Maccabi Netanya vs KuPS Kuopio by Isaiah
Maccabi Netanya last year he finished fourth in the Israeli Premier League. During the regular season was fifth, and in the play-offs, where they took place among the top eight teams in the league, they were tied with Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda, and due to worst goal difference did not enter the top three.
The successful coach Reuven Atar moved to Maccabi Haifa, so the administration brought Tal Banin in his place, a former player of Netanya, where last year was on the bench of Hapoel Haifa. Their roster based on domestic grown players, and there are six foreigners. The game will be held tonight at HaMoshava Stadium, in the city Petah Tikva, which is 25 km from the city of Netanya, which is based Maccabi. Defender Ben Harush, and midfielders Binyamin, Dajani and Shivhon are slight injured and their participation will be decided a little bit before kick off.
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KuPS Kuopio participated last year in the Finnish Cup final, losing to Helsinki, and managed to get Europa League ticket because Helsinki secured Champions League exit. This was the best moment of last season for KuPS Kuopio, as to the league they had a bad position. A similar situation exists this season too. Their league season is particularly bad, since they are located second from the bottom of the league table, but for the cup they are doing great. In mid of July they play a knockout game against MyPa to qualify for the final.
In the first qualifying round of Europa League, KuPS Kuopio won over Welsh Llanelli with a 2-1 score at home (first game away to Wales 1:1), and progressed to the 2nd round of Europa League. The two games were inconclusive, but KuPS was more ready for this one, and the fact that the Welsh have an amateur team, tilted in favor of the Finns.
Anyway, they won over Llanelli fairly, but now they have a more difficult task. The Israelis are a new promising team with a new coach, and KuPS have to play under high temperatures, and conditions which they are not accustomed. Defenders Taipale and Berg and midfielders Voutilainen, Koljonen and Estonian striker Zahovaiko overcame their injuries, while defender Holopainen is out still injured.
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