UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying Soccer Picks: Israel vs. Wales

Nikki Adams

Friday, March 27, 2015 8:58 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 8:58 PM UTC

Israel and Wales collide in European Qualifying on Saturday, a pivotal Group B clash for top spot. Find out what soccer odds are currently trading and where the best action bets are to be had for your soccer picks.

Israel lead Group B
Israel currently lead Group B with nine points and a game in hand. They are a perfect 3-0-0 through three rounds of qualifying games after beating Cyprus 2-1, Andorra 4-1 and Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0. They'll look to maintain their perfect record in EURO 2016 qualifying when they take on Wales in Haifa on Saturday.

Odds makers favor Israel, albeit they are just a smidgen above even money on the soccer odds board, trading at +120 soccer odds. Home form has been auspicious for the Israeli national team as they are 7-1-2 in their last ten home qualifying fixtures. Their only defeats were to Croatia and Greece, both in the qualifying campaign for EURO 2012.

That run of form is going to stand them in good stead for this clash. At least, it will give them a measure of optimism against a Gareth Bale-inspired Wales. Another positive sign is how well they've played on both sides of the ball, scoring nine goals and conceding just two. Most importantly, they blanked Bosnia-Herzegovina, World Cup 2014 qualifiers.  


Wales Nipping At Their Heels
The Welsh hopefuls will have their work cut out for them at Sammy Ofer Stadium on Saturday when they take on a very determined Israel side. Odds makers have priced them as the significant underdogs at +275 to win outright in the EURO 2016 Qualifying odds, despite boasting the world's most expensive footballer in Gareth Bale.

Wales are currently sat second in the table with an undefeated record, but two draws out of four games leaves them in a bit of a precarious position. They've left it on the table for others to gobble up; in particular, Israel and Belgium, both of which have games in hand. That said, holding stalwarts such as Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina to draws is something to cheer about. A draw is still better than losing games.

At  2-2-0 and eight points in four games, they are just a point behind Israel, and a win in Haifa could see them leapfrog to first place for the foreseeable.


Soccer Betting Verdict
Group B may be devoid of some of Europe's top national teams, but it's not a walk in the park either with both Belgium and Bosnia Herzegovina contained within. These pre-tournament favorites may be struggling on form at the moment and trailing in the table as a result, which has opened the door for both Israel and Wales to go through. However, it's a long way yet to the finish line, and both Israel and Wales can't be taking anything for granted even though they are in good positions. The premium on the win here couldn't be greater.

Israel's home advantage ensures they are the favorites on the soccer odds board at +120 to win outright. That it's underscored by a three-game winning streak only lends their soccer odds value.  Nevertheless, Wales presents a serious threat to Israel's perfect run so far. Defensively, Wales have been very strong (evinced by draws to Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina). One can also never underestimate the threat of Bale on the field, even if he's going through a bit of a rough patch with Real Madrid right now. A good account for his nation could do him the world of good and send him back to La Liga brimming with confidence.

Obviously, there are many approaches one can take to this game and to their soccer picks. For our money, we're leaning towards the visitors Wales at +275 to win outright, but it won't be an easy win. The yes option for both teams to score at +100 holds appeal for your soccer picks, as does the Over 2.5 at +130.

Soccer Picks: Wales +275; Both Teams to Score [Yes] at +100

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