Southampton vs Hapoel Beer Sheva
Competition: Europa league
Date: 08 December 2016
It becomes a straight shootout between these two as Southampton in second and Hapoel in third are equal on points, it is only a positive two goal difference in favour of the English team that separates them on the log. The winner of this match gets to qualify, while the other falls away.
Southampton at least hold the advantage should this game be draw, if it remains a stalemate when the game is over, both teams will be on eight points, but the goal difference will stay the same and Southampton will go through, however, They need to go out with more intent than just affecting a 0-0 draw as there is every chance that hapoel can grab a goal on the counter and finish off any chances that the English side have in Europe.
Hapoel then have it all to do in this match, they are in third and only a win will do as their problem through the group stages has been conceding goals – which they have done five times, the same amount of times they have scored. They need to beat Southampton, at home, and then they will be through to the qualifying stages. There is only one spot up for grabs as Sparta Praha have already sealed top spot of Group K on 12 points and will qualify there no matter what happens in their group.
Southampton vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Previous encounter
When these two met in the first encounter, the game went to a bit of a drab 0-0 draw at the Turner Stadium. It was a game that was quite dull, but it also showed that these teams have been pretty evenly matched as their equal log points attest to.
Southampton vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Prediction
In the domestic league Southampton have been on a bit of a slide of late, and they will know that it could well affect them against a team that is pretty evenly matched. They will hope that their home ground advantage is enough to carry them over the lie, but they can also relax on a 0-0 safty blanket in terms of qualifying. Expect the English side to win, but it could well end in a 0-0 draw.
Southampton vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Tips
With Southampton assured qualification even if a goal is not scored, you can imagine them going out to win it in the first half, and if nothing happens they will sit back and wait for the draw. Bet on there being no goals in the second half.