Beitar Jerusalem vs Botev Plovdiv
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 13th July 2017
Kick off at 17:45 UK/ 18:45 CET
Venue: HaMoshava Stadium.
Beitar Jerusalem came out with statement displays in thumping of Hungarian Vasas in the opening qualifying round in this term of Europa League.
The next obstacle for the Israeli squad comes in the likes of Botev Plovdiv who went past the Albanian Partizani Tirana over two legs.
Beitar came third at the end of the season in the last term of Ligat Ha’al, but they have much greater ambitions for the new season in which they will be looking to challenge Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The national superstar Yossi Benayoun arrived in mid-season from Maccabi Tel Aviv and the team signed Brazilian Georginho from Bnei Sakhnin.
Both Georginho and Benayoun were on target in matches with Vasas and they will be the major threat for Botev Plovdiv’s goal in the first leg set to be played this Thursday.
The Bulgarians, who secured European adventure through Europa League Playoffs in the top flight of Bulgarian football, closed the tie with Partizani Tirana in the first leg thanks to a 1-3 win from the Albanian capital.
The manager Nikolay Kirov will, however, have a lot of headaches caused by the holes at the back his team showed in pre-season friendlies with AEL and Vereya.
Beitar Jerusalem vs Botev Plovdiv: Head to head
The two teams have not had the chance to take on each other previously.
Beitar Jerusalem vs Botev Plovdiv: Prediction
We see the Israeli side as huge favourites to advance to the next round and we expect them to gain a nice advantage in the first leg.
The home win is a banker bet at the 4/9 odds, but we’ll go with the comprehensive win for the Israeli side to increase the value.
Beitar Jerusalem vs Botev Plovdiv: Bet Tips
The main bet will be Beitar Jerusalem -1.5 handicap at the odds of 2.28 odds with Unibet.
You can alternatively take Yossi Benayoun to score anytime at 2.30 odds.