Despite its disastrous start to the season, Maccabi Haifa can close to within
just six points of the Premier League standings’ summit with a victory at
rock-bottom Bnei Yehuda on Saturday night.
Haifa will be aiming for its
fourthstraight victory after Shoval Gozlan’s 86th-minute header gave the Greens
a 2-1 triumph over Hapoel Acre on Monday to keep their winning run alive and
Haifa had won just one of its previous seven encounters before the
streak, losing four times and failing to score a goal in five of those
However, it finally seems to have found its stride, climbing up
to fourth place with the victory over Acre, and will be optimistic of continuing
to make up lost ground when it visits Bloomfield Stadium on
Bnei Yehuda dropped to the foot of the table following last
week’s 1-0 loss at Hapoel Ramat Hasharon and will be guided on Saturday by
goalkeeping coach Ya’akov Asayag and fitness coach Dror Shimshon following Dror
Kashtan’s resignation on Sunday.
Bnei Yehuda has lost eight of its past
10 matches, picking up just two of a possible 30 points.
will be hoping to continue the see-saw at the top of the standings with Maccabi
Tel Aviv when it travels to Hapoel Haifa on Saturday.
visit Beitar Jerusalem – which will be guided by assistant coach David Amsalem
following the firing of Eli Cohen – until Sunday night, meaning Beersheba can
leapfrog the yellow-and-blue into first place, at least for 24 hours, with a win
at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium.
Beersheba has won three of four games, while
Haifa has slid all the way down to eighth place after losing three straight
matches following a promising start to the campaign.
“Prior to those
three loses, Hapoel Haifa beat Maccabi Haifa in the derby before giving Maccabi
Tel Aviv a very tough time,” said Beersheba coach Elisha Levy.
mustn’t forget that we are facing a strong team. When you are near the top of
the standings you can’t afford to drop many points. Our first goal is to finish
the regular season in the top six and that will not be easy as the table is very
tight and many teams are battling for a place in the championship
Also Saturday, Hapoel Acre hosts Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Maccabi
Petah Tikva visits Hapoel Ramat Hasharon and Hapoel Ra’anana welcomes Bnei
Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts Ashdod SC on Monday.