BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, December 16, 2011
One week after taking over first place in the Israeli Premier League, Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona will be looking to push their winning streak to five when they host Hapoel Haifa.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona - Hapoel Haifa
One weekend after claiming first place in the Israeli Premier League with a victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv, Kiryat Shmona will be looking to build on their lead when they host a red-hot Hapoel Haifa on Saturday.
Bryan Gerzicich has been an important part of Kiryat Shmona's success this year and the Los Angeles native will start in central midfield.
Despite being the smallest team in the Premier League, Kiryat Shmona are putting together a season for the ages. They have lost only one game all year and have allowed just eight goals on the season. They currently have a two point lead over second place Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Hapoel Haifa currently sit in 13th place in the 16 team league but they have won their last two games. Last weekend they defeated arch-rival and perennial league power Maccabi Haifa 3-1. The week before that, they defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-0.
Kiryat Shmona are not reporting any injuries.
Hapoel Haifa will be missing midfielder Stefan Denković and defenders Eyal Tartazki and Yossi Dora with injuries. Defender Ran Abukarat is suspended for the match for yellow card accumulation.
Leo Kurpnik will hope to return to the starting lineup for Maccabi Netanya this Monday when they visit Maccabi Haifa. Last weekend the Cal-Berkley alum was an unused sub in Netanya's 1-1 draw with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Ryan Adeleye has seen irregular playing time this season but will be aiming for playing time for Hapoel Be'er Sheva when they visit Beitar Jerusalem on Saturday.