PREVIEW: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Bryan Gerzicich looks to be back in the starting lineup for Ironi Kiryat Shmona as they face Bnei Sakhnin while Leonard Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya visit Maccabi Haifa.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Bnei Sakhnin
Bryan Gerzicich hopes for playing time as the defending champions face bottom feeding Bnei Sakhnin at home.
Gerzicich did not feature in the Blue Lions win last weekend over Ironi Ramat HaSharon or their 2-0 loss to Olympique Lyon earlier this week. He looks to return to the Kiryat Shmona on Monday night.
The hosts have won two league matches in a row following manager Barak Bakar's significant roster decisions and look to carry that momentum for their third straight league win.
Kiryat Shmona have risen to fifth place in the league and are desperately trying to win their second league championship in a row. Bakar has been vocal about their goal of getting back into the Europa League next season and their comeback chances in the league.
Bnei Sakhnin have not won in over a month and will be looking to bounce back after a 4-0 thrashing away to Maccabi Tel Aviv last week. They currently sit in 12th position and are near the relegation zone.
Maccabi Netanya - Maccabi Haifa
Leonard Krupnik and Netanya will try to shake off last week's final minute loss against Beitar Jerusalem when they travel to Haifa to take on The Greens. Netanya will look to beat Haifa twice in two weeks, as the two faced off November 28 in a Toto Cup match, which featured mostly reserve players.
Maccabi Haifa defeated crosstown rivals Hapoel Haifa 3-0 last week and will hope to not suffer an emotional letdown this week when they welcome Netanya to the Haifa Municipal Stadium. Netanya has only won once in their last eight matches and find themselves in 12th position.
Netanya are in danger of dropping into the relegation zone and will be anxious to get a win. They'll have to do without midfield Ali El-Khatib, who is serving a five match suspension for spitting on a Bnei Sakhnin player during a match in November.
The club has also indicated that they will try to transfer the player in January and are looking for a new owner, as the team continue to struggle financially.
Ryan Adeleye hopes to see his first game action of the year as Hapoel Be'er Sheva take on Ironi Ramat HaSharon. Adeleye has been an unused sub in the last two games