Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland welcome Israel to Windsor Park tonight after arctic weather conditions threatened to disrupt play.
After failing to secure a win in their previous four games of the qualifiers, Northern Ireland will be looking for a win tonight to remain in contention for second place with both Israel and Portugal.
Despite never beating Northern Ireland in their previous seven international meetings, Israel will be confident of a win after narrowly missing out on a win against Euro 2012 semi-finalists, Portugal, last week.
Hull City midfielder, Corry Evans, has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad after recovering from injury earlier this month.
A win for Israel tonight would take them within one point of group leaders Russia and put them in good stead for their remaining fixtures.
KICK-OFF: Tonight, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Northern Ireland 1 (McCann) Israel 1 (Barda), International, 2009/2010
Israel 1 Northern Ireland 1, International, 1986/1987
Northern Ireland 3 Israel 0, International, 1984/1985
Tomer Hemed has scored six goals in last four games, with a hatrick against Luxembourg.
No Northern Ireland player has scored more than a single goal in the previous four fixtures.
Northern Ireland are without a win in 12 international fixtures.
Edin Dzeko is the only other player who has scored more than Hemed in the tournament so far with a total of seven goals.
Northern Ireland to win: 3.35
Israel to win: 3.35
TV: Live on Sky Sports 3 at 7.45pm, highlights on BBC One 11:15 PM.
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