Ligat Ha’al Big Four Preview
- Beitar Jersualem are looking for their first league points of the season after three straight losses to open up the season. Up and comers Hapoel Be’er Sheva will provide a tough test, but Beitar will be feeling confident after they beat Hapoel Ashkelon in the Toto cup 3-1. Amit Ben Shushan will be the key to Beitar’s offensive game as he has been the lone bright spot after a dismal start in the league. Be’er Sheva have collected four points in the league so far and will look to challenge on the counterattack with David Revivo and Maor Melikson. Beitar’s new look center back pairing of Cristian Gonzalez and Moshe Mishaelof should provide some stability after the uncertainty that Shimon Gershon and Tomer Ben-Yosef have offered. I believe that Beitar has turned a corner and should take care of business 2-1 at home.
- Maccabi Haifa have started the season decently with two draws and a win, however Elisha Levy will still be feeling the pressure from the fans and the owner Yaakov Shachar to succeed. Last week they only managed a draw against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, but will need the points to keep pace with surprise league leaders Hapoel Haifa. Eyal Golasa and Idan Vered will both start in an offensive lineup that will look to keep Bnei Yehuda on their toes. Bnei Yehuda will bench Dean Mori and start Aviv Hadad after shaky display last week. Pini Balili will start up front and will look to cause Haifa’s central defenders lots of trouble. Haifa for the win 3-1.
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv has had a rocky start to the season with a win, draw, and loss. However the Israeli champions will be looking to rebound against newly promoted side Kiryat Shmona who have a surprising seven points from three games so far, and will not be easy opponents for Tel-Aviv to handle. Hapoel should field a full squad including Itay Shechter who last played against Benfica in the champions league. Bevan Fransman will start in the center of defense replacing Walid Badeer who has started to show his age. Kiryat Shmona has some dangerous players including Alroi Cohen, and Tomer Swissa. Hapoel Tel-Aviv should be able to take the points, 3-0 Hapoel.
- After losing the first game of the season the Galacticos of Maccabi Tel-Aviv have started to look dominant. They proved that midweek when they thrashed Maccabi Netanya 5-1. Haris Medunjanin and Avi Strool are both recovering from injuries, but Medunjanin is likely to feature in Monday’s showdown against a stalwart Ashdod team. Dimitar Rangelov and Gal Alberman who both started midweek are doubts to start on Monday, but will play against the Dolphins. Ashdod have a well balanced team and will be hard to break down. Bulgarian striker Dimitar Makriev is a threat in the air and partners well with Idan Shriki in attack. Coach John Gregory will be looking for Ashdod’s second win of the season after an average start. Maccabi shouldn’t be bothered, 4-0 to the Yellows.
Categories: Israeli Football Teams Alroi Cohen, Amit Ben-Shushan, Avi Strool, Aviv Hadad, Benfica, Bevan Fransman, Bnei Yehuda, Cristian Gonzalez, David Revivo, Dimitar Makriev, Dimitar Rangelov, eyal golasa, FC Ashdod, Gal Alberman, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Haris Medunjanin, Idan Shriki, Idan Vered, Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Itay Shechter, Maccabi Haifa, Maor Melikson, Moshe Mishaelof, Pini Balili, Shimon Gershon, Tomer Swissa, Walid Badeer