Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Hapoel Be’er Sheva defeated Inter at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in their Europa League opener, but they have been struggling in front of goal in Group K ever since. Following a goalless draw with Southampton, Hapoel suffered a 1-0 loss to Sparta Prague in their last group game, meaning that the hosts head into Thursday’s football match with the lack of confidence. The Czechs are eyeing their third consecutive win in Group K and seeing that they rolled over Pribram in their last league fixture, we would not be surprised if the hosts pick up all three points from the Generali Arena showdown. David Lafata scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Pribram and we predict that he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Taking everything into account, we are tempted to put our money on Sparta, who have been in a much better form than Hapoel Be’er Sheva of late.
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.