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DUSTIN BECK - Friday, December 31, 2010
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will look to begin 2011 on a winning note when they travel to take on Bnei Sakhnin while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya travel to the capital to take on Beitar Jerusalem

Bnei Sakhnin - Ironi Kiryat Shmona

Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will travel to Doha Stadium in Sakhnin to face a struggling Sakhnin side.

Kiryat Shmona is coming off of a 1--0 midweek victory against Ashdod in a Toto Cup match. Kiryat currently sets in fourth place in the standings and trails Maccabi Tel Aviv by three points.

Bnei Sakhnin has struggled continuously all season, accumulating only seven goals all season and eight total league points.

Gerzicich should be back to his yeoman like ways. The american midfielder has started each game this season for Kiryat Shmona and this weekend should be know different. While Gerzicich has no goals on the season he has continually provided solid performances in the middle of the park to keep Shmona towards the top of the table.

Maccabi Netanya - Beitar Jerusalem

Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will head towards a historically hostile environment as they travel to Beitar Jerusalem for a heated match between the tenth and eleventh place teams in the league. Netanya leads Beitar Jerusalem by one point.

Netanya is coming off a midweek 4-2 loss to Bnei Yehuda in Cup play. While Beitar Jerusalem played to a 2-2 tie with Hapoel Petah Tivka on Tuesday.

Netanya has lost three of its last five and will need a strong outing to overcome what should be a tough place to get points.

Leo Krupnik, the elder statesmen of the Netanya side should resume his place on the back lines providing stability and leadership. Krupnik missed the last league contest but it was his only time this year to be out of the lineup.

Notes

Alex Zahavi will not be with Maccabi Haifa this weekend for their clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Instead Zahavi will be in Florida with the US U-20 national team.

Ryan Adeleye will be looking for playing time again this weekend as his side Hapoel Be'er Sheva hits the road to play Maccabi Petah Tivka.
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