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After finally picking up its first points of the season with a win at Maccabi Tel Aviv last weekend, Maccabi Haifa faces another tough test on Saturday in the shape of high flying Hapoel Kfar Saba.
Hapoel Tel Aviv could only manage a 1-1 draw at Kfar Saba last week, but Haifa coach Roni Levy will be hoping his players can do the club proud in front of what has recently become a hostile home crowd at Kiryat Eliezer.
Despite coming off the substitutes bench to score two of Haifa's three goals against Maccabi Tel Aviv, veteran striker and club captain Yaniv Katan is not expected to return to the starting line up for the Greens.
Defender Adoram Keisi is unlikely to be included in the squad after he was ejected from training last week, following a fall out with Levy. It was assumed that Keisi was to leave the club, but his future is still undecided.
The coach is still looking to bolster his squad, with Betar Jerusalem's Omri Afek a known target. There have also been rumors that Betar left back Eliran Danin, who has not started for the yellow and black this season, may move to Haifa along with Afek.
Betar plays on Sunday against Ashdod SC at Teddy Stadium.
While many of the top sides, including Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv, as well as Haifa, have failed to impress thus far, Kfar Saba is one of a the teams that have proved to be surprising successes in the early part of the season.
Eli Ohana's team is currently in fourth position, just two points off the top and will fancy its chances at Haifa.
Kfar Saba forward Ben Luz said he was satisfied with the club's start. "It is always important to open the league on the right foot," he told Israeli sports Web site One. "We are playing good soccer and we have a good team here. I am not surprised. We have some excellent players here and we have got some momentum...I am very satisfied so far."
Following its defeat to Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv travels north to Kiryat Shmona on Saturday with coach Nir Levin knowing he must start to pick up points. Tel Aviv has only managed a draw and three losses so far while Kiryat Shmona, which was promoted last season has already won two and drawn one of its four games.
New Maccabi Tel Aviv signing Ramalho, who played for Betar Jerusalem in the latter part of last season, could make his debut for the Yellows up front.
Also Saturday, Yossi Mizrahi's second-placed Maccabi Petah Tikva travels to Maccabi Netanya and Bnei Sakhnin visits Bnei Yehuda.