Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football game at Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium pits together Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Steaua. Hapoel Be’er Sheva kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over Lugano, but they failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to Viktoria Plzen at Doosan Arena. The Israeli outfit obviously produce much better performances at home than on the travels and we predict that they are going to grab something from the game against Steaua. The Romanian side aim to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Viktoria Plzen and Lugano but, no doubt, they should be happy with one point from Thursday’s clash against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium game and we believe that they are going to share the spoils in their third group match. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before in a competitive match.
Highligted 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 (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since. In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown. Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.