Switzerland V Israel – Swiss only need point to book tickets…

11th October 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Switzerland V Israel – Wednesday 14th October

(19:00 GMT)


This may not look the most glamorous of qualifiers on paper but there is a lot at stake as Israel make the trip across central Europe to Switzerland knowing only a win will do for them. The Swiss, however, are just a point away from booking their place in their ninth World Cup.


Switzerland lead Group 2 by three points, with Greece trailing them in second position. However, with the Swiss only having a one better goal difference then the Greek's, they know they have to keep it tight on Wednesday and at least get the point they need to qualify.


Israel have struggled to keep up with Switzerland but they aren't without hope, of making the play-off's that is. Israel find themselves two points adrift of Greece in third, so only a win will do for them if they want to leapfrog Greece into second. However, there is a major glitch, Greece are facing a Luxembourg side languishing second from bottom with just five points. The Greek's hammered Luxembourg 3-0 in the reverse fixture so this game for Israel does look pointless on paper, but they will hold out for a miracle.



Switzerland's Predicament – Avoid DEFEAT against Israel, at home, and they'll secure their passage to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Were they to lose and Greece to beat Luxembourg, Greece would leapfrog the Swiss into first, moreover, snatching the one remaining automatic position out of Swiss hands


Israel's Predicament – They must BEAT Switzerland and hope Luxembourg beat Greece, in Greece.




Switzerland to WIN – 3 / 4 Bet365


Israel to WIN – 9/2 SkyBet


Draw – 5/2 Ladbrokes



Our Hunch: The fact that Israel know a Greece win elsewhere is near enough a formality could play a huge part in how they enter this game, mentally. If they can put that to one side then they could be dangerous on the night but Switzerland have the incentive they need to get motivated for the win that would secure their berth in South Africa. The home side should have enough to at least secure the point they need to progress, possibly go one further and take all three, just to make sure.


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