ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, January 18, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona look to get back in the win column this weekend against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Hapoel Be'er Sheva
The fifth place Blue Lions are coming off two consecutives draws and will be eager to get back into the win column and inch closer to league leading Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Be'er Sheva is coming off a 5-0 thrashing by Tel Aviv and need points to avoid the relegation zone. They haven't won in five games and are plummeting toward the bottom of the league standings.
Kiryat Shmona have been active in transfer talks but have been unable to acquire an attacking midfielder or striker, which they hope will kick start their offense. Other than Shimon Abuhatzira, who has eight goals, no other Blue Lion has more than four this season.
Be'er Sheva will be without Feras Awad, who picked up a needless red card in last week's loss and is serving his one match suspension. Kiryat Shmona has not announced any injuries.
Leonard Krupnik continues to be rumored to move from Maccabi Netanya and is not expected to play in this weekend's match against Hapoel Acre.
Ryan Adeleye and his new club Hapoel Ashkelon face off against Hapoel Jerusalem this weekend in Israel's second division. They currently sit in 15th place in the Liga Leumit standings.