07.09.2012 Azerbaijan – Israel Match Preview

 Azerbaijan vs Israel Match Preview & News & Prediction & Team Performances


Azerbaijan had very good friendly matches last months. We saw team’s performance is growing day by day. Firstly an Azerbaijani team promoted to group stages in European tournaments this year and it was really surprising performance of them. Azerbeijan got that success with Neftchi Baku and their main players are from Neftchi Baku in their squad. Azerbeijan is using defensive tactics in international matches and they are doing that well. They able to beat Turkey and get a draw against Belgium in their home in Euro 2012 qualifications. It was great success for Azerbaijan National Team. They made 7 friendly matches in 2012. They got 2 wins, 4 draws and a lose. I believe Azerbaijan can’t do much in qualification groups but I am sure they will do surprises in their home matches. They will face with Israel in their home.


Azerbaijan players

Azerbaijan players are generally playing their local league. There are some players for Turkish League too. As I have told, main squad players are from Neftchi Baku. Especially their defenders performances were very good in club base. Rashad Farhad Sadygov is the most important man of national squad. He is 30 years old and he is playing for Neftchi. He also played football for Turkish teams in the past. He is the most experienced one in the team and his performance will affect this match… Another defender of Neftchi Mahir Shukurov is another important player of Azerbaijan. He played in Turkish leagues and he was playing for Anzhi Mahackale in the past.




Israel got 5 wins, a draw and 4 loses in Euro Cup qualifications and end to group stages in 3rd position. They are playing in their home well but it’s not same for away. Israel also made 4 friendly matches in 2012. They lost 3 of that matches and got a draw. They preferred to play their matches in away against strong national teams. (Ukraine, Czech Republic and Germany) I don’t think that their perfomance was very good in friendlies but it was just friendly matches.




Israel Players

Israel has a few important players in their squad. One of them is their famous left winger and captain Yossi Benayoun. Yossi Benayoun is playing for Westham United at the moment but he couldn’t play in any matches this season. His performace has dropped but Israel will need him for pass to Azerbeijani defence in this match. Yossi Benayoun’s alternatives are not very good players. Bibras Natkho is another important player of Israel National Team. Rubin Kazan transferred him from H. Tel-Aviv 2 years ago. He capped 17 times for national team.

Injured Players

Azerbeijan hasn’t any important injured player at the moment.
Palermo’s offensive midfielder Eran Zahavi is injured in Israel National Team. I don’t think that his abscense will affect to match.

Match Prediction

I believe that Azerbeijan will manage to finish first half with draw.






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