Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Celtic
2016/ 17 Champions League Play-Off.
Date: Tuesday, 23 August, 2016.
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Turner Stadium (Beersheba).
Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva will be hosting Scottish side Celtic on Tuesday for the Champions League playoffs return leg at Turner stadium.
The Beersheban side lost heavily in the first leg of this encounter at Celtic last Wednesday, in a 5-2 defeat. Hapoel were already 3-0 down after the first 45 minutes, but goal from Maranhao and Melikson gave them hope keeping the score at 3-2. Later Dembele and Brown killed of the game in 73 and 85th minute as the game ended 5-2 in favour of Celtic. Hapoel have a hard task at hand as they need to win by 3-0 or more to qualify for the next stage.
Celtic on the other hand will be full of confidence as they enter this game, they have been on a good form and will be enjoying a 3 goal advantage. Having won the first game with a 3 goal difference, the Scottish side needs just a draw to enter the group stage.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs Celtic: Head to Head statistics
Celtic is Hapoel Beer-Sheva first ever Scottish opposition in a UEFA branded competition.
The Scottish side had previous played against an Israeli side in Hapoel Tel Aviv on two double legged fixtures. Celtic won three and lost one, with the defeat coming in their last trip to Israel.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs Celtic: Prediction
Celtic are the favourites in this fixture, having won the first leg convincingly. They also have been on a good form recently, they have won 4 of their last 5 games. Also the Scottish side are good offensively, have scored at least 4 goals in 3 of their last five games.
The Israeli side can’t be written off easily, they have won 3 of their last 5 games this August. Furthermore, they have scored at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 games.
The game could go either way, considering the good form of both teams, but I expect goals to flock in.
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Celtic: Tips
1. Over 2.5 goals.
2. Both teams to score (yes).
3. Celtic over 1.5 goals.