Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Beşiktaş: Europa League Round of 32Published February 16, 2017 by Sol FH
The Israeli champions take on the Turkish champions in the first leg of their Round of 32 matchup, tonight at 20:05 GMT.
As the first half of the Champions league Round of 16 matches came to an end last night it is now time for the Europa League Round of 32 action. There are sixteen matches scheduled for tonight across Europe, but we will focus on a match taking place in a desert city in Israel that has been making a lot of noise recently.
No one thought that Hapoel Be'er Sheva could be so good in such a short amount of time and virtually no experience on a European level. They almost qualified for the Champions League in 2016 and have miraculously made it through to the Europa League Round of 32. Led by Head Coach Barak Bachar, Hapoel are now favorites to win tonight against the Turkish Champions Besiktas, and they are playing at Turner Stadium, which remains an enigma for visiting teams to win. Hapoel has struggled lately with injuries, but still lead the Israeli Premier League and look to get a much needed win tonight, before heading to Turkey on the 23 of February.
Besiktas are no pushover team and Hapoel must be wary of their talent. In Israel, Besiktas has never lost a game (W1, D1) and will be tough competition. Although they have never made it passed the last eight, Besiktas have only lost two league games this year, with one of those losses coming last weekend to 11th place Kasimpasa.
Hapoel have a strong team and will be looking to score multiple goals, as Bachar sends an attacking roster to start the match. Besiktas will be looking for an away goal to put the pressure on Bachar's men, but scoring in Be'er-Sheva is no easy task. Somehow a few thousand fans therein, make Turner Stadium sound like the biggest stadiums in the world.
Europa League Betting
bet365 Sports is the home for Europa League Betting and they have posted competitive odds ahead of tonight's game. Be'er-Sheva have a very tight advantage at 2.60, while the visitors are at 3.00. Live In Play betting will be possible throughout the match.