hapoel tel aviv eran zehavi 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
After suffering a shock defeat in its Premier League opener, Hapoel Tel Aviv
will expect to get its 2010/11 campaign on track when it hosts Hapoel Ashkelon
at Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday evening.
Hapoel will surely still be
coming off the Champions League high progressing to the group stage of the
European soccer’s most prestigious competition on Tuesday, but nevertheless will
be a firm favorite to beat last season’s National League runner-up.
Aviv will still be without the injured Itai Shechter on Saturday and
Gutman will likely rest several other players after the exhausting
against Red Bull Salzburg.
Ashkelon beat Hapoel Petah Tikva 3-1 to get
its campaign off to a perfect start last weekend and will be hoping to
advantage of the fact that Saturday’s match will be played in front of
stands due to a punishment Hapoel was handed for its fans’ unruliness
Maccabi Haifa began the season with an impressive 1-0
victory at Maccabi Tel Aviv last week and will be confident of making it
wins in a row when it hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva on Saturday.
lost 1-0 to Hapoel Beersheba in its season opener.
Maccabi Netanya was
the surprise of the first weekend, thrashing Betar Jerusalem 4-1.
Saturday, Reuven Atar’s team visits Bnei Sakhnin, which was
disappointing in a
2-0 defeat at Ironi Kiryat Shmona last week.
Also Saturday, Kiryat Shmona
visits Ashdod SC, Beersheba hosts Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Petah Tikva
Hapoel Acre and Hapoel Haifa travels down south to face Hapoel Ramat
Betar Jerusalem hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday.