Blue-and-white braces for final stretch

Israel coach Eli Gutman is confident Eran Zahavi can translate his unstoppable form for Maccabi Tel Aviv to the national team, starting with Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra at Sammy o fer Stadium in Haifa.

The blue-and-white currently sits in fourth place in Group B  with nine points from six matches following three consecutive defeats. The top two and the best third-placed team from the nine qualifying groups advance automatically to the finals in France, with the remaining eight third-placed sides to play a home-and- away playoff for four berths.

Three days after facing minnow Andorra  which has lost all six of its qualifiers to date by a combined goal difference of 3-23, Israel visits first-place Wales on Sunday. On October 10, Israel welcomes Cyprus before completing its qualifying campaign at Belgium three days later.


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