BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, December 10, 2010
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel have a chance to retake first place when they host current leaders Maccabi Haifa while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will aim for three points when they host Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona – Maccabi Haifa
A week after losing the top spot in the Israeli Premier League, Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will look to retake the first place position when they host the current leaders Maccabi Haifa at Kiryat Shmona Municipal Stadium on Monday.
The Los Angeles-born holding midfielder Gerzicich will once again start for Kiryat Shmona where he has started every league game this season.
US U-20 international Alexander Zahavi will hope to start on the bench for Maccabi Haifa.
Kiryat Shmona have not lost in their previous five games but three of those games have been draws including last week's disappointing 1-1 result against Hapoel Be'er Sheva. In that game, most felt Kiryat Shmona were robbed of a victory because there was an apparent foul on Hapoel Be'er Sheva in their 65th minute equalizer.
Kiryat Shmona will be missing defender Barak Bakhar but will hope to have their leading scorer Wiyam Amashe return to action. The northern Israeli club have seen their offense struggle mightily without Amashe.
Maccabi Haifa's captain Yaniv Katan is questionable for the game with a groin injury and it is likely that forward Shlomi Azulay will also miss the game.
Maccabi Netanya - Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Leo Krupnik and struggling Maccabi Netanya will hope to get back on the winning track on Saturday when they host Hapoel Be'er Sheva at Sar-Tov Stadium on Saturday.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva have not won at Sar-Tov Stadium in 18 years.
Krupnik will once again likely find himself in the starting lineup for Maccabi Netanya where he has played every minute for his club so far this season.
New Jersey born defender Ryan Adeleye is likely to start on the bench for Hapoel Be'er Sheva where he will hope to make his third appearance of the season.
The game will feature two teams heading in the opposite direction. Maccabi Netanya only have two points in their previous five games after starting off the season strong. They currently sit in 11th place.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva have eight points in their previous five games and have risen to fifth place in the Israeli Premier League after a slow start.
Maccabi Netanya will hope that their captain Orel Dgani will be fit in time for the game. The club have missed Dgani's presence on the backline in recent weeks.
For Hapoel Be'er Sheva, they will be without starting defender Avi Yehiel who is sick.