Israel make the trip to Iceland for their upcoming UEFA Nations League fixture with the opportunity to move to the brink of promotion to the top tier.
However, with Iceland trailing the visitors by just two points in Group B2, things could change significantly with one game remaining.
With Russia having been thrown out of the competition due to the military invasion of Ukraine, it left Israel has the favourites to claim top spot in a three-nation group.
They certainly have not had it their own way, a 2-2 draw with Iceland on matchday one being followed by a comeback victory over Albania on Friday.
Nevertheless, with just two games remaining, Israel can almost secure first place, a win forcing Albania to win both of their remaining fixtures.
Israel’s four goals have been shared around, a Manor Solomon double proving the difference versus Albania after the home side had initially taken a 1-0 lead.
That success also ended a run of four successive defeats, and their solitary loss in five outings came by a 2-0 scoreline in a friendly with Germany.
From Iceland’s perspective, they have found wins difficult to come by of late, Thursday’s 1-0 victory in San Marino representing their first since October 11.
On a more positive note, five draws came during an eight-game period, the most recent being a comeback 1-1 draw with Albania on Monday.
However, Iceland have won just two home fixtures over the past 20 months, their solitary win on familiar territory since the beginning of 2021 being against Liechtenstein.
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We say: Iceland 1-2 Israel
With both teams heading into this fixture unbeaten, there will be a certain level of respect during the early stages. Nevertheless, we feel that the visitors possess the better quality in all areas, leading us to predict a hard-fought win by the odd goal in three.