Considering Betar Jerusalem’s start to the Premier League season, a comfortable
place in the middle of the standings can hardly be regarded as a
Betar picked up just two points from its first five
league matches before recovering to win five of its next seven games to surge up
However, the last of those victories came over a month ago,
with Jerusalem only managing draws in its past four encounters.
still only lost once over its last 12 matches, but it has dropped back to eighth
place with 22 points from 16 games and will be desperate to return to winning
ways when it visits Hapoel Acre on Saturday.
Acre, which beat Betar 1-0
at Teddy Stadium in September, has struggled mightily over recent months,
failing to win in its last 10 matches, losing its past three
Like Betar and Acre, secondplaced Hapoel Tel Aviv has also gone
winless in its past four matches, losing 2-1 to Bnei Yehuda last week after
three consecutive draws against three of the league’s weaker sides.
Reds have fallen four points behind league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv, which
doesn’t visit Ironi Kiryat Shmona until Monday, and will be hoping to put the
yellow-andblue under pressure with a win at Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday over
a Hapoel Ramat Hasharon side which has claimed three straight games.
Saturday, Hapoel Beersheba hosts the struggling Maccabi Netanya, while Bnei
Yehuda visits rock-bottom Hapoel Haifa and Hapoel Ramat Gan welcomes Bnei
Maccabi Haifa, which has won five of six matches, visits
third-placed Ashdod SC on Sunday.