PREVIEW: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona aim to stay in first place when they face Ryan Adeleye Hapoel Be'er Sheva while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya visit Maccabi Petah Tikva.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva – Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
After a disappointing draw last weekend against Maccabi Petah Tikva, Bryan Gerzizich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will hope to rebound with a win over Hapoel Be'er Sheva to stay in first place in the Israeli Premier League.
Gerzicich will once again start for Hapoel Kiryat Shmona where he has started every league match for the club this season
American defender Ryan Adeleye is likely to start on the bench for Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Last week, the New Jersey native made his first start of the season for Be'er Sheva in their 3-2 win over Hapoel Acre.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will be lead by Israeli international Elroy Cohen who has enjoyed a breakout year in the midfield and is one of the best play makers in the league this season.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva enter into the game with two consecutive wins and are currently in fifth place.
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will be without their leading goal scorer Wiyam Amashe and defender Barak Bakhar. Both players will be missing the game with injuries.
Maccabi Petah Tikva – Maccabi Netanya
Maccabi Netanya will be looking to pick up their first win in five rounds on Sunday when they travel to take on seventh place Maccabi Petah Tikva who have two draws and a win in their last three.
American central defender Leo Krupnik will once again start for Maccabi Netanya where he has started every game this season.
Maccabi Netanya are led by forward Achmad Saba'a who has five goals on the season while Maccabi PetahTikva brings to the table dangerous attacker Tal Ben Haim who has six goals.
Maccabi Netanya will be without their captain Orel Dgani. The defender picked up a yellow card last week and is suspended for Sunday's game.
Maccabi Petah Tikva are not reporting any injuries
US U-20 international Alexander Zahavi will hope to make the bench for Maccabi Haifa on Saturday when they host Hapoel Acre.