MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, February 24, 2012
Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona will look to extend its 24-game-unbeatened streak, while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will hope to hang onto eighth place in the Israeli Premier League.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona - Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv
Kiryat Shmona needs only a point to clinch the top spot heading into the playoffs as it plays host to current fifth place holders Bnei Yehuda on Saturday.
Bryan Gerzicich should start once again in central midfielder for the league leaders, having started in 23 of the team's 26 games so far.
In its last match, Kiryat Shmona extended its lead to 12 points with its 2-0 win over Maccabi Petah Tikva. Gerzicich played the full 90 minutes for Kiryat Shmona.
Bnei Yehuda tied sixth place Maccabi Haifa last weekend, with neither team scoring.
Kiryat Shmona is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Bnei Yehuda's Itzik Azuz will sit out because of yellow card accumulation.
Hapoel Ironi Rishon-LeZion - Maccabi Netanya
Maccabi Netanya visit Hapoel Ironi Rishon-LeZion on Saturday, holding onto eighth place and the final playoff spot with only four matches remaining.
Defender Leo Krupnik is likely to start for Netanya.
Netanya got a much needed boost last weekend, winning 1-0 over third place Ashdod. Netanya had won only one of its previous six matches before the win.
Still, Netanya holds only a two-point lead for the last playoff spot.
Rishon-LeZion currently sits in 15th place, finding itself in the middle of a relegation battle. The team has lost its last three matches, including a 3-2 loss to Hapoel Haifa last weekend.
Netanya will be without injured midfielder Mohamd Kalebat.
Rishon-LeZion will be without goalkeeper Ohad Cohen due to injury.
Ryan Adeleye will hope to see the bench for Hapoel Be'er Sheva when the team travels to Maccabi Petach Tikva.