PREVIEW: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, February 15, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona travel to Hapoel Tel Aviv and hope to win back to back league matches.

Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona finally got a league win last week when they defeated Hapoel Ramat Gan 3-1 for their first victory of 2013. Despite their offensive struggles, the Blue Lions find themselves in fifth place and only three points behind third-place Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv is playing their worst soccer of the year and have lost four straight league matches; to make matters worse, they have been outscored 12-0 in those four matches. Tel Aviv led the league for much of the season, but things have gone terribly wrong for them in 2013.

Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona will hope to keep Tel Aviv's scoreless drought intact and must stop Omer Damari, who leads them with 10 goals on the season.

Unfortunately, the defending champions may miss Shimon Abuhatzira, their leading scorer who was injured last week in training and missed last week's game. Hapoel Tel Aviv will be without midfielder Gil Vermouth, who had season-ending surgery this week after suffering an injury last week.

Notes

Leonard Krupnik is not expected to play as Maccabi Netanya take on Ironi Ramat HaSharon.