Tel Aviv derby takes center stage • Haifa, Petah Tikva duel

In front of 15,000 fans and under heavy security on Saturday at Bloomfield Stadium, Hapoel Tel Aviv will meet its city rival for the first Tel Aviv derby of this season.

Although both teams have not been on their best form recently, it promises to be a thrilling clash with pressure on both sides to get the victory. While it is generally accepted that the yellow-and-blue is favored to win the contest, after its lame performance against Beitar Jerusalem on Monday, it seems as if anything is possible.

Maccabi’s dodgy defense was in shambles in the 4-2 loss to Jerusalem; indeed, at times it appeared as if Tel Aviv’s backfour simply was not there. But the team’s biggest trouble, one that must concern coach Slavisa Jokanovic greatly, is clearly between the spots.


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