[/mt_one_half] National Stadium Ramat Gan | 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Group F | Kick Off: 13:45 | Israel vs Portugal
Match Preview & Team News
The FIFA world cup event is undoubtedly one of the best and most watched, across the globe. In the race to secure participation in the FIFA wold cup final round in Brazil, just like in many world cup qualifiers, this preliminary match will see a very enthusiastic and motivated Israel play against one of Europe’s giants in Portugal.
Israel has never been successful in the aim to participate in one of the major football events. With 3 wins out of a total of 5 international matches, Israel seems to be well prepared for this exciting battle.
When faced with extraordinary attack from players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga, it seems very much necessary to begin with a defensive squad. There are no new players in the squad for Coach Eli Guttman.
Portugal are the obvious favourites but one should keep in mind that this team of Paulo Bento has won only one match in the past five international meetings. Well, there is no doubt that the star team player Cristiano Ronaldo is in his exceptional and pristine form. Red Devils’ Portuguese winger Nani has failed to recover from a recent hamstring injury in his side’s draw with Chelsea in the F.A.Cup. This has given an opportunity for Wolfsburg attacker Vieirinha to play in his debut.
Paulo Bento made a humorous note when asked about Ronaldo’s low sugar condition as he said, “I guess I can ask the national squad doctor to bring along some extra sugar packages.”
F.C.Porto’s excellent midfielder Joao Moutinho who is highly energetic in the game remains an injury doubt for Portugal. He might be in the opening eleven. Pepe will of course help in possession for Portugal!
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Players to watch for in this match will be Real Mallorca’s TomerHemed of Israel who is a clever attacker. He will surely make something very profitable in this upcoming fixture against Portugal whereas for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo would the player to be watched. He will surely make the defenders dance as he has been doing for his side very well since a month in the Spanish League and the Uefa Champions league.
Portugal and Israel, both will require this crucial win. All they need to keep in mind is to make the best use of their starting eleven.
Probable Starting Lineup
Israel (5-3-2) – Aouate, Shpungin, Ben Haim, Keinan, Tibi, Rikan, Kayal, Natcho, Melikson, Ben Basat, Hemed
Portugal (4-3-3) – Patricio, Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao, Danny, Veloso, Meireles,Vieirinha, Postiga, Ronaldo