Neftci vs Bnei Yehuda
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Neftci produced one of the surprises of the second qualifying round, not just eliminating Arsenal Tula, but beating them twice(!). Last week, at home, in the return leg, they proved that their 0-1 win in Russia a week earlier was no accident. They won again, 3-0(!), scoring all three goals in the second half, and the last two after the 89th minute. The Baku side had eliminated Speranţa Nisporeni before that, in the first round, by a total score of 9-0(!). That’s four wins in as many games, four clean sheets as well, and I repeat, two of those against a Russia Premier League side (no matter if Arsenal Tula are not among the top-top teams of their country). Dário Júnior, the 27-year-old Brazilian winger they signed from Daegu (South Korea) something over a month ago, scored in both games against the Russians. No game for Neftci last weekend, as the championship in Azerbaijan hasn’t started yet.
Unlike Neftci, Bnei Yehuda have played just one official match thus far this summer, they lost the Super Cup in Israel to Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1-0), two weeks ago. They finished just 5th last season in Israel’s championship, but they won the Cup, beating Maccabi Netanya on penalties in the final, and that is how they earned this Europa League ticket. On paper, they have a roster that looks less strong than that of Neftci, plus, they have played considerably less official matches at the start of this new season, so they have two major hurdles to overcome. One thing they have going for them is that they are considered underdogs in this tie, so the pressure is mostly on Neftci.
Previous five matches:
Neftci vs Arsenal Tula 3-0
Arsenal Tula vs Neftci 0-1
Neftci vs Speranţa Nisporeni 6-0
Speranţa Nisporeni vs Neftci 0-3
SKA Khabarovsk vs Neftci 1-3
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
Maccabi Netanya vs Bnei Yehuda 0-2
Both teams’ next game is the return leg of this tie, in a week from now, in Israel.
Neftci vs Bnei Yehuda: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Neftci vs Bnei Yehuda: Prediction
I really like Neftci’s chances of winning the game, and actually I’m a little surprised to see their victory pay 1.80. I expected less.
Neftci vs Bnei Yehuda: Betting Tips
As previously mentioned, Neftci’s win is at 1.80. For more, I would combine it with “under 3.5 goals”, at 2.22.