in the global league table, up four places in the past month.
Scotland are on an upward curve after two wins from the last three qualifiers, but so are Israel after a stunning result where they hammered Austria 5-2… only to be brought back to earth with a humbling 5-0 defeat to Denmark.
Where are Scotland in the qualifying group table?
Denmark Played – 6; Won 6; Drawn 0; Lost 0; Goals 22; Against 0; Points 18 Scotland Played – 6; Won 3; Drawn 2; Lost 1; Goals 9; Against 5; Points 11 Israel Played – 6; Won 3; Drawn 1; Lost 2; Goals 14; Against 11; Points 10 Austria Played – 6; Won 2; Drawn 1; Lost 3; Goals 9; Against 13; Points 7 Faroe Is Played – 6; Won 1; Drawn 1; Lost 4; Goals 4; Against 14; Points 4 Moldova Played – 6; Won 0; Drawn 1; Lost 5; Goals 3; Against 18; Points 1
Who will be picked?
Grant Hanley definitely won’t as he’s suspended. Here’s a look at one predicted line-up Steve Clarke could opt for.
What were the scores when Scotland played Israel before?
You mean you can’t remember? To be fair, there have been a few in quick succession. Until 2018 the teams had only met three times, but since then they’ve followed a well-trodden path between the countries in various competitions.
They’ve met six times in three years and this will be the seventh in recent times. The last game was a 1-1 away draw in March and Israel have yet to win at Hampden. They’ve twice conceded three goals in Mount Florida and even lost on penalties in the Nations League semi-final.
First Scorer: John McGinn 9/1; Lyndon Dykes 6/1; Shon Weissman 10/1(all Bet365)