Hamburg Hopes for a Flying Start

In the other game in Hapoel Tel Aviv's group, Hamburg travels to Austria to face Rapid Vienna. Hamburg, which is currently top of the German league, is in excellent form, and the fact that the final of the Europa League will be played at its HSH Nordbank Arena will only give it extra motivation to progress in the competition.

"A good start is very important," said Hamburg defender Joris Mathijsen. "You can take a big step toward the next round with a victory and another win in the next game at home."

Rapid, in contrast, started the season poorly and now lies in sixth place in the 10-team league. It also lost one of its key players a few weeks ago, when striker Stefan Maierhofer left Austria to join English side Wolves.