Southampton – Hapoel Beer Sheva – Another meeting last round six European leagues directly decide on the passage to the knockout stage, due to meet two teams that currently have the same number of points, with the English Southampton for something better goal difference on the table in the second place, while the Israeli champion Maccabi only the third. And it actually means that if the same results as in their first match in Israel, where it was 0: 0, still passed Southampton, while every other draw in the next round led team Hapoel, as it would give more away goals. Start: 08.12.2016. – 20:05 CET
However, we believe that the army Southampton do not bother too much all these calculations, since they themselves are aware that they have much better team than Hapoel and therefore certainly expect certain victory in this match, and therefore the continuation of competition in the European League. In fact, for us it is their first clash in Israel showed that the difference in the quality of these two teams is very large, with the then “saints” deliberately withdrew and did not want to risk too much, and now in front of their fans announcing total offensive, just as in clashes with Sparta Prague and FC Internazionale Milano, who have previously mastered with 3: 0 or 3: 1st
On the other hand, with guest appearances have brought just this point in Israel, until they were defeated in Prague and Milan and is therefore now the fight for second place in the group, because they have five points behind Sparta. As for their recent performances in domestic competitions, the championship after a home win over Everton and the away team’s defeat by Crystal Palace, and remained in the middle of the table, namely the 12th, but they recently over Arsenal managed to carve out a place in the semi-finals League Cup. Suppose even that the coach Puel because of injuries now can not count on goalkeeper McCarthy, defenders Gardosa and TARGETTI and midfielders Tadic, pied and Reed.
Probable lineups Southampton: Forster – Soares, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand – Davis, Romeu, Clasie – Redmond, Austin, Boufal
Hapoel Beer Sheva
In contrast to the “saints”, Hapoel a match of the last round of group stage of the Europa League awaits after six consecutive wins, and four achieved the championship to the one in the National Cup and the Europa League, where they normally after the great upheaval at home 3 2 mastered favored Inter Milan. And it is them that triumph and returned to the game for a place in the knockout phase of the competition, as it had previously twice defeated by Sparta, while the remaining four points won after a sensational wins away from home against Inter and the aforementioned domestic goalless draw with Southampton.
But just because they are in that game managed to preserve its network, Israelis now in the final round of matches any draw with the goals scored, while in the case 0: 0 victory or “saints” still passed English representative. This is still definitely have to add that Hapoel in the domestic league on the best way to defend the title, because after 12 rounds with 10 points more than the first companion Maccabi Tel Aviv, mainly thanks to the last row of eight successive wins. Let us add that they currently do not have any problems with truancy.
Probable lineups Hapoel: Goresh – Bitton, Vitor, Tzedek, Korhut – Hoban, Radi – Buzaglo, Og Nwakaeme – Maranhao
Southampton – Hapoel Beer Sheva TIP
Although the “saints” of going through fits and goalless draw, the fact is that they are at the moment a lot better team than the Israeli champions Hapoel Beer Sheva, so that without any doubt here you bet on home win.
Tip: Asian Handicap -1 Southampton