Hapoel Beer Sheva
19:00 GMT 25 December 2017
With plenty of European leagues taking a break over the festive period, there is very little football on offer but one league that doesn’t even stop for Christmas Day is the Israeli Premier League. Hapoel Beer-Sheva face Maccabi Haifa on the 25th of December and the hosts can go top of the table with a win, which is a game-in-hand while the visitors need to steer clear of the bottom half of the table, they currently sit 9th out of 14 teams.
Maccabi Haifa have struggled against Hapoel Beer-Sheva in recent years and have just one win from their last five meetings. Each of the other four ended in losses and they failed to score in all four, conceding eight goals across the games. Their one win came in the most recent league fixture where they convincingly won 3-1 back at the end of August. The two sides recently faced off in the cup, Hapoel Beer-Sheva won 1-0 to take them through.
A win by a couple of goals for the hosts would take them top of the Israeli Premier League on Christmas Day. They shouldn’t have too many problems overcoming the inferior opposition but shouldn’t become complacent as they may slip up.
Latest matches: Hapoel Beer Sheva
|17.12.2017||Prem||Maccabi Netanya||Hapoel Beer Sheva||1:0||L|
|14.12.2017||Leag||Maccabi Tel Aviv||Hapoel Beer Sheva||1:0||L|
|10.12.2017||Prem||Bnei Sakhnin FC||Hapoel Beer Sheva||1:3||W|
|07.12.2017||UEFA||Hapoel Beer Sheva||FC Viktoria Plzen||0:2||L|
|03.12.2017||Prem||Hapoel Beer Sheva||Ironi Kiryat Shmona||3:1||W|
The visitors can push into the top half with three points, especially with a game-in-hand over some of the teams directly above them. It’ll be an uphill but they beat them last season so they know they can do it.
Latest matches: Maccabi Haifa
|16.12.2017||Prem||Maccabi Haifa||Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv||0:2||L|
|09.12.2017||Prem||Maccabi Haifa||Hapoel Ashkelon||1:1||D|
|04.12.2017||Prem||Hapoel Haifa||Maccabi Haifa||1:0||L|
|30.11.2017||Leag||Hapoel Beer Sheva||Maccabi Haifa||1:0||L|
|25.11.2017||Prem||Maccabi Netanya||Maccabi Haifa||1:1||D|
On Christmas Day, it is Hapoel Beer-Sheva who will be expecting to take three points in the country where Jesus was born. They will be expecting to go into 2018 top of the table with a chance of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League for the second campaign running. Maccabi Haifa shouldn’t be ruled out and they won’t be a pushover in this festive clash. It will probably be decided by the odd goal.
25 December 2017 - 19:00 GMT
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