Sparta Prague VS Hapoel Beer Sheva Prediction
Sparta Prague continues to show inconsistency in the domestic competitions but “The Maroons” are topping Group K of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League, where on Thursday evening Czech side welcomes a surprising Israeli champion Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Only two weeks ago both sides met at the “Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium” in Beer-Sheva where Hapoel were keen to record second group stage success, but visitors from the Czech Republic have outwitted them. “The Camels” were leading team in most of the game as they held the ball, created more scoring chances, but in final David Holoubek’s men were winners after a winning goal by substitution Matej Pulkrab. He realized one of the very few chances which Sparta had, whose winner climbed them on top of the group where Sparta is with 6 points, remaining on two points above Southampton and Hapoel Be’er Sheva, while Inter Milan occupies last fourth position with only one win out of three UEFA Europa League group games.
Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva – Team News and Match Preview
Victory in Israel has been followed by two disappointing results on both domestic fronts where Sparta Prague lost to reigning champion Viktoria Plzen (0-1) only three days later, while next blow over Sparta’s season hopes came in the Czech Cup. Few days after losing in Plzen, Sparta had a visit in Zlín where hosts won with 3-1 after extra 30 minutes (score in regular 90 minutes was 1-1). Thus Sparta have been eliminated early in the Round of 16, but their efforts in the Czech First League are not more different. Sparta Prague alternates different results which places them on the fifth position, where “The Maroons” are behind teams of Zlin, Slavia Prague, Mlada Boleslav and on 7 points from leaders Viktoria Plzen. Apparently not the best season for the most successful club in the Czech Republic, but at least their 4-0 win against Pribram came right on time. That happened on Saturday afternoon when Sparta achieved third consecutive home win and veteran David Lafata has reminded about his presence after he netted a hat-trick in Pribram’s net.
Previous two home wins part of Sparta’s winning home streak were 3-0 vs Vysočina Jihlava in the Czech First League, but surely most remarkable success in Sparta’s current season remains the 3-1 against Inter Milan from end of September.
In the same way as Sparta Prague, Hapoel Be’er Sheva have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League qualifiers where they’ve reached the playoff round, while Sparta lost in 3rd qualifying round. However, both sides couldn’t reach the cherished target and they’re both eager for more European football in 2017. This goes through a victory in that game and visitors from Israel cannot afford to lose again, otherwise they could find themselves in really tricky situation, as the last two Europa League rounds will be facing them vs Inter Milan (at home) and Southampton (away).
“The Camels” will cover serious distance from Beer Sheva to Prague, which is around 2700km, after a massive success on Sunday evening, when Hapoel won 2-0 against the other Israeli Europa League representative – Maccabi Tel Aviv. That was a direct scuffle for the first position in Israeli Premier League and it has moved Hapoel Be’er Sheva on top of the league, where they have 19 points in 8 rounds. Barak Bakhar’s selection is also leading in two important components – team that has scored most goals (joint position with Maccabi Tel Aviv – 18), as well as team with least conceded goals – only 3. Of course, we cannot compare all domestic fixtures with that fierce competition in the Europa League, but especially last one should boost Hapoel’s morale before journey to the Czech Republic, which can be crucial for all further dreams in the first ever group stage participation for “The Camels”.
Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Sparta Prague was the first ever Czech opposition to face Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a competitive game, while besides round one, Sparta’s only past experience of Israeli clubs came in the 2012/13 Europa League group phase, where they won 3-1 in Prague and drew 1-1 away to Hapoel Kiryat Shmona. Four years later “Maroons” still hold good record when facing teams from Israel, but they must do much better than in the first leg, if Sparta wants to retain first position in Group K.
Same thing goes for visitors from Beer Sheva who need to be more effective in front of goal. Their first Europa League journey was at the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza” in Milan where match has ended with a surprising 0-2 win for the away side, but after that major result “Camels” cannot score again. It has been followed by two home games and except already reviewed first round vs Sparta, Hapoel’s first home fixture was a goalless draw against Southampton.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Sparta Prague are traditionally strong in their Europa League appearances at home turf. Fact they have lost only twice in their previous 26 home appearances within same competition shows how fine they feel in Prague, as both defeats were against clubs like Chelsea and Villarreal. Most recent of them was the 2-4 defeat by Villarreal in last season’s UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.
We believe Sparta Prague will accomplish another victory against Hapeol Be’er Sheva here. The Czech team can benefit from its main aces – experience, home advantage and availability of attacking players like Borek Dockal, David Lafata and Vaclav Kadlec, who can all contribute for the eventual outcome expected by our betting analysts. Home win (1X2 Betting) is the bet which goes into our betting slip – Sparta Prague to win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Thursday night, 3 November 2016.
Venue: “Generali Arena”, Prague.
Referee: István Vad from Hungary.
Possible starting lineups of Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva
AC Sparta Prague: Tomas Koubek – Vyacheslav Karavaev, Ondrej Mazuch, Michal Kadlec, Costa Nhamoinesu – Ondrej Zahustel, Lukas Marecek, Borek Dockal, Daniel Holzer – Vaclav Kadlec, David Lafata. (4-4-2)
Hapoel Be’er Sheva: David Goresh – Mihály Korhut, Miguel Vitor, Shir Zedek, Ben Bitton – Ovidiu Hoban, John Ogu, Maharan Radi – Maor Melikson, Maor Bar Buzaglo, Ben Sahar. (4-3-3)