ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, February 22, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona face a tough test when they welcome Bnei Yehuda to Northern Israel this weekend.
Kiryat Shmona - Bnei Yehuda
Only three matches remain for Kiryat Shmona, in what has been a disappointing year following their Championship last year.
However, they currently sit in fifth place and can leapfrog Yehuda with a win and potentially move as high as third.
The Blue Lions have only lost once in their last seven matches but they've only won once as well. Continuing to draw will not help them as they are running out of time if they want to return to European soccer next year.
Yehuda will be looking to shake off a tough loss to league leading Maccabi Tel Aviv last week as the sure champions put up two goals past the 90 minute mark to down the hosts.
Kiryat Shmona is expecting to get back top defender Dan Einbender for the match this weekend and Simon Abuhatzeira for the playoffs and possibly even substitute appearances before then. Yehuda has not announced any injuries ahead of this weekend's clash.
Leonard Krupnik is not expected to play this weekend as Maccabi Netanya play Bnei Sakhnin.
Ryan Adeleye and Hapoel Ashkelon host Hapoel Ra'anana in Liga Leumit action.