Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Flora play host to Hapoel Be’er Sheva at their A. Le Coq Arena in the first leg of the Champions League first qualifying round. The Estonian champions head into Tuesday’s football match following a routine 13-0 over a lower-league side Helios, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Flora recorded only one win in previous 12 Champions League games, meaning that home win should not be considered. Over the years Hapoel Be’er Sheva have established themselves as one of the best Israeli teams. The Israeli champions aim to get their job done in the first leg and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s clash. Barak Bakhar’s men are determined to book their place in the Champions League group stages and Flora are unlikely to pose a big threat for the Israeli side.
Highlighted Player (Isaac Cuenca):
Isaac Cuenca is a product of Barcelona football academy “La Masia”. Cuenca scored two goals in two appearances for Barcelona B and he made his official debut for the first team on October 25, 2011 in a 1-0 win over Granada. However, after failing to establish himself as a first-team regular at Barca, the pacey winger signed a loan deal with Ajax in 2013, but he made no more than three appearances in Eredivisie for the Dutch club.
After ending his loan spell with the Amsterdammers, Isaac Cuenca returned to Spain and signed a one-year deal with Deportivo La Coruna. The 179-cm tall footballer, who was born in Reus, Spain, on April 27, 1991 left the Galician side at the end of the 2014/2015 season and he played for the likes of Bursaspor and Granada before joining Israeli outfit Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Issac Cuenca has two caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his senior debut with La Roja.
Highlighted Team (Hapoel Beer Sheva):
Hapoel Be'er Sheva are an Israeli football club based in Beersheba. The club was founded in 1949 and they play their home games at Turner Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 16 126 and it was opened in September, 2015.
Hapoel wear red shirts and white shorts when playing on home soil and they play in blue shirts and black shorts on the travels. The club played their first game against Mefalsim and they defeated their opponents 5-4. Back then no more than five teams competed in the Israeli league and it has to be noted that the likes of Hapoel Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hapoel Ramat Gan were other teams that participated in the league.
In 1975 Hapoel Be’er Sheva won their first Israeli Premier League trophy, with the team finishing the season three points clear of Maccabi Netanya. In the 2015/2016 season they won their third domestic trophy, leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv three points clear of them in the standings. Shalon Avitan is one of the most notable footballers who played for the club.