Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Hapoel Beer Sheva and Nice, the two teams who failed to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages, face each other at HaMoshava Stadium in what is expected to be a lively contest. Both sides will be with guards down in Thursday’s clash, but bookies see Nice as favourites to win the game. Les Aiglons are eyeing their second win of the process, and they will surely give 100% to finish the process in style.
The likes of Atal, Dante, Dolberg, Lees Melou, and Maolida are all likely to miss the Hapoel game with injuries. The Israeli outfit, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their four-game losing run in Group C, and seeing that both sides are likely to go for a win in the HaMoshava Stadium clash, both teams to score betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Josue):
Born in Ermesinde, Portugal on September 17, 1990, Josué Filipe Soares Pesqueira is a 174-cm tall midfielder, who plays for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor. Josue is a product of FC Porto football school, but he played for the likes of Padroense and Candal during his youth career as well. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Covilha, Penafiel and VVV, Josue signed a contract with Pacos Ferreira in the 2011/2012 season.
The Portuguese footballer played 42 games for Pacos Ferreira before returning to Porto in the 2013/2014 season. In the summer of 2016 Josue joined Galatasaray on loan and after scoring two goals in 25 appearances for the capital club, he moved to fellow Turkish side Osmanlispor in the 2017/2018 season.
Josue currently plays for Akhisar Belediyespor, the Turkish club that booked their place in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages thanks to a win over Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup final. His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is used as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Nice):
OGC Nice are a football club that participate in French Ligue 1. Les Aiglons welcome their opponents at Allianz Riviera and the club was founded on 9 July, 1904 by Marquis Massengy d’ Auzac.
OGC Nice won their first Ligue 1 trophy back in 1951 and eight years later they clinched their fourth and last domestic title. Speaking of the French Cup, les Aiglons won their third Coupe de France title in 1997. Allianz Riviera has been the home ground of the club since September, 2013 and it has to be noted that the construction of the venue cost €250 million. OGC Nice play their home games in red and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kits is white.
The Ligue 1 team booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the 2016/2017 season for the first time in the club’s history and they were drawn alongside Schalke 04, Salzburg and Krasnodar in Group I. However, they were beaten by Schalke in their Europa League opener in front of home fans.