Motherwell were fortunate enough to face two sides from Northern Ireland in the earlier rounds, they beat Glentoran 5-1 and squeezed past Coleraine on penalties. Both Northern Ireland clubs rank way outside the Top 550 clubs in Europe (EuroClubIndex). Hapoel Be’er Sheva rank 162nd currently
Despite taking on weak opponent they gave up 1.84 xG to Glentoran and 2.6 to Coleraine
Outside of these two games haven’t played a European game since 2014. We also have to go way back to 2010 for the last time Motherwell won a game away from home in Europe (vs Breiðablik of Iceland)
Domestically Motherwell were unspectacular last season, They ranked 4th for xG, 7th for xGA
Hapoel Be’er Sheva rank about 200 places above Motherwell in the ECI and have a lot of experience in this competition
In the earlier rounds they met similar strength opponents to Motherwell, they took on Laci of Albania and won 2-1 and Dinamo Batumi of Georgia who they beat 3-0
Unlike Motherwell, Hapoel have a lot of experience in this competition. Since 16/17 they have played at a high level against teams like Inter, Southampton, Sparta Prague, Besiktas, Plzen, APOEL, Dinamo Zagreb, Olympiakos Celtic and Feyenoord
Domestically, Hapoel were the 3rd best attack in Israel last season and the 3rd best defence
At home in all competitions, they were solid with 1.59 goals scored per game (1.53xG) and only 0.77 goals conceded per game
This season they have played 4 games (Europe and League) and won 3 scoring 2.25 per game. Their one loss came to Maccabi Haifa (2nd best team in Israel last season)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva to win at 1.75 - 2 units
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