Lugano vs Hapoel Beer Sheva
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 23 November 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Lugano’s surprise win at home over Viktoria Plzen last month has kept them alive in the fight for a top-2 spot. Realistically, it’s difficult to leave the Czech side third, but it may all change in two hours, between kick-off and final whistle. If they beat Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Viktoria lose to Steaua, their dream will look less crazy. Still tough to come true, given that in two weeks they will be visiting Bucharest, but… as long as there is hope, Lugano have nothing to lose going for it. One thing that has changed the last month is that they started getting their act together in Switzerland’s championship. Two wins and as many draws, eight points from their four last matches, got them unstuck from the bottom of the table, and they are now sitting 7th. Still low, but at least they showed… pulse, while up until a month ago they were almost the joke of the league.
Lugano’s chances of finishing second are more mathematical than… realistic, but Hapoel’s are much more than that. Their last away game is against the weakest side of the group, and they finish their campaign at home, against Viktoria Plzen, their main rival in the fight for a top-2 spot. Plus, in their last match, they became the first team to get something from a match against Steaua, earning a surprise draw in Bucharest. They have looked impressive in Israel’s championship lately (for several weeks, actually, having five wins in a row, and seven (plus a draw) in their last eight matches. They are sharing the top with Hapoel Haifa, after beating Hapoel Acre 3-1 last weekend, in the game they had in hand.
Previous five matches:
St. Gallen vs Lugano 0-2
Thun vs Lugano 1-1
Viktoria Plzen vs Lugano 4-1
Lugano vs Luzern 1-0
Schötz vs Lugano 2-3
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Hapoel Acre 3-1
Hapoel Petah Tikva vs Hapoel Beer Sheva 0-2
FCSB vs Hapoel Beer Sheva 1-1
Ashdod vs Hapoel Beer Sheva 1-3
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1
Lugano’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Young Boys (Switzerland championship). A day later, Hapoel will be visiting Beitar Jerusalem (Israel championship).
Lugano vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Head to head Stats
Their game earlier this season, was the first ever between these two.
Lugano vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Prediction
Hapoel are given just a slight advantage to win the game. Personally, I have enough trust in them to bet on their win.
Lugano vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Betting Tips
Hapoel’s win is at 2.55 betting odds. A more conservative approach is to go with their win in “draw no bet”, at 1.80. Their double chance at 1.44.
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