Ashdod - Maccabi Haifa 1:3 (Sport1)
Charon Sherry is expected to return to the lineup, after returning to training after a few days in which he felt unwell.
The midfielder's return creates a positive headache for Barak Becher who will have to make some changes compared to the lineup he started against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The yellowed Daniel Sondgren will be absent and the debate is whether to start with Dolev Haziza or Raz Meir in the right back position, when it is estimated that the team tends to start with Meir in this position.
Mahmoud Jaber will replace the injured Ali Muhammad.
"Ashdod has already proven against us that they are an excellent team," said a player in Haifa.
"Now it's the money time and we have to get to every game 100 percent."
Sherry (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
After entering the top playoffs from the main door thanks to an excellent finish in the last four league games of the regular league, in MS.
Ashdod also want to produce points in the playoffs and are not giving up before the game tomorrow (Saturday, 20:00) against the champion in Haifa.
Michael Ohana, who was injured last Saturday against Maccabi Netanya, will be absent and his place is expected to be filled by Elton Akoltsa.
Zakaria Mugis is also out for another game and Ebenezer Mamata should continue in the 11.
Coach Ran Ben Shimon talked with the players and encouraged them for tomorrow, precisely against the background that the team has to fight the feeling that it has already done its part by entering the top playoffs.
An official at the club said last night: "It is clear that this is the most difficult game in the league and in the top playoffs, but it is rather challenging to open the top playoffs like this. We only have something to gain in this game."
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* 70 meetings were held between the teams in the Premier League.
The balance so far: 13:38 for Maccabi Haifa in victories and another 19 draws.
* The last away victory of MS.
Ashdod against Maccabi Haifa was in February 2017, when Or Invrom scored 0:1.
* Maccabi Haifa on a streak of three victories since the 3:1 loss in Ashdod about a month ago, while M.S.
Scored 10 points from the last 12 to grab the last ticket to the top playoffs.
* Maccabi Haifa found the back of the net and won all their home games during the regular season, except for the 0:0 against Bnei Rayna.
It is also the only team that did not lose points in a league game in which it led.
* Omar Atzili finished the regular season as the top scorer (16) and second in assists (9) as he is now one assist away from a second double-double in a row.
Only Yossi Benyon (1999/00 and 2000/01) and Maor Bozaglo (2013/14 and 2014/15) reached double figures in goals and assists in two consecutive seasons in the Premier League.
The composition of the groups
Maccabi Haifa coach: Barak Becher
The game setup
Ashdod Coach: Ran Ben Shimon
The game setup
Hapoel Beer Sheva
Maccabi Tel Aviv
The games of the 27th cycle:
Saturday, 15:00: Hapoel Beer Sheva - Hapoel Jerusalem (Sport2)
Saturday, 17:30: Maccabi Tel Aviv - Maccabi Netanya (Sport2)
Saturday, 18:30: Hapoel Hadera - Nes Ziona Section
Saturday, 19:30: Beitar Jerusalem - Hapoel Tel Aviv (Sport4)
Saturday, 20:00: Maccabi Haifa - MS Ashdod
Rishon, 19:00: Bnei Sakhnin - Maccabi Bnei Rayna
Rishon, 20:15: Hapoel Haifa - Urban Kiryat Shmona (Sport4)