Analysis: Israel confident of progress to playoffs after draw

Despite spoiling the party in Cardiff on Sunday, Israel is hoping Wales can do it a favor next month and allow the blue-and white to wrap-up third place in Group B and secure a playoff berth in Euro 2016 qualification with one match to spare.

The 0-0 draw against Wales combined with Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 3-0 win over Andorra means Israel requires four points from its remaining two qualifiers to advance to the playoffs regardless of other results in the group. However, while the national team will be confident of picking up three points against Cyprus at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem in its next qualifier on October 10, it will be a firm underdog against Belgium in Brussels three days later in its final match of the campaign.

With Israel having the advantage of a two-point gap and the head-to-head tiebreaker, the Bosnians need to collect three more points than the blue-andwhite to finish in third.


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