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Sparta host Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the fourth match of the UEFA Europa League in Group K on Thursday night at Letná Stadium in Prague.

Sparta moved to the top of Group K with victory at Hapoel Beer-Sheva on matchday three, and will look to secure that position with another three points in Prague.

Previous meetings

  • Sparta became the first visiting side to win at Beer-Sheva's Turner Stadium on 20 October; the 1-0 success marked the teams' first meeting and Beer-Sheva's first encounter with Czech opposition.
  • Sparta's only past experience of Israeli clubs came in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage, where they won 3-1 at home and drew 1-1 away to Hapoel Kiryat Shmona.

Form guide

  • Sparta are unbeaten in three European home games this season (W2 D1).
  • Matěj Pulkrab's goal for Sparta on matchday three ended a three-match European run without conceding for BeerSheva.
  • Sparta have made it to the knockout phase in three of their seven UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns, including three of their last four attempts.
  • The Israeli side are making their UEFA group stage debut this term, having been eliminated by Celtic in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.



Links and trivia

  • The journey from Beer Sheva to Prague is around 2,700km.
  • Sparta's David Lafata is the club's all-time top scorer in European competition with 22 goals; Beer-Sheva's lead European marksmen have scored two each: Yossi Benayoun and Sergei Gusev along with current players Maor Buzaglo, Ovidiu Hoban and John Ogu.

The coaches

  • Zdeněk Ščasný stepped aside as Sparta coach in the wake of a 2-0 home reverse to Slavia in the 25 September Prague derby. His former assistants David Holoubek, Stanislav Hejkal and Zdeněk Svoboda are in temporary
  • Beer-Sheva boss Barak Bakhar steered the team to their first Israeli championship in 2015/16, his first term in charge. He previously landed the 2013/14 Israeli Cup at the helm of Kiryat Shmona, where he had spent the bulk of his playing career as a defender.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC

  • Formed: 1949
  • Nickname: The Camels
  • UEFA club competition honours - None
  • Domestic honours - League title: 3 (last 2016), Israeli Cup: 1 (1997)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)

  • 2015/16: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
  • 2014/15: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
  • 2013/14: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2012/13: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2011/12: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2010/11: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2009/10: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2008/09: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2007/08: did not take part in UEFA competition
  • 2006/07: did not take part in UEFA competition

Records - UEFA club competition

  • • Biggest home win: 2-0 vs. SK Tirana, 22/08/95, UEFA Cup preliminary round second leg
  • • Biggest away win: 0-2 vs. FC Internazionale Milano, 15/09/16, UEFA Europa League group stage
  • • Heaviest home defeat: 0-7 vs. FC Barcelona, 12/09/95, UEFA Cup first round first leg
  • • Heaviest away defeat: 10-0 vs. Roda JC, 02/10/97, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg
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