Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Hapoel Be’er Sheva have been playing above expectations in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. The Israeli outfit claimed a major scalp in their opener in Group K, with the team beating Inter at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 2-0. Hapoel managed to hold Southampton to a goalless draw in their second group game and Bachar Barak’s men will be looking to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the Europa League when they take on Sparta Prague on Thursday evening. The Czechs suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Southampton in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but they proved their worth in a 3-1 victory over Inter. Both teams aim to stay in the race for a place in the knockout stages and we predict that Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Sparta Prague are going to share the spoils in Thursday’s football match at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium.
Highlighted Team (Sparta Prague):
Established in 1893, Sparta Prague is one of Europe’s oldest clubs and the most successful side in Czech Republic, having won no fewer than 36 league titles and 27 Czech Cup trophies. The club play their games at the Generali Arena in Prague and hold a long-lasting rivalry with Slavia Prague.
Sparta Prague enjoyed their Golden Years in the 1960’s, when average attendance was nearly 40,000 and players like Jiri Tichy, Andrej Kvasnak and Vaclav Masek entertained the crowds week in week out. Rudi largely impressed in the maiden Champions League campaign during the 1991/92 season as they finished second in the semi-final group, meaning they were among top 4 European sides at the moment.
Nevertheless, Sparta Prague have enjoyed little to no success on the European stage since, reaching the Champions League knockout stages on just one occasion, with their latest major coup the return of prodigal son Tomas Rosicky from Arsenal.