Chikhura vs Beitar Jerusalem
Beitar Jerusalem are coached by Benny Ben Zaken, a 35 year old relatively fresh manager. He has been successful during the time in charge, with a stellar 20-6-8 record, scoring around 2 goals per match in average. They finished 3rd place in Ligat Ha'Al in Israel, scoring the more goals than any other team. They will be able to continue the creativity on the final third with attacking midfield Georginho, and center forwards Jakub Sylvestr, who already with those names should cause harm in the opponents penalty area. Brazilian Claudemir is a solid midfielder, and in the defence there is Carlos Cuellar, Antoine Conte and David Keltjens as names to keep things compact. In the Isreal domestic league, they did show weakness in defense in particular.
It is a fluid team who can attack in several ways, having a good mix of young players and foreign players with the extra flair and finishing ability when needed.
Chikhura is one of the more organized teams from Georgia, with their playing style often making it difficult for opponents to penetrate. However, this works well in Erovnuli Liga, but teams in Europe have more tools in the box, and also more experience. Manager Soso Pruidze is still in charge, since 2008 and the team identity is thereby similar as previous years when they were defeated by Jagiellonia from Poland. Chikhura is a solid team with Georgian standards, with some future potential in attacking winger Irakli Bughridze (20 years old). Veteran 28 year old striker Giorgi Gadebava is one of the top scorers in Georgia, and is important for them with his strenght.
There is no home advantage for Chikhura here, as the game is played in Tbilisi. The crowd should not be significant, so do not count the home factor into the picture. Beitar, as a top team from Israel should be stronger than the 4th best team in Georgia at the moment. They have more tools to win the game and will be focused to grab one or two away goals. Chikhura will try to keep the game close for as long as they can and would be happy with a draw. However, when letting over the initiative to Beitar Jerusalem, they are likely to find the net due to their offensive skills, being the highest scoring team that Israel can offer. I lean towards an away victory here.
Chikhura vs Beitar Jerusalem prediction
Beitar Jerusalem win @ 1.80 with Bet365