ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, April 19, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona face a quick turnaround when they visit Hapoel Tel Aviv on Saturday in a return to the Israeli playoffs.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Hapoel Tel Aviv
Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona will be flying high headed into the weekend after a 2-1 win in added time over Maccabi Haifa in the State Cup Semifinal on Wednesday. However, they face a tough test against the team just ahead of them and in place for European qualification.
Tel Aviv won their last meeting 1-0 on March 16 despite having two players sent off for red cards. The Blue Lions made up some ground with their 1-0 win last week over Ramat HaSharon and Tel Aviv being held to a draw. Kiryat Shmona are within five points of Tel Aviv and can close the gap with a win on Saturday.
Kiryat Shmona have not disclosed any injuries but manager Barak Bakhar has said that most of his starters will play on Saturday even after most of his normal starters played 120 minutes on Wednesday.
Tel Aviv got good news on Friday when team doctor's said that striker Tal Ben Haim could play after suffering an abdominal injury this week.
Leonard Krupnik is not expected to play as Maccabi Netanya host Ashdod in relegation playoffs. They are currently in last place.
Ryan Adeleye and Hapoel Ashkelon visit Hakoah Ramat Gan in Liga Leumit relegation playoffs.