Hapoel Beersheba’s coach Elisha Levy..
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
After falling six points behind Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Premier League
standings, Hapoel Beersheba’s title hopes could be as good as over should it
fail to return to winning ways at Bnei Yehuda on Saturday.
stoppage-time equalizer by Hapoel Acre cost Beersheba two precious points last
week and Maccabi extended its gap at the top with a 3-1 victory over Maccabi
Haifa on Monday night.
Beersheba has surprisingly dropped more points at
Vasermil Stadium than it has on the road so far this season. Elisha Levy’s team
has won five and drawn two of its seven away matches to date, beating Bnei
Sakhnin, Hapoel Haifa and Hapoel Tel Aviv in its past three road games by a
combined goal difference of 10-2.
However, the southerners have won just
five of their nine home matches, suffering their one and only defeat of the
campaign against Ironi Kiryat Shmona at Vasermil and drawing against the lowly
likes of Hapoel Ramat Hasharon, Hapoel Ra’anana and Acre.
very fond memories from its last visit to Bloomfield Stadium just last Monday
when it beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-1.
Bnei Yehuda presents an easier
challenge on Saturday, with the club from south Tel Aviv carrying the entire
league on its back.
Nevertheless, Bnei Yehuda will be entering the match
with renewed belief after reviving its survival hopes with its first victory in
more than four months last week, stunning Bnei Sakhnin 1-0 on the
Bnei Yehuda had lost its six previous games, going winless in 14-
Third-placed Sakhnin, which had won five of its
previous six contests, will look to rebound from its defeat to Bnei Yehuda when
it visits Maccabi Haifa on Saturday. Haifa has won just one of its past four
Also Saturday, Beitar Jerusalem, which has recorded just one
victory from its last eight games, hosts Hapoel Ra’anana, Maccabi Petah Tikva
visits Acre and Ramat Hasharon welcomes Ashdod SC.
Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts
Hapoel Haifa on Sunday, with Maccabi Tel Aviv visiting Kiryat Shmona on Monday.