Who will win Scotland against Israel? Our editors deliver their predictions for the World Cup qualifying showdown


They don’t come much bigger than that for Scotland.

Steve Clarke’s side have regained control of their World Cup qualifying destiny and can take Qatar one step closer to 2022 with a victory over Israel in Hampden.

The Israelis have become familiar enemies for Clarke and his players, so there will be no surprises for both teams at the national stadium on Saturday night.

But who will emerge victorious?

Our Sport record writers give their predictions …

Keith jackson

They’ve gone too far to let it go now. Steve Clarke and his Scottish players are also too talented not to take this final step. Fingernails will be bitten down to the knuckle, but Billy Gilmour, Callum McGregor and John McGinn will hold the key to dominating midfield. And Lyndon Dykes and Che Adams will push the Israeli defense into submission.

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David McCarthy

It will be the usual and difficult meeting against a team which always makes it difficult for Scotland. The chances will be limited, but what could make the difference is Nathan Patterson who flies up and down on the right flank. Defensively he will need to be wary of Israel’s Manor Solomon, but offensively he can carry a threat visitors have never encountered before.

Scotland 1 Israel 0

Scott burns

It’s probably the biggest game in the country since the Nations League play-off final. We know that a win would go a long way to sealing second place and I expect Scotland to do just that. I want Lyndon Dykes and John McGinn to be on the scoresheet.

Scotland 2 Israel 1

Michel gannon

John McGinn
McGinn was approached to play again

Steve Clarke’s men have confidence and drive. The manager doesn’t need to change too much so it’s still the same after Austria. Israel is a real threat, however, and they could come and give it a go. Scotland will have to be careful and keep their heads back. But there’s enough body and talent to lead the midfield and carve out the chances we need to beat another 90 nervous minutes against familiar enemies.

Scotland 2 Israel 1

Scott mcdermott

Confidence, continuity in squad selection and the return of Hampden’s roar can lead Scotland to a crucial victory. If they can nullify the dangerous Israeli men Zahavi and Solomon, our offensive threat can once again secure the points with fit John McGinn, a key man.

Scotland 2 Israel 1

Gordon Parks

It’s always a little tight against a team which are unfortunately our international equals these days and some of the loot seems on the cards. A crowded Hampden might tip the scales in our favor, but Eran Zahavi might have something to say about it.

Scotland 1 Israel 1

Eran Zahavi
Zahavi once tormented Scotland

Andy Newport

Scotland are back in charge of the play-offs and it’s time for Steve Clarke’s team to put their foot down. Both teams will be fed up with seeing each other, but with everything at stake I can see a big performance and three even bigger points coming our way.

Scotland 2 Israel 0

Graeme Young

This special night against Austria was to be savored, but don’t expect this Israeli side to be so blunt. We know our old friends by heart but it would be wrong to overlook the danger they represent in the last third. Magical playmaker Manor Solomon can unleash the pair of strikes Eran Zahavi and Mu’nas Dabbur with deadly effect. But Scotland will see loopholes on the other side of a team that conceded five in Copenhagen and still have that trip to Glasgow and a visit to Vienna to sail. Expect a different type of game, but a Scotland will have the firepower to face it.

Scotland 3 Israel 1

Liam Bryce

The triumph over Austria was a special event but, as has happened throughout Scottish history, it cannot be allowed to ultimately become meaningless. It’ll be another tense affair against a team we’re all sick of playing against, but the momentum built in Vienna should sweep Hampden to secure the narrowest but most important victory.

Scotland 1 Israel 0


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