Beitar take on the visiotrs Saint-Etienne in the first leg of final round in Europa League qualification. The game will be played at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on Wednesday, August 16.
Beitar Jerusalem starter their path from the first round of qualification anf have already eliminated three teams: Sloboba Tuzla, 0-0, 1-0, Omonia, 1-0, 2-3, and Jelgava, 1-1, 3-0. Clearly, the team is focused on advancing to the group stage of the competition and it has side effects as Beitar have gained only one point in three matches of new season in domestic league. On the other hand, Beitar show nice results at home this summer, taking three wins and one defeat in four matches.
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Saint-Etienne have difficult start of the season and it’s clear they need few more matches to gain their best shape. The team struggled in matchup against AEK in the previous round, beating the opponents by one goal, 1-0, 0-0. The first round of new season in Ligue 1 got the team 2-3 loss to Bordeaux. However, the team is capable of much better results and we can expect them to improve with each match.
Beitar and Saint-Etienne haven’t met before. We can expect French side to stick with defensive football in away leg, hoping to gain advantage in the second leg at own stadium. This is why the game shouldn’t feature number of goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.