Bnei Yehuda vs Neftci
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
If someone had… offered Bnei Yehuda a 2-2 draw last week before kickoff in Baku, I bet they would have gladly taken it. The way that 2-2 came though, left them with a bittersweet taste. Something over half an hour into the game, they were 0-2 up(!). Neftci got one goal back before the end of the first half, but despite being superior on the pitch, they needed a goal deep into added time (seventh minute!) to equalize. Bnei Yehuda didn’t win, after all, but they are still in command, thanks to those two away goals. It’s worth mentioning that their only on target attempts last week were their two goals. Generally they had seven attempts (Neftci had 18), and just one corner won (Neftci had nine), so someone could rather safely say that the Israeli side made the most of the few times they visited Neftci’s box looking dangerous.
It’s been a week now and I still find it hard to believe how those first 36 minutes went, especially the 10 minutes that Bnei Yehuda managed to score twice. To be in the third qualifying round, Neftci had to eliminate not only weak Speranţa Nisporeni, but also Arsenal Tula, from Russia. They won all four games, even over Arsenal away from home, and more than that, they kept a clean sheet in each and every match. Still, they conceded twice to Bnei Yehuda in a matter of 10 minutes, looking in disbelief themselves. They reacted, as previously mentioned they found a goal before the end of the first half, they pushed and pushed in the second one, missed a good deal of chances, but if it weren’t for that super late Alasgarov goal, they would have lost the game. The way things have come, they need to win in Israel, or score at least twice, and maybe push the tie to extra-time.
Previous five matches:
Neftci vs Bnei Yehuda 2-2
Lviv vs Bnei Yehuda 2-0
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Bnei Yehuda 1-0
Bnei Yehuda vs Hapoel Kfar Saba 0-1
Bnei Yehuda vs Hapoel Hadera 1-2
Neftci vs Bnei Yehuda 2-2
Neftci vs Arsenal Tula 3-0
Arsenal Tula vs Neftci 0-1
Neftci vs Speranţa Nisporeni 6-0
Speranţa Nisporeni vs Neftci 0-3
Bnei Yehuda have an Israel League Cup match the coming weekend. Neftci will be hosting Sabah on Monday (Azerbaijan championship).
Bnei Yehuda vs Neftci: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Bnei Yehuda vs Neftci: Prediction
I would avoid betting on winners and losers in this match, I would try my luck with goals.
Bnei Yehuda vs Neftci: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.97, going up to 2.30 if combined with “over 2.5 goals”.