Very important match for both selections, especially for Croatia. Both played two matches so far, and both left without two points playing draw one match. But, Israel played tied in Georgia, 0:0, which can be considered a positive outcome, while Croatia lost two points at home on the match against Greece, also 0-0. Israel won at home against Malta, 3:1, and the first HT on this match ended 1:1. It's needless to say how Malta is weaker team than Croatia. On the other side, Croatia won 3:0 in Latvia, and they won the first HT, 1:0, but that goal was scored in 43rd minute. So, looking from the perspective of earlier matches of these two teams it's realistic to expect a draw at half time. In Croatian selection domineers euphoria, they expect a victory which would have meant big advantage in continuation of the competition and could compensate minus from the match against Greeks. Israel is very uncomfortable host, but Croatia has a good mutual score with them. However, Israel's coach prefers defensive play and I think the Croats are wrong when you are expecting rallying with host. Israel is without very important player, Benayoun, Croatia without Srna, Petric and Jelavic, also very important players. For me, this match is tied, especially in the first part. I expect 0:0 at HT, but a little bit higher odds for this pick isn't worth to risk.
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