Tonight (Saturday), Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva in the second round of the Premier League, and wants to get debut points after the surprising loss to Sakhnin in the opening round. Gabi Kanikovsky, who recently completed the transfer from Maccabi Netanya, started in the Yellows’ squad, with Stepa Fritza also appearing for the first time in the 11th of coach Patrick Van Leven in the league. Eden Shamir and Ayalon Almog are also in the Yellows’ squad, while Brandley Kwas is included in the squad for the first time and is waiting on the bench for his debut.
Those who are not in the squad of the trophy holder are Eduardo Guerrero, who arrived late from the Panama national team’s trip in the World Cup qualifiers.
On the other hand, the guest remembers well how she came back with a surprising away win over the champion in the opening round last season, and will want to do a similar thing in the second round of the current season. Muhammad Awad makes his debut in Guy Luzon’s squad, with the Malabes hoping to surprise and correct the impression after not showing convincing ability during the draw with Hapoel Haifa in the first round.
Maccabi Petah Tikva hopes to recreate the last two cases in which it met Maccabi Tel Aviv in the second round of the season, when they both ended in victories (2: 3 at home in 2007 and 3: 0 at home in 1998).
Second round games:
Saturday, 18:00: Kiryat Shmona – Hapoel Tel Aviv (Sports 4)
Saturday, 19:00: Maccabi Netanya – Hapoel Nof Hagalil
Saturday, 19:30: Maccabi Tel Aviv – Maccabi Petah Tikva (Sport 3)
Saturday, 20:30: Maccabi Haifa – Bnei Sakhnin (Sport 4)
Sunday, 19:00: MS. Ashdod – Hapoel Haifa
Sunday, 20:15: Hapoel Beer Sheva – Hapoel Hadera (Sport 1)
Monday, 20:30: Hapoel Jerusalem – Betar Jerusalem