PREVIEW: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona hope to rebound against Maccabi Haifa while Ryan Adeleye looks to make his second appearance for Hapoel Be'er Sheva as they face Beitar Jerusalem.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Maccabi Haifa
Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona look to rebound after being bounced out of the Toto Cup midweek and continue their hot play in Israeli League action on Monday when they host Maccabi Haifa.
The Blue Lions are unbeaten in their last four Israeli League matches and have risen to fifth position. Haifa sit only two points behind in seventh position and have won their last six of seven League matches and can leapfrog Kiryat Shmona with a win on Monday.
Haifa has only allowed one goal in their last four matches and will attempt to slow down the streaking Kiryat Shmona playmaker Shimon Abuhatzira. Haifa's most dangerous player is midfielder Hen Ezra, who leads them with goals so far and scored 12 last season with Maccabi Netanya.
Gerzicich is expected to start and play extended minutes. He played 79 minutes in their 2-1 loss to Be'er Sheva in Toto Cup action. No injuries have been reported by either squad.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva - Beitar Jerusalem
Ryan Adeleye hopes to make his second appearance of the season this week for Hapoel Be'er Sheva as they host Beitar Jerusalem.
Be'er Sheva have only lost once in their last six matches in all competitions and are playing their best soccer of the season. They would surely like to close out the first half of the season with another win, which could see them move into the top five.
Beitar have also played well lately and sit in sixth position and they have the hottest player in the league in their midfield. Avi Rikan has scored seven goals this season and three in December alone. Be'er Sheva will have to keep pace with Rikan and Beitar if they want to move up this weekend.
Leonard Krupnik has not featured lately for Maccabi Netanya, who fired their manager two weeks ago. They face off against second place Maccabi Tel Aviv this weekend.