Israel vs Wales – Match preview and team news

Wales will be aiming to continue their fine start to Euro 2016 qualifying as they face an Israel side that is also very optimistic of reaching the finals for the first time in their footballing history.

Grabbing a draw in Belgium was potentially crucial for Chris Coleman’s side, keeping a side full of Premier League stars out in a superb rearguard action. That result leaves them second in Group B with eight points from a possible 12, with Belgium sitting three points behind in fourth having played a game less.

But it is hosts Israel leading the way with a perfect record after three games, and the manner of their victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina suggests they should not be underestimated. The 3-0 win against a side that impressed at last summer’s World Cup shows that Wales must be on their game here in order to collect anything from this match.

What the visitors do have on their side is the presence of one of the world’s best players in Gareth Bale. He has admittedly suffered a dip in form for Real Madrid and has been made a scapegoat for the club’s recent slip-ups, but he has been a talismanic figure for Wales in this campaign so far.

Elsewhere, captain Ashley Williams is set to win his 50th senior international cap and Aaron Ramsey will be keen to follow on from his strong form for Arsenal. The former will have to keep the prolific Omer Damari in check, while Wales are without James Chester and Andy King. A point here for the men in red would be a very acceptable result.

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