Turner Stadium, Be'er Sheva, Israel 14 Sep 2017 7:05 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Hapoel are a perfect three for three in European home matches this season.
Expert Verdict: Hapoel Beer-Sheva had a tough loss over two legs of the Champions League playoff round, and that will spur them on in this match. Group G is appropriately named as well, with all of the teams being very friendly. As a result, it is a wide open group with none of the four teams as huge favorites. That should come in handy for Hapoel, as they are shrewd operators at home. They should win here in a very tough place to play in.
Barak Bakhar will be unable to call upon center back Miguel Vitor, right back Ben Bitton, or forward Guy Melamed due to injuries.
When it came to Champions League qualifying, winger Anthony Nwakaeme was the man to turn to for Hapoel. His four goals nearly got them into the group stage, and one of them was one of the goals of the tournament even at a very early stage. He looks to be a huge threat in this match here.
After a 1-0 loss away to Maribor and then a 3-1 loss away to Maccabi Haifa in the league, they bounced back with a win over Hapoel Ashkelon on Saturday in the league to send them in on a slightly better note.
Defenders:Bitton, Taha, Tzedek, Korhut
Midfielders:Elnbinder, Ogu, Ohana
Forwards:Nwakaeme, Meilikson, Pekhart
Pierluigi Tami will be missing left back Goran Jozinovic, defensive midfielder Stefano Guidotti, and attacking midfielder Davide Mariani due to injuries.
With the loss of the impressive Ezgjan Alioski in the summer, there is a lot of wok to do for Lugano to get back up and go again. One man that can help in that regard is striker Alexander Gerndt. The Swede has two goals to his name in the league already, and will have to be the driving force with Mariani out of action
Lugano have had some checkered form of late. They drew 1-1 away to Basel before winning 4-1 at home over Thun and then lost to Young Boys 3-0 away from home on Sunday.
Defenders:Sulmoni, Golemic, Roullier
Midfielders:Ledesma, Crnigoj, Vecsel, Sabbatini, Mihajlovic
Forwards:Gerndt, Carlinhos Junior
FC Lugano will face off with Hapoel for the very first time in this group stage match.
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Hapoel Beer-Sheva are at 8/13 to win, a draw is at 14/5, and an FC Lugano win is at 9/2.
Hapoel are big favorites at home in this match. It was already going to be a big task for Lugano, but Hapoel have beaten similar sides to them already this season at home and should feel very comfortable about doing just that again in this match.
The odds look very good for Hapoel as well when you consider that Lugano have just one win in European football in nine tries thus far away from home.
Hapoel also have a chance to exorcise some demons, as they were eliminated by Thun, another Swiss side, from the UEL back in 2015 in the qualifying phases.
Anthony Nwakaeme is at 7/4 to score anytime.
Hapoel gets off to the ideal start in the group with a home win.