Saint-Etienne vs Beitar Jerusalem
2016/17 Europa League Play-Off
Date: Thursday, 25 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Etienne).
Saint-Etienne have one foot in the Europe League following the 2-1 win against Beitar Jerusalem Teddi Malcha Stadium on 17th August 2016. Now they need to do a clean job in the return leg back home on Thursday.
Beitar took an early lead through Idan Vered in the 8th minute in the first leg clash between the two teams. ASSE immediately put the scores back on level through a goal from Fabian Lemoine in the 15th minute. Then Jesus Rueda became the unlucky player to put the ball past his own goal-keeper to hand the visiting French side a vital away win.
Saint-Etienne got to the play-offs defeating AEK Athens in a tricky fixture. A 1-0 win in Athens for St Etienne separated the two teams after 180 minutes of football.
While Beitar started their campaign from the first round by defeating FK Sloboda Tuzla from Bosnia. Then they surpassed Omonia Nicosia and Lativian outfit FK Jelgava. Their progress in each round was guaranteed by home wins, while they failed to win any of the three away games.
Saint-Etienne vs Beitar Jerusalem: Head-to-Head Stats
The first leg clash between these two sides on 17th August 2016 is their first ever clash in a competitive match.
Saint-Etienne have previously met an Israeli club in Hapoel Tel-Aviv, during the first round of 2008/09 UEFA Cup. Their won both home and away leg by the same 2-1 margin.
Saint-Etienne vs Beitar Jerusalem: Prediction
Saint-Etienne are a better experienced and quality side than their Israeli oppositions. Also, they are playing in front of their home crowd and are carrying a 2-1 lead from the first leg.
Beitar Jerusalem have failed to win in each of the three away matches in the qualification campaign and I hardly expect them to possess any kind of threat against a side of Saint-Etienne’s quality.
Saint-Etienne vs Beitar Jerusalem: Tips
- Handicap – St Etienne (-1) at 1.70.
- Half Time/Full Time – St Etienne/St Etienne at 2.20.