UEFA Champions League Qualifying: Olympiacos vs Hapoel Be'er ShevaPublished July 27, 2016 by Sol FH
Greek favorites Olympiacos host Israeli league winners Hapoel Be'er Sheva tonight at 19:45 GMT.
Tonight's feature match in the UEFA Champions League Qualifying round is between Olympiacos Piraues and Hapoel Be'er Sheva. The Israeli squad made history just a couple of months ago as they won the Israeli Premier League for the first time in decades and now have a chance to make their name in the Champions League. The only thing that could stop them from making it there is Olympiacos, a team that is favored to win by all critics.
The Greek champions are regulars in the Champions league in the last few seasons. They have made it to the Group Stages for the last six years and have made it as far as the knockout round on two occasions. At home, Olympiacos is very strong, but Hapoel Be'er Sheva has an excellent team that won a very hard league this last season, beating well-known teams like Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem. There is no doubt that the Greek side are on another level, as they have beaten the likes of Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, and Juventus in the last few years.
Be'er Sheva were in the Europa League qualifying tournament for the last two seasons but were ousted in the first round on both occasions. They did beat FC Sheriff from Moldova last week after a 3-2 home win and a 0-0 draw in the second leg. This will be the very first time that these teams have met and no matter how great it would be to see an underdog like Hapoel win, we have to give the thumbs up to Olympiacos to win, and win big tonight.
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The Greek Champs are favored to win tonight at 1.28, while Hapoel is at 10.00. Hapoel does have some incredible goalscorers like Elianiv Barda, Maor Buzaglo and Nigerian all-stars John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme, so they do have a far chance to at least compete with Olympiacos, but expect at least 2 goals from the Greek side.