Israel – Portugal 22.03.2013
Early pick for me as i believe odds will drop as we approach game.
Israel simply doesn’t have the tools to confront C. Ronaldo that looks in great form as of late. They can’t handle not the pace nor strength of Portuguese players, as much as Portugal team is pretty much disappointing when comes to results vs weaker opponents. They are the goalless draw at home vs North Ireland for instance or beating Luxemburg only 2-1 away, this game is live or die for them if like to be able to still get top place in group trailing after Russia and can’t afford dropping points where Russia beat Israel 4-0 as well as getting Israel off their back in competition for 2nd place in group.
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It doesn’t really matter which line up Israeli coach will chose and what game plan he has be it 5 defenders or more, Portugal in a must win situation and has the tools to get the job done,it all depends on their players, Israel simply doesn’t have the tools to face Portugal pace wise as well as physical shape and strength. Stadium all sold out, 40,000 tickets sold weeks ago and if had 100,000 seats it will be full as well. Everyone like to watch C Ronaldo and not really coming to cheer for local team. For me this is a clear away win.