Maccabi Haifa 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Haifa will be aiming to return to first position in the Premier League
on Monday night when it visits Hapoel Haifa in the local derby at Kiryat Eliezer
The Greens, who trail current- leader Hapoel Tel Aviv by one
point, need a victory over their cross-town rival to go top of the standings and
coach Elisha Levy urged his players to prove their worth on Monday
“I’ve seen that Hapoel Haifa players have been talking a lot in
the press,” Levy told his players. “Let them talk as much as they want. We need
to do our talking on the pitch. That will be the best answer.”
Haifa derby of the season ended in a goalless deadlock and Hapoel will be
confident of frustrating its illustrious rivals once more on
Hapoel has lost just once in its past seven matches, while
Maccabi has struggled in the last couple of weeks, losing 4-1 to Hapoel Tel Aviv
before barely beating rock-bottom Hapoel Ramat Gan last week.
Netanya snapped Bnei Yehuda’s four-match winning streak on Sunday, drawing 1-1
with Dror Kashtan’s in-form team at Bloomfield Stadium.
Pedro Galvan gave
Bnei Yehuda the lead with a splendid free kick in the 66th minute, but Nir Nahum
equalized from a tight angle nine minutes later to ensure the points would be
The single point leaves Bnei Yehuda in sixth position on 39
points, with Netanya three points back.