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Date: 21 Mar 2013;
Russia leads the Group F, so both teams will be looking for points to close down to the 2014 World Cup qualification.
The game between 74th ranked Israel and 7th ranked Portugal is very important as both have great chances for qualification. These two sides have met each other 4 times before and Portugal have 3 wins and 1 defeat.
Israel stands 2nd in the Group F with 7 points from 4 games. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 losses in their last five matches. Last five home games Israel have finished with 3 losses and 2 wins. In the Group F they have 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, and are equal with Portugal on points standing above just in goal difference. Their best striker is the Mallorca player Tomer Hemed with his 5 goals in his 3 appearances. Israel played just once in the World Cup competition in 1970.
Portugal goes 3rd in the Group F with 7 points from 4 matches. Their present form has been very poor with just 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses in their last five games. Last five away games have finished with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Portugal has 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the Group F and has +3 in goal difference. Portugal have participated in 5 World Cups. The Portuguese team lost to the leaders Russia 1-0.
Portugal knows that anything other than 3 points would guarantee them a lot of problems. Portugal and Israel are five points behind the leaders Russia.
Portugal head coach Paulo Bento who is already feeling the pressure, will play without Manchester United star Nani due to a hamstring injury. Midfielder Joao Moutinho is doubtful after sustaining a muscle injury. Bento called up Wolfsburg’s winger Vierinha for the first time.
Israel coach Eli Guttman can count on veteran Yossi Benayoun. He has 90 appearances, but has been dropped to the bench in previous games. Also head coach has some worries about playing time of QPR’s Tal Ben-Haim and Swansea’s Itay Schechter. All three have a lack of playing minutes for their clubs. Guttman has no new injury concerns.
Israel line-up: Aouate, Gabai, Tibi, Keinan, Gershon, Natkho, Alberman, Benayoun, Melikson, Hemed, Basat.
Last three matches:
Israel 3 – 0 Luxembourg;
Israel 1 – 2 Belarus;
Israel 2 – 1 Finland.
Portugal line-up: Rui Patricio, Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrao, Micael, Veloso, Moutinho, Varela, Postiga, Ronaldo.
Last three matches:
Portugal 1 – 1 Northern Ireland;
Gabon 2 – 2 Portugal;
Portugal 2 – 3 Ecuador.