EUROPE: World Cup – Qualification
Time: 7:45 PM
Venue: Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)
Denmark took another giant leap in their 2022 World Cup Qualification (WCQ) campaign, overcoming a spirited Faroe Islands side 1-0 last time out. Frustrated for most of the game, despite seeing his side register 75% possession, Jonas Wind gave the Danes a ‘second wind’, as his 85th minute strike secured the points and made it a perfect five wins from five.
Aiming for consecutive appearances in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 and 2002, Kasper Hjulmand’s men are the only nation yet to concede a goal (GF 17, GA 0). Another clean sheet here would maintain Denmark’s chances of becoming the first UEFA nation since England (in the 1990 World Cup qualifiers) to go through an entire WCQ campaign without conceding.
Though clear outsiders here, Israel are defying all the odds in Group F right now, currently occupying second place at the halfway point. After a 5-2 thumping of higher-ranked Austria on Saturday, the Blue and Whites’ chase for a first World Cup finals appearance since 1970 – and a first-ever qualification from the UEFA zone – is well and truly on.
The Israelis have not only been successful on their travels lately (W3, L1), they have brought entertainment value to boot, with all four of those fixtures registering over 3.5 goals. However, Israel will be humbled when looking at the H2H record, losing each of the last five five games and doing so by an aggregate score of 15-1 in the process.
Players to watch: Danish matchwinner in the last round, Jonas Wind, made it 2-0 and secured the victory when these two sides met in March. Meanwhile, Eran Zahavi has netted a hat-trick and a brace across his last two outings for Israel.
Denmark’s form in last 5 matches: WWDWW.
Israel’s form in last 5 matches: WWLWW.