2nd placed Maccabi Haifa will host Hapoel Kfar Saba, a team placed just above the relegation zone.
Maccabi Haifa is the only team in Israel which has the firepower to challenge Maccabi Tel Aviv for the title. There is 5 points difference between them and Haifa are with a match less, so a chance to shorten the distance to 2 points with 5 rounds yet to come. The 3 points are absolutely required for Haifa in this home game and now they will face an opponent which they destroyed with 0:3 in the 1st part of the season and also a team which they beat 4 times in a row H2H and which lost a few weeks ago against Maccabi Tel Aviv with 4:0.
The visitors' schedule doesn't look too bad, they have the games where they can take the vital points to be sure about their survival in the league, but even a point looks too optimistic in Haifa. It's absolutely true that Kfar Saba plays much better on the road than at home, which is strange, but as I said two teams rule the league this season and if you lost to one of them with 4:0, you can expect something similar against the other one. Haifa's offensive power will be too much for Kfar Saba and it's looking like it's just a matter of time the first goal will be received like it was against Tel Aviv.
For this game, the visitors will miss the two suspended players- Gershon Koffie in the midfield line and Noam Gamoun in the right side of the defensive line.
I expect totally one-sided match with a lot of goal chances for Maccabi Haifa.Their 4-3-3 tactic is working great as they are the team with the most scored goals in the league- 46 in 20 games. They are absolutely capable of scoring at least two goals tonight against Kfar Saba, a team which is obviously weaker than them. It depends only on what performance Haifa will show defensively. -1.5 AH for the hosts is the right choice here.
Maccabi Haifa vs Hapoel Kfar Saba betting tips
1 (-1.5 AH) (Stake: 9)Odds: 1.80 at Bet365
Result: 0-0 LOST (-9 units)