Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium, Be’er Sheva.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva were stunned by DInamo away in Zagreb in the first leg of their Champions League tie. It should have been a close match-up to be decided by a single goal or even an Wawa goal rule, but the Croatian champions steamed past their rivals to trash them 5-0 in the first game, making the reverse fixture on the Israeli soil only a formality.
Izet Hajrovic, Mislav Orsic, Arijan Ademi and Armin Hodzic bagged goals for the Croatian outfit. Interestingly, teams were tied in the shots in target statistics which only confirms that the margin was just too high.
Hapoel will definitely enter the return fixture highly motivated to fix the impression and at least pick up a victory as the potential progress to the third round is only a formality after the first leg score. Dinamo do not have reasons to rush here and we expect a defensive-minded approach from them here.
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Dinamo Zagreb: Head-to-head
The match played seven days ago in Zagreb was the first ever head to head encounter between these two sides.
Midfielder Arijan Ademi stole the show by bagging a brace, while Bosnian internationals Izet Hajrovic and Armin Hodzic were also a constant threat to Hapoel’s goal.
As mentioned above, it was a much closer game than the 5-0 scoreline suggests.
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Dinamo Zagreb: Prediction
Both teams were in action at the weekend as well, but neither picked up the victory. Hapoel lost Israeli Super Cup final to Hapoel Haifa on penalties after the regular part of the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Dinamo, on the other side, only drew 1-1 at home to the likes of Rudes at the start of the title defense quest in 1. HNL. They were behind all up until the third minute of the stoppage time when Dino Peric brought them on level terms.
The tie was closed seven days ago in Zagreb, but we do fancy the 2.45 odds offered for Hapoel Be’er Sheva to win the match. Braver tipsters can even try with the hosts to win by two or more goals at 4.65 given they certainly won’t lack the motivation to fix the horrendous impression from the first game.
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Dinamo Zagreb: Bet Tips
Hapoel Be’er Sheva to win @ 2.45
Hapoel Be’er Sheva -1.5 handicap @ 4.65.