We have already felt the heat of the Israelite Premier League first round. Six out of seven teams which played at home in the first round came out victorious and only Maccabi Haifa won on the road. Will that happen again in the 2nd round? Let’s take a look at the match between Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Maccabi Haifa started the season with a 2-1 victory over Hapoel Hadera. Currently, they occupy the 5th place due to the goal difference. Maccabi Haifa have proven to be a difficult adversary when playing at their own stadium, Sammy Ofer Stadium; with a home record of 9W – 2D – 2L in the 2019-20 season. They finished the last season in the second place, with the 58 goals scored and 20 conceded. These numbers put them as the team with the best attack line and the second-best in terms of defense in the league.
On the other hand, Hapoel Be’er Sheva also secured a 3-2 victory in the first round. And the victory qualifies them to be placed in the 3rd place. The visitors’ current form consists of 3W – 2L, scoring 7 goals and conceding 6 in the process. Taking a closer look at the tactical system Yossi Abukasis has been using since the last season, we can clearly see the reason for the lower number of goals the visitors score. They have been playing defensive football since last season, compared to the 4 – 3 – 3 system they used in the previous seasons. Last season, Hapoel Be’er Sheva registered 4W – 4D – 5L, and scoring 11 goals in the process.
The last time these two teams met Hapoel Be’er Sheva won by a goal to nil. However, when will look at the last 5 H2H encounters, the home team have won 3 games and the other 2 were won by the visitors. My bet will be a victory for Maccabi Haifa as they have proven to be more productive in terms of goals and results; moreover, they have been the runners up in the last 2 seasons. If you want to enjoy the best odds in the market, sign-up for the best betting platform. Good luck!