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Scotland against Israel: Andreas Herzog promises a "battle" as a side view of history

Andreas Herzog led his side to three consecutive wins
League Cup, League C, Group 1: Scotland v Israel
Location: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Tuesday, November 20 Start: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: Listen live at Radio Scotland & online; text commentary on the BBC Sport & app website

Andreas Herzog says that matching Scotland fighting their qualities is "crucial" and that poor performance of Israeli teams in Scotland will not mean anything to Hampden.

The Austrian side must avoid defeat to the top of the C1 and gain promotion instead of its hosts.

But no senior Israeli team – at national or club level – avoided defeat in Scotland.

"This is a new team, a new opponent," said the head coach. "First we have to go out and give them a real battle."

The 7: 0 Israeli game in Guatemala on Thursday was their third consecutive victory, but lost 3: 1 in the only second visit to Hampden Park – the World Cup qualification in 1981.

Hapoel Tel Aviv lost three times in Scotland, while Hapoel Beer Sheva, Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa lost once.

"Of course, the Scottish team has a very good history," Herzog admitted. "They are a very good team at home, but I'm not interested in the past."

Although both sides are bound to points, Israel holds the upper hand thanks to their 2-1 victory over Scots in Haifa in October.

But Herzog knows that Scotland will believe in its fourth point in Albania in Skodru on Saturday.

"We expect a difficult game," he said. "Everything is related to character and mentality, and as a professional player, this is what you are training for.

"If we are not aggressive and can not match energy, then it will be a difficult game for us."

Anyone at the top of the group will win the promotion in League B and earn Euro 2020 a place to play.

"We all know it's a great opportunity for us," Herzog added. "We are in the first place in the group and we want to maintain this position.

"We had to be prepared for a wide variety of circumstances and so far we had a good preparation."

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