Bnei Sakhnin 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
While Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Beersheba have been making all the headlines,
Bnei Sakhnin continues to fly under the radar, cementing its place in the
Premier League top three with five wins from its past six matches.
going unbeaten in its first six league games, Sakhnin looked to have lost its
way, claiming just a single point from its following three matches, conceding
four goals in defeats to both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
since its 4-0 home loss to Beersheba almost two months ago, Sakhnin has picked
up 16 out of a possible 18 points, conceding just a single goal in that
Sakhnin is still nine points off the summit and five points
behind Beersheba, but holds a four-point cushion on Ironi Kiryat Shmona in
After outclassing Hapoel Tel Aviv 4-0, Sakhnin kept its
fifth straight clean sheet when it beat Hapoel Acre 2-0 on the road last week
and will be confident of extending its streak when it hosts rock-bottom Bnei
Yehuda on Saturday.
The signing of coach Marco Balbul in the off season
and the addition of players like Mohammad Ghadir, Firas Mugrabi and Spaniards
Abraham Paz and Cristian Hidalgo have proven to be strokes of genius, giving
Sakhnin a solid foundation that seems to grow stronger with every
Bnei Yehuda, on the other hand, has looked helpless since the start
of the campaign, picking up just five points from its 15 matches so
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Last week’s 2-0 defeat to league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv, in what
was coach Yossi Abuksis’ first match at the helm, was the team’s sixth straight
loss and 12th in its past 14 matches.
After extending its unbeaten streak
to nine games and winning for the sixth time in its past eight contests by
beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-1 on Monday, Beersheba can finally see the peak
It will close to within a single point of Maccabi Tel Aviv with a
victory over Hapoel Acre on Saturday.
The yellow-and-blue doesn’t host
Maccabi Haifa at Bloomfield Stadium until Monday night.
Hapoel Tel Aviv
will have an ideal opportunity to finally return to winning ways after losing
its past three matches when it visits the lowly Maccabi Petah Tikva on
Hapoel has claimed just a single victory in its last seven
encounters and finds itself in seventh place with just 19 points from 15
Also Saturday, Ashdod SC hosts Kiryat Shmona and Hapoel Ramat
Hasharon visits Hapoel Ra’anana.
On Sunday, Hapoel Haifa welcomes Beitar
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