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Having picked up a potentially precious point on the road on Saturday night, it’s vitally important that Israel claim all three in this one.
At the weekend, in a crucial clash at Arena Națională, Israel held Romania to a 1-1 draw in București, courtesy of Oscar Gloukh’s second half strike.
This result leaves Alon Hazan’s team one point below Romania and, with those two fighting it out for second spot, the return fixture in Jerusalem on 18 November could prove decisive.
Before then of course, the Blues and Whites need points, as they seek to qualify for a first major tournament since Mexico 1970, back when they were representing Asia.
With tougher games to come, Israel simply cannot afford to drop points in Tel Aviv.
Belarus meantime were held to a goalless draw by Andorra on Saturday, unable to find the breakthrough at Estadi Nacional.
Having started the campaign with three straight defeats, the White Wings then beat Kosovo back in June, so are currently in fourth place in Group I.
During the summer, Belarus gave Israel a serious scare at Szusza Ferenc Stadion, 1-0 up in the 85th minute, until two very late goals saw the visitors, just about, leave Budapest victorious.
Safe to say, the home fans in attendance at Bloomfield Stadium will be hoping to witness a more comfortable victory this time.
Israel team news
With Liel Abada out injured, goal-scorer Oscar Gloukh got the nod in attack on Saturday, starting alongside Manor Solomon and Dor Turgeman.
Omri Glazer was a fault for Romania’s opener at Arena Națională, so could Daniel Peretz get the nod in goal, winning just his second cap, having recently joined Bayern Munich?
Belarus team news
Max Ebong, who’s scored 50% of Belarus’ goals this year, including netting against Israel in the reverse fixture, will miss this game suspended, having picked up his third yellow card of the campaign in Andorra.