Will Israel go into Euro 2024 qualification full of optimism?
On Thursday night, the Blue and Whites enjoyed a friendly victory over Zambia, prevailing 4-2 in Petah Tikva.
Tai Baribo, Dean David and Itamar Shviro the scorers.
Israel have never qualified for a major tournament since gaining UEFA membership, but Alon Hazan’s side are hopeful of changing that in just 12 months time.
Israel are in Euro 2024 qualifying Group I, alongside Switzerland, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus and Andorra.
A top two finish is extremely realistic; their clashes with Romania on 9 September and 18 November could be decisive.
Here, a home win seems likely, given Cyprus’ recent form.
On Wednesday, Temur Ketsbaia’s team were easily beaten by Bulgaria, going down 2-0 in Larnaca.
Back in September, Cyprus finished rock bottom of their Nations League C group, so will take on Gibraltar in a relegation play-out in March 2024.
Here, a home win is likely to be on the cards at HaMoshava Stadium.