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(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Betar Jerusalem will put aside its battle against Premier League relegation on
Tuesday evening, hoping its visit to National League side Bnei Lod in the last
32 of the State Cup will prove to be a pleasant distraction from its current
Betar is just two points above the relegation zone after
suffering its second straight loss on Saturday, being humbled 3-0 at home by
Fans at Teddy Stadium called for the head of coach Yuval
Naim, but he remains at the helm, although that could change if Betar fails to
overcome an inferior opponent on Tuesday.
Influential midfielder Kobi
Moyal will miss the game due to injury and captain Amit Ben-Shushan will be
rested, with new-signing Eran Levy to make his first start for the
“Now it is time to work hard, not to talk,” Naim told his players
“Any one who thinks that we are facing a walk in the park is
very wrong. We may have lost two straight games, but we need to put that aside
because we are facing a cup match which can help us get back on
Unlike Betar, Lod enters the match on a hot run, going unbeaten
in its last 10 National League matches, winning its last four to move tied on 42
points with league-leader Hapoel Ramat Gan.
Another high-flying National
League team looking to spring a surprise on Tuesday is Hapoel Jerusalem, which
hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv at Teddy Stadium.
Jerusalem is in fourth place in
the standings, but lost 2-0 to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth on Friday.
league campaign seemingly going from bad to worse with every week, Maccabi knows
its only way to save some pride from a bitterly disappointing season is with a
Eight more last 16 ties take place on Tuesday, including two
all-Premier League showdowns, with in-form Sakhnin visiting Maccabi Petah Tikva
and Hapoel Beersheba hosting Bnei Yehuda.
Also Tuesday, Asi Gilboa, which
leads Liga Alef Tzafon by a massive 14 points, welcomes Upper Nazareth of the
National League, Maccabi Netanya visits Ness Tziona, Betar Tel Aviv/Ramle hosts
Hapoel Kfar Saba, Maccabi Herzliya visits Givat Olga, Maccabi Umm el- Fahem
faces Hapoel Afula and Hapoel Ramat Gan plays Kfar Kassem SC.
matches will be played on Wednesday, with Premier League leader Ironi Kiryat
Shmona visiting Hapoel Haifa.
In other action: Maccabi Haifa travels
south to face Maccabi Beersheba, Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts Maccabi Yavne, Hapoel
Petah Tikva plays Ashdod SC, Hapoel Ramat Hashaoron comes up against Hapoel Acre
and Hapoel Rishon Lezion hosts Betar Kfar Saba.
Tuesday on TV: State Cup:
Asi Gilboa vs Upper Nazareth (live on Sport5+Live at 1 p.m.); Bnei Lod vs Betar
Jerusalem (live on Sport5+Live at 6:45 p.m.) Hapoel Jerusalem vs Maccabi Tel
Aviv (live on Sport5+Live at 8:45.