Pick: Israel (DNB)
Stake: 10/10 Odds: 1.80
Israel comes to play their 1st match at this campign, at Estonia.
I can give my point of view about this match from an Israeli point of view. As far as i saw from the Israeli current national team, with the new coach Dror Kashtan they are they looked decent and almost came back with a win from a friendly match at Slovenia.
Israel played at this match without Tal Ben Haim, the main player in Israel's defence and most of the match without Benayoun.
I think the Israeli lineup for the match at a Estonia will be a tough nut to crack, and there are some key players at this match -
Tal Ben Haim - Ben Haim had a minor "conflict" with coach Kashtan, but it's over and he's back to the team. The Israeli defence without him is a real mess, his got lots of potential and he proved it at the WC 2006 qualification matches.
Yossi Benayoun - There's nothing special to say about Benayoun, i guess must of you know him and he is the 'engine' of the Israeli national team.
Michael Zandberg - Zandberg played one of his best matches at sunday, against Maccabi Tel Aviv, scoring 2 goals and winning the match for Beitar. He did amazing job and if he'll play like that at Saturday, Estonia will have mijor problems with him.
Roberto Colautti - Colautti is the best striker of the Israeli league. He arrived to Maccabi Haifa from Boca Juniors and scored 32 goals since 2005. Because the lack of strikers at the Israeli squad, Colautti is an excellent addition to the national team.
Estonia improved at the recent years, but in the 1st match of qualifications they lost at home to Macedonia.
Although that their main player, the striker Oper is coming back, i believe that Ben Haim will succeed at the mission to stop him.
It's also important to mention that the Israeli players really want this win, after the decision of UEFA, that meanwhile the matches aren't coming back to Israel. There were some tough comments in Israel about the conducting of UEFA and the players are determined to win.
I can't see Israel losing the match and in my opinion, Israel is way better than Estonia and is more expirienced team. I think Israel will win this one, but i took the (0) handicap because i see it as a safe bet