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Hapoel Haifa line up against visiting side Maccabi Petah Tikva at Sammy Ofer Stadium in this Ligat HaAl tie on Saturday.
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Hapoel Haifa will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 0-2 Ligat HaAl loss in their previous game against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Hapoel Haifa have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Hapoel Haifa have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 8 goals in the process.
Heading into this contest, Hapoel Haifa haven't beaten Maccabi Petah Tikva in their last 4 league matches.
Maccabi Petah Tikva
After suffering a loss in their previous game against Maccabi Haifa in Ligat HaAl competition, Maccabi Petah Tikva and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
Looking at their form, and Maccabi Petah Tikva have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 11 goals overall. Defensively, Maccabi Petah Tikva have not been doing too well. Such a pattern won’t necessarily be sustained into this game, however.
Looking at their past form shows that Maccabi Petah Tikva:
- remain unbeaten by Hapoel Haifa when they've played them away from home in the last 2 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 9 league games. Their travelling support will be needed here, for sure.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head meetings dating back to 29/09/2018 shows us that Hapoel Haifa have won 1 of them & Maccabi Petah Tikva 4, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A sum of 18 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for The Sharks and 12 being from Petah Tikva. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.
Team News: Hapoel Haifa
Regarding absentees, there’s just a single fitness concern for the Hapoel Haifa boss Elisha Levy to contend with from a near full-strength group. Loai Taha (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out.
Team News: Maccabi Petah Tikva
Maccabi Petah Tikva manager Guy Luzon has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Mohammad Awwad (Groin Injury) and Dor Jan (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be making appearances. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Ethane Azoulay and Daniel Felczer.
We’re inclined to think that Maccabi Petah Tikva will have to work hard as a team to put one past this Hapoel Haifa outfit who we think might well end up scoring and staying ahead.
We’re therefore tipping a very even match with a 1-0 victory for Hapoel Haifa at the end of the 90.
Should be an interesting one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium (30,780)
Captain: Gil Vermouth
Chairman: Yoav Katz
Manager: Elisha Levy
Competitions: Ligat HaAl position 7