Norrkoping vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
Norrkoping haven’t faced any… titans thus far in these qualifiers, but they definitely did their job, not just eliminating both St. Patrick’s Athletic and Liepaja, but winning all four games, even the two away from home. What makes them look even better is that they conceded just one goal, and in three of those four matches, they scored twice each. Last week, in Latvia, it was a Sead Haksabanovic goal in the 89th minute that gave them their fourth victory, 0-1, in the return leg of their 2-0 win at home. The day after they eliminated Liepaja, 22-year-old striker Jordan Larsson got transferred to Spartak Moscow(!) for 4m euros. His last goal for Norrkoping was on July 21, in their 3-1 home win over Ostersunds in Sweden’s championship.
Hapoel Beer-Sheva have already eliminated Laçi and Kairat, winning both game sat home, and drawing twice on the road. They beat Kairat 2-0 at home in the first leg, two weeks ago, things didn’t look good at half time last week, they were 1-0 down, but early in the second half the Kazakhstan side were reduced to 10 men. Soon after that, Hapoel scored, and at that point, it was all over, as Kairat needed no less than three more goals to qualify. The only “three” for them at the end of the match was the number of the red cards their players saw, as Kairat finished the game with just eight players on the field. Both games between Hapoel and Norrkoping should be very interesting, as, at least on paper, the two sides have similar rosters.
Previous five matches:
Liepaja vs Norrkoping 0-1
IFK Göteborg vs Norrkoping 0-0
Norrkoping vs Liepaja 2-0
Norrkoping vs Östersunds FK 3-0
Norrkoping vs St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1
Kairat vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1-1
Hapoel Beer-Sheva vs Kairat 2-0
Maccabi Haifa vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva 0-1
Hapoel Beer-Sheva vs Laci 1-0
Laci vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva 1-1
Norrkoping’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Elfsborg (Sweden championship). Hapoel’s next scheduled match is the return leg of this tie, the coming week.
Norrkoping vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Norrkoping vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva: Prediction
The hosts are considered favorites to win, but I think Hapoel are a better team than the two previous ones Norrkoping have faced in these qualifiers, and will find a way to leave Sweden with a draw.
Norrkoping vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva: Betting Tips
Hapoel’s double chance is at 1.91. It pays marginally less than Norrkoping’s win, and I find it less risky.