BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will visit Hapoel Rishon LeZion while Ryan Adeleye and Hapoel Be'er Sheva hope to pick up their first points of the season when they face Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Hapoel Rishon LeZion - Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
After two consecutive draws, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will be looking for a valuable three points when they visit Hapoel Rishon LeZion on Wednesday at Haberfeld Satdium.
Los Angeles-born defensive midfielder Bryan Gerzicich has started every game so far this season for Kiryat Shmona and should continue that streak on Wednesday.
Kiryat Shmona has been struggling on offense this season but the club have recently announced that Maccabi Haifa forward Shlomi Azulay will join them on loan for the rest of the season.
While Kiryat Shmona have just five points through four games, they currently are only two points out of fourth place in the tight Premier League standings.
Hapoel Rishon LeZion began the season strongly, but have lost their last two matches. They currently have six points through four games.
Neither team is reporting any injuries at this time.
Maccabi Netanya - Beitar Jerusalem
Maccabi Netanya will be faced with a difficult challenge on Wednesday when they host Beitar Jersualem at Shar-Tov Stadium.
American Leo Krupnik is expected to start in central defense for Maccabi Netanya.
Maccabi Netanya have six points through four games but have won two out of their last three in the Premier League. In their last game on Saturday, Netanya picked up an important road win over Bnei Yehuda.
Beitar Jerusalem are enjoying a strong start to the season. Their three wins in four games have propelled them to third place in the Israeli Premier League standings.
Beitar Jerusalem do not have any injuries at the moment but Maccabi Netanya will be without midfielder Hen Ezra.
Hapoel Tel Aviv - Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Hapoel Be'er Sheva have lost each of their four games to start their Premier League season and they will have a tough task ahead on Wednesday if they want earn points on the road against second place Hapoel Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium.
New Jersey native Ryan Adeleye started his first game of the season on Saturday for Hapoel Be'er Sheva and he could start again against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva have yet to pick up points and they did not play well on Saturday in their 3-1 loss to Ironi Ramat HaSharon. Still, the Israeli Premier League table remains tight with just a few points separating the last-placed teams from the middle of the pack.
Hapoel Tel Aviv have ten points through four games and in their most recent game, they easily defeated Hapoel Acre 2-0 on the road.
Moti Malka will miss the game for Hapoel Be'er Sheva after he picked up a red card on Saturday.
Hapoel Tel Aviv are not reporting any injuries for the game.