The IFL returns Thursday evening, playing in a special first-time venue with a Big Blue Jerusalem Lions-Mike's Place Tel Aviv Sabres showdown at the new football stadium in Modi'in.
The country's fastest-growing city is being eyed for potential expansion and is an ideal neutral site for this game as well, situated exactly half way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and the gates will open at 7:00 p.m. in what is anticipated to be the highest attended game this year thusfar.
The Lions (6-1) come into the contest on an emotional high, having clinched first place in their last game and getting a boost of fresh energy with the return of more players from the IL each week.
The Sabres (1-6), on the other hand, must be feeling discouraged by this point, and are coming off a pair of tightly-fought, crushing losses to their closest rival, the Dancing Camel Hasharon Pioneers (3-5), by a total combined margin of five points.
Despite the teams' seeming inequality, judging by their inverse mirroring records, the Lions must be careful not to overlook Mike's Place. While the Sabres' are playing simply for pride, with no chance of qualifying for the post-season, if they are able to force a couple of turnovers in critical situations and take adavantage of the element of surprise that comes with being cast in the position of big underdogs, they may be able to pull what would be a huge upset.