Hapoel Beer Sheva v Southampton
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 29th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:00 UK,
Venue: Turner Stadium, Be’er Sheva.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva surprisingly defeated Inter Milan 0-2 at San Siro last two weeks, now they will be hosting English side Southampton at Yaakuv Turner Toto Stadium Be’er Sheva.
The Israeli side defeated Inter Milano against all odds at Italian soil, goals from Miguel Victor and M. Buzaglo in the 54th and 69th minute respectively were enough to give them the deserved win. They will e hoping to win this game to go top of group K.
Hapoel are currently 2nd in the Ligaat Ha’al table with 10 points from 5 games, 6 points below Macabi Tel Aviv on top of the table. They are currently on an unbeaten run in their last 3 games in all competitions and hope to keep the good form.
Southampton defeated Sparta Praha at home in their first group game as the game end 3-0. Austin’s Penalty in the 5th minute opened the score for the Saints, while his second goal in the 27th minute extended the lead to 2-0. Later in the 90th minute, J. Rodriguez made 3-0 keeping them top of group K
The Saints will enter the game from a 0-3 away win at West Ham, goals from Austin, D. Tadic and J. Ward-Prowse were enough to give the the desired win. They now will be hoping for a win in this fixture to extend their winning streak to 5 games.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs Southampton: Head to Head Statistics
He two teams have never played a game against each other in the past, also Southampton will be making their first visit to Be’er Sheva.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs Southampton: Prediction
Southampton have been on an excellent form in their last five games, they are currently on a 4-game winning streak. They have scored at least 2 goals in 3 of their last 4 games, and they have kept clean sheets in all of their last 4 games.
Hapoel haven’t been bad though their form is not as good as the Saints’ form, they have won 2 of their last 5 games. Also they have drawn 2 of their last 5 games and lost once. They have scored at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 games.
Southampton have all it takes to win this game and extend their winning streak, therefore I’m backing them to get all 3 points.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva are expecting to have a fully fit squad on Thursday.
Jay Rodriguez and Sofiane Boufal are going to be missing until mid-October, whilst new signing Jeremy Pied is out for the rest of the season with an ACL knee injury.