Maccabi Haifa 311.
(photo credit: Maccabi Haifa website)
After suffering its first Premier League defeat of the season on Monday, Maccabi
Haifa will have an ideal opportunity to return to winning ways when it visits
Hapoel Ramat Gan on Saturday night.
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Haifa played perhaps its best match
of the season against Hapoel Tel Aviv at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, but despite
playing against 10 men from the 26th minute, the Greens failed to break down the
reigning champion’s defense, losing 2-0.
“I was pleased with the way we
played against Hapoel, but unfortunately the result was not what we would have
liked it to be,” said Haifa coach Elisha Levy after seeing his team advance to
the quarterfinals of the Toto Cup with a 1-0 victory over Hapoel Haifa on
“It was disappointing to lose to Tel Aviv, but that happens in
soccer and we need to move on.”
Haifa has struggled with its form so far
this season, but will still be a massive favorite against rock-bottom Ramat
Shlomi Dora’s men have lost five consecutive matches by a combined
goal-difference of 0- 8, last scoring a league goal way back in
Haifa’s loss on Monday meant Maccabi Tel Aviv maintained its
place at the top of the standings, with the yellow-and-blue hoping to make its
stay in first position a long one, starting with a victory at Hapoel Acre on
However, Acre will be far from a pushover having won three
straight matches and going unbeaten in its last five.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona will aim to claim its first win in four matches when it
hosts Maccabi Netanya, Hapoel Beersheba visits Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Ashkelon
welcomes Maccabi Petah Tikva and Ashdod SC travels to Bnei Yehuda.
TA hosts Betar Jerusalem Sunday, while Bnei Sakhnin visits Hapoel Petah Tikva on