Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Thursday’s Conference League at Stadionul Municipal pits together Universitatea Craiova and Hapoel Beer Sheva, the two teams, who are vying for a spot in the group stages. The Romanians outplayed Zorya Luhansk in the third qualifying round, but they do not want to stop now. Craiova proved their worth in a hard-fought league win over Mioveni as well, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the visit of Hapoel. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Israelis, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the Conference League qualifiers, but beating Universitatea on the road is easier said than done. A close match is on the cards in Drobeta-Turnu Severin (neutral location), and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder Andre Martins is a major doubt after limping off with injury in a 3-1 win over Lugano.
Highlighted Player (Eitan Tibi):
Eitan Tibi is a profesional footballer who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Born in Jerusalem on 16 November, 1987, Tibi started his senior career at his hometown club Beitar Jerusalem. After ending his spell with Beitar in 2010 he moved to Charleroi and it has to be noted that the made nine league appearances for the Belgium outfit in the 2010/2011 season.
The Israeli defender then returned to his homeland, signing a contract with Ironi Kiryat Shmona, but he spent no more than one season at the club. In the summer of 2012 he signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv and he has been playing for the club ever since. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing as a left back as well.
In 2012 Eitan Tibi made his Israel debut against Czech Republic and he has established himself as a first-team regular. He started the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Italy, but Israel suffered a 3-1 loss to Giampiero Ventura’s troops in their opener.
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.