Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Besiktas
Competition: UEFA Europe League
Date: 16th February 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Hapoel Beer Sheva secured placement in this match as the second placed team in Group K, behind Sparta Prague. However, it must be pointed out that the Israelis finished ahead of teams like Southampton and Inter Milan. They lost both matches against Sparta Prague, but collected eight points in the other four games. Their team are predominantly made up of free transfers and cut-price signings and they were champions in domestic competition for the first time in the last 40 years. Hapoel won eight from the last ten home matches in domestic league and cup too. They are leaders in domestic championship at the moment. Coach Bachar Barak is doing an excellent job and the fans are satisfied. Nwakaeme and Sahar are the key players in the squad. Sahar left the game with Hapoel Ashkelon in the 9th minute due to injury, but his replacement Barda impressed and secured the victory by scoring two goals.
Besiktas failed to qualify for the knock-out stage of the Champions League as they finished third in their group, behind Napoli and Benfica. The Black Eagles have big ambitions in this competition and the fans expectations are high. But coach Senol Gunes has big issues ahead of this match as three important players are suspended: Vincent Aboubakar, Adriano and Andreas Beck. In addition, Caner Erkin remains injured, while the recently re-signed Demba Ba and Dusko Tosic are also on the treatment table. Rhodolfo is unfit and new signing Ersan Gulum is injured. It will be very hard for Gunes to cope with so many absences.
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Besiktas: Head-to-head Stats
This is the first mutual match between Hapoel Beer Sheva and Besiktas, also the first meeting for Hapoel Beer Sheva with Turkish opponents. The Israeli side have participated seven seasons in UEFA Europa League, but for the first time in their club history got to the knock-out stage. Besiktas was reaching the UEFA Cup last eight in 2002/03 and the European Cup quarter-finals in 1986/87.
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Besiktas: Prediction
Hapoel Beer Sheva have better results in the last period. Besiktas have a lot of suspension issues in front of this match as three important players (Vincent Aboubakar, Adriano and Andreas Beck) are banned, while few more are injured. I expect the hosts to take advantage from the situation and to stay unbeaten, at least. Bookies are offering 1.88 for Hapoel (Draw No Bet).
Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Besiktas: Tips
I will also suggest straight home victory at 2.63 . The initial odds were around 3.00, but dropped in the last period.