BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, November 19, 2010
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona look to extend their lead at the top of the Israeli Premier Leauge against Maccabi Tel Aviv while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will hope to stop a losing skid against Beni Yehuda.
Maccabi Tel Aviv – Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
A week after retaking the first place position in the Israeli Premier League, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will face a very difficult task on Saturday when they take on fourth place Maccabi Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium.
American central midfielder Bryan Gerzicich will once again start for the league leader.
Kiryat Shmona has risen to the top of the standings thanks to a high power offense that boasts the best goal differential and the most goals scored in the league. They are led by 21 year old Israeli international Elroy Cohen and forward Wiyam Amashe.
Maccabi Tel Aviv currently only trails Hapoel Kiryat Shmona by two points but they enter into Saturday's game having dropped their most recent game to Hapoel Acre 3-1.
They are led by Bosnian Haris Medunjanin and Israeli Eliran Atar who have four goals each.
Maccabi Tel Aviv is reporting that Bulgarian forward Dimitar Rangelov, midfielder Guillermo Israilevich, and midfielder Shiran Yeini will miss Saturday's match.
For Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, defender Barak Bakhar will miss the game as he is out with a long-term injury.
Maccabi Netanya – Beni Yehuda
After dropping a difficult game last weekend on the road to Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and falling to seventh place in the Israeli Premier League, Maccabi Netanya returns home to Sar-Tov Stadium where they will take on 11th place Bnei Yehuda.
Maccabi Netanya have dropped their last two games and this has led to head coach Reuven Atar publically voicing his displeasure with his team's defense. American Leo Krupnik also was the target of some criticism this week.
Krupnik, however, is expected to start once again for Maccabi Netanya this week.
Beni Yehuda enter into the game without a loss in their last three games. They are led by Argentine midfielder Pedro Galván who has three goals on the season.
Beni Yehuda are not reporting any injuries at this time.
Maccabi Netanya wil be without defender Omri Ben Harush who is out with an eye injury.
US U20 international Alexander Zahavi will not take part for Maccabi Haifa in their clash with inter-city rivals Hapoel Haifa on Monday. Zahavi will join the US U20 national team in Atlanta next week for the Torneo de las Americas.
New Jersey native Ryan Adeleye is likely to start the game on the bench for Hapoel Be'er Sheva when they host Hapoel Ashkelon on Sunday.