Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva
UEFA Europa League – Group K
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Generali Arena, Prague.
Sparta Prague top the Group K of Europa League with 6 points, but the battle of supremacy in this particular group is tense. Southampton on second and Hapoel Beer Sheva on third have 4 points each, while Inter Milan at the rock bottom have 3 points. As a result, all four teams are likely to tussle for knockout qualification until the final matchday of the group stage.
Sparta defeated Beer Sheva by a solitary goal when the sides met on matchday 3, courtesy of a late second half goal by Matej Pulkrab. This handed Beer Sheeva their first defeat of the competition after having shocked Inter Milan 2-0 on the opening day and held Southampton to a goal-less draw on matchday 2. While Sparta Prague started on a negative note losing out 3-0 against Southampton on matchday 1. But they have now bonced back brilliantly with back-to-back wins against Inter Milan and Beer Sheeva.
Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Head-to-Head Stats
The first leg Group K clash of Europa League on 20th October 2016 is the first ever meeting between Beer Sheva and Sparta Prague. Hapoel haven’t met any other Czech opposition than Sparta.
Sparta’s only other opponent from Israel is Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, whom they met during the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage. They were unbeaten in the two fixtures with a 3-1 win at home and 1-1 draw in the away leg. Now their overall record against Israeli clubs stand at 2 wins and a draw from 3 matches.
Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Prediction
Sparta Prague are coming on the back of an excellent home run after having scored 10 goals in their last three domestic games. And they have a good record in recent group games of the Europa League. The do have some major injury concerns for this fixture, bit it is unlikely to make a big impact.
While it is fair to say that Hapoel’s fairy tale run is almost over after having picked 4 points against Inter Milan and Southampton. But Sparta are an experienced side at this stage of the tournament and they are expected to extend their winning run. Sparta’s current scoring form at home needs special mention and therefore it is likely that they will score at least 2 goals here.
Sparta Prague vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Bet Tips
Sparta Prague to win at 2.30 (13/10)
Over 1.5 goals for Sparta at 2.25 (5/4).