Portugal can be satisfied with their current form, currently being unbeaten this year, and has every reason to approach this clash with positive thoughts.
In their latest international appearance, they come with a 0:0 draw against the Spaniards back in Madrid, in a match where honestly both sides certainly had more to offer, especially in the offense.
Expectedly, the hosts had the ball to their feet for most of the time during this encounter, while the Portuguese tried to be dangerous via transition, but neither of them was sharp enough to make this one a bit more interesting.
Defenders Soares (34/1, Arsenal), Neto (19/0, Sporting), Duarte (2/0, Granada), and forward Neto (3/1, Wolverhampton) aren’t in the team this time for EURO 2020.
Israelis failed to grab their first-ever ticket for the European championship, as they were eliminated by Scotland after a penalty shootout back in October, but are coming to this clash after two consecutive victories against Montenegro last Saturday, and Moldova during the World Cup qualifiers in March this year.
In their last match against Montenegrins, they did a good job and were pretty convincing with their 1:3 victory in Podgorica, but the hosts are not shining with quality, so the upcoming clash with Portugal will certainly be at a completely different level in terms of difficulty.
The guests will miss defenders Taha (13/0, Hapoel Beer Sheeva), Tawatha (21/1, Maccabi Haifa), Abd Elhamed (11/0, Hapoel Beer Sheva), midfielders Kayal (45/2, Bnei Sakhnin), Peretz (20/2, Maccabi Tel Aviv), Bitton (33/2, Celtic), Golasa (17/0, Maccabi Tel Aviv), and forwards Dabbur (29/8, Hoffenheim) and Weissman (14/0, Valladolid) compared to previous call-ups.
Portugal vs Israel H2H
11.10.13 Portugal vs Israel 1 : 1
22.03.13 Israel vs Portugal 3 : 3
15.11.00 Portugal vs Israel 2 : 1
Barely an inconvenience for the hosts
A victory of Portugal is looking inevitable, as the shire quality gap between these two simply can not be compared. Portuguese are better in every aspect of the game, and with their sturdy defensive line, I simply can not see a scenario in which Israel can be in a position to be effective in the probably more passive encounter than what it usually should be, with EURO starting in a matter of days.