Europa League Group K Round-Up – 08/12/16
Europa League Group K Round-Up – 08/12/16
In our Europa League Group K Round-Up we look at the best possible betting tips for these fixtures.
Southampton v Hapoel Beer-Sheva
On Thursday evening in the final round of fixtures for Group K we see Barak Bakhar take his Hapoel Beer-Sheva side on the trip to St Mary’s Stadium in England to face Claude Puel’s Southampton.
These two sides met in the reverse fixture in the second round of matches when Southampton made the journey to Turner Stadium in Beersheba, Isreal to face Hapoel Beer-Sheva. This was an extremely even contest throughout the ninety minutes with chances few and far between for both sides, who when the chances eventually came, lacked the composure in front of goal. The Israeli side had won all five of their previous home ties this season in the lead up to this and Southampton had won only one of their last six European away games so everything pointed towards a home victory. Virgil Van Dijk went closest for the Saints in the first half when he somehow headed wide from about six yards out. Maor Melikson had the hosts best chance to win it in the second half when his effort was inches away from finding the bottom corner but in the end both sides had to settle for a goalless draw.
The home side Southampton head into the visit of Hapoel Beer-Sheva knowing that if they win here on Thursday evening then they will go through to the next stage in second place of the group. They can also go through on goal difference if this tie ends as a goalless draw, however if it ends as a score draw then Beer-Sheva will go through on head to head. They currently sit in third place in the table on seven points after two wins, one draw and two defeats from their five group games. The Saints boast a strong home record in Europe, they haven’t been beaten in their last seven European home matches which stretches back 34 years when Sporting Lisbon beat them 4-2 in the UEFA Cup in 1982. In this competition the Saints have won both of their home fixtures against Sparta Prague and Inter Milan.
The away side Hapoel Beer-Shave go into the trip to Southampton in a similar sort of boat to their opponents as they know that if they win here on Thursday then they will be going through into the next stage of the competition. They need a score draw to go through without winning, so they will more than likely come out all guns blazing in order to try and nick that all important goal. In their previous two away matches they managed to score twice in Milan, but failed to find the net in Prague. It hasn’t exactly been happy travelling for the Israeli side who have won just one of their last seven away matches.
Southampton to win & btts (Best Priced on WilliamHill 3/1) – BET HERE
Correct score 2-1 (Best Priced on BetVictor at 8/1) – BET HERE
Inter Milan v Sparta Prague
On Thursday evening in the final round of fixtures for Group K we see Zdeněk Ščasný take his Sparta Prague side on the trip to the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy to face Stefano Pioli’s Inter Milan.
These two sides met in the reverse fixture in the second round of matches when Inter Milan made the journey to Generali Arena in Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague. The hosts took control of the tie from the off and it only took them seven minutes from them to go ahead. V.Kadlec pounced on some poor Inter defending to slot into the bottom corner and the same man got his and Sparta’s second after 25 minutes. Again some slack defending from the Italians saw them unprepared for a quick free kick which sent him through on goal and he made no mistake with the finish. Milan gave themselves a lifeline with 20 minutes left to play thanks to a cool finish from Rodrigo Palacio but the hosts regained their two goal advantage just 5 minutes after through Holek. His header from close range secured all three points for Sparta Prague.
The home side Inter Milan head into the visit of Sparta Prague knowing that regardless of what happens here on Thursday evening, their fate has already been sealed. The once European giants will finish bottom of the group and will be glad to see the back of this tournament after a frankly embarrassing campaign. They’ve managed to pick up just three points after one win and three defeats from their five group games, and are just playing for pride here. You will more than likely see a few fringe players featuring in order to keep their key players fresh for Serie A. Their only win came in a narrow 1-0 victory over Southampton at the San Siro.
The away side Sparta Prague go into the trip to Inter Milan also in the same frame of mind that regardless of the result on Thursday, their position in the group. However it is at the other end of the spectrum as they are already crowned Champions of the group and will go through in top spot. Since their opening day defeat to Southampton, they have wont the following three games and have done so while conceding just one goal. Sparta have been pretty successful in European group stages, this will be their fourth qualification from five attempts and they will want to win here on Thursday in order to go through full of confidence.
Sparta Prague to win (Best Priced on bet365 at 7/2) – BET HERE
Vavlav Kadlec to score anytime (Best Priced on skybet at 5/2) – BET HERE
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