Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bloomfield Stadium will host Thursday’s football game between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Sivasspor, the two teams who are eyeing a place in the Europa League last 32. Maccabi Tel Aviv aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in Group I, but they should be happy with one point from the decider as they are two points clear of third-placed Sivasspor. The good news for the hosts is that Enric Saborit returns from suspension.
Sivasspor, on the other hand, face a must-win situation in Thursday’s clash, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Maccabi. Since the Israelis will have a number of opportunities to score on the break, home win should be considered. Since the likes of Yesilyurt and Yildirim have both been tested positive for coronavirus, while Felix, Djerlek, Kayode, and Rybalka are sidelined with injury, punters can find value in betting on the Yellows.
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 (Sivasspor):
Sivasspor is a Turkish football club based in the city of Sivas. The Red and Whites have been competiting in the Super Lig since 2005, but they have yet to win the domestic trophy. The club’s biggest came in the 2008/09 season when they finished the campaign in the second position in the standings, five points behind champions Besiktas.
As a result, they represented Turkey in the Champions League third qualifying round. Anderlecht proved to be a big catch for the Yigidolar in the qualifiers for the elite competition and, to make things even worse for the fans, the Red and Whites were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League playoffs as well.
Sivasspor welcome their rivals at Sivas Stadium, which can hold up to 27,532 spectators. Max Gradel, Arouna Kone and Mustapha Yatabare are the notable players who play for the clubs. Sivasspor were founded on May 9, 1967.