ANDY SCHREUR - Thursday, November 29, 2012
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona hope to keep their Israeli League momentum going and Leo Krupnick looks to make his second consecutive start for Maccabi Netanya.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Hapoel Ramat HaSharon
Bryan Gerzicich and the Blue Lions got a much needed win last week versus Bnei Yehuda to jumpstart their comeback in the Israeli League. Gerzicich has been a mainstay in midfield this season and looks to continue his success at home against HaSharon.
HaSharon is coming off two consecutive home losses but still find themselves in sixth position. They'll look to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Northern Israel on Saturday. Their defense has given up six goals in two losses and will need to tighten the screws to win on the road.
Maccabi Netanya - Beitar Jerusalem
Leonard Krupnik figures to start again for Netanya as they welcome Beitar Jerusalem to the Tel Aviv suburbs. Netanya has struggled to score goals lately and will face a touch test from fifth place Beitar. Beitar was slapped with a two match stadium penalty for fan violence in a match earlier this month and will be forced to play their next two home games in an empty building. They were also hit with an $18,000 fine by the Israeli League.
Netanya has only won twice in their last eight matches and will need a solid performance to stay in the top half of the league. They are coming off a 3-2 win over Maccabi Haifa in the Toto Cup, where Krupnik played the first half.
The matchup could provide some separation in a crowded middle section of the league. Only six points separate fourth and twelfth position's as they come into the home stretch of the Israeli League, which ends in early March.
Ryan Adeleye has not seen game action yet this season and hopes to make his season debut as Hapoel Be'er Sheva host Bnei Yehuda.