Beitar targets win over Petah Tikva

Beitar can climb to the summit of the Premier League standings for at least 24 hours with a victory over Petah Tikva combined with a Hapoel Haifa draw or defeat at Bnei Yehuda earlier in the day.

By
December 29, 2017 06:49
1 minute read.
Beitar targets win over Petah Tikva

Despite some impressive results, Beitar Jerusalem coach Benny Ben-Zaken is still under pressure entering Saturday’s encounter with Maccabi Petah Tikva at Teddy Stadium. (photo credit: DANNY MARON)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Beitar Jerusalem coach Benny Ben-Zaken is hoping another win against Maccabi Petah Tikva on Saturday night can help him finally win over the team’s supporters.

Beitar can climb to the summit of the Premier League standings for at least 24 hours with a victory over Petah Tikva combined with a Hapoel Haifa draw or defeat at Bnei Yehuda earlier in the day.

Ben-Zaken has come under intense scrutiny from Beitar’s management and the club’s fans ever since he was appointed five matches into the campaign. Even though Jerusalem has managed to maintain a place among the leaders, Ben-Zaken was summoned to a one-on-one conversation with club boss Eli Ohana in which he was reprimanded for the team’s poor play. The supporters have been on Ben-Zaken’s case almost from day one, with his hiring at the end of September catching most people by surprise, including the fans who had hoped for a bigger name.

Last week’s 3-1 victory at Ashdod SC kept Beitar within three points of leader Hapoel Beersheba, which will only be in action on Sunday when it visits Hapoel Ashkelon.

“We are hoping to pick up from where we left off against Ashdod,” said Ben-Zaken. “I believe the fans will be pleased if we put on a good show the way we did against Ashdod.”


Hapoel Haifa, which is one point back of Beersheba, returned to winning ways with last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Maccabi Petah Tikva.

It faces a stern test against a redhot Bnei Yehuda on Saturday, with Yossi Abuksis’s team coming in on the back of a four-match winning streak, moving it up to sixth place, seven points behind first.

Elsewhere Saturday, Maccabi Haifa hosts Hapoel Acre and Hapoel Ra’anana visits Maccabi Netanya.

Maccabi Tel Aviv, which visits Bnei Sakhnin on Monday, announced on Thursday that Steve McClaren will be leaving the club. The former manager of the England national team spent the past five months as part of Jordi Cruyff’s coaching staff.

Related Content

Meterz Party Leader Tamar Zandberg, October 22, 2018
June 16, 2019
Meretz party convention votes for closed primary, reversing previous policy

By JEREMY SHARON

Cookie Settings