Five weeks after the final whistle of the 2019/20 season, a new season is kicking off in Israeli football, and there is nothing like a battle for the title to do so. Hapoel Beer Sheva holds the cup host at this time (Live Sports 1) The champion Maccabi Tel Aviv for the first of two games (in Ashdod, in light of the shortcomings at Toto Turner Stadium). The Yellows still do not have a new coach in place of Vladimir Ivitch, of course, so the one who will run the game will be Patrick Van Leven.
Last year, the Yellows won the title after beating Bnei Yehuda 0-1 in a single game thanks to a winning goal by striker Aron Schoenfeld. We should also note that Maccabi Tel Aviv is the winner with six. Hapoel Beer Sheva, on the other hand, won the title three times, the last of which was in 2017 after a 2: 4 victory over Bnei Yehuda.
Maccabi Tel Aviv arrives at the game in a non-ideal situation. Although the Yellows defeated Beitar Jerusalem 0: 1 and Bnei Yehuda 0: 3 in the preseason games, but beyond the fact that a new coach has not yet been appointed, the team lost big anchors in defense such as Andre Geralds who did not continue and Jair Amador on the way to signing in Sarugasa . Beyond that, Omar Atzili and Dor Micha have been notified of their release and Eyal Golsa has not yet signed a new contract. Itai Schechter, who is in solitary confinement after one of his family members fell ill in Corona, will be absent from the game and will be led by Nick Blackman and Ayalon Almog, along with the young Eduardo Guerrero, who gets a golden opportunity while Jonathan Cohen is on the bench. Along with Eitan Tibi, Matan started giving Balteksa a brake. Enrique Seborit is injured of course.
Hapoel Beer Sheva also went through many mistakes this summer. Coach Yossi Aboksis remained but striker Ben Shehar left for Cyprus. At the professional level, the trophy holder with a patchwork composition, without all the foreigners in isolation, are all leading players. Abacus chose the three-brake system even without Miguel Vitor. Joshua and Elton Acultasa are also out of the squad. Ramzi Spori, who is on his way to leave the club, started in the squad and so did Naor Sabag. Case Ganem, who scored in the Sim round of the season against the champion, is starting in the lead, along with Itamar Shabiru, who signed a contract with the team this week.
Hapoel Beer Sheva: Ohad Levita, Or Dadia, Amit Bitton, Louis Taha, Shir Tzedek, Sean Goldberg, Marwan Kabha, Naor Sabag, Ramzi Spori, Itamar Shabiru, Case Ganem
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Daniel Tennenbaum, Maor Kandil, Matan Balteksa, Eitan Tibi, Ofir Davidzada, Dan Glazer, Dor Peretz, Avi Rikan, Eduardo Guerrero, Nick Blackman, Elon Almog
the progress of the game:
The first minutes were inaccurate on the part of both teams until in the seventh minute the loss of Naor Sabag became a big outburst for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Elon Almog received a pass on the left side, Nick Blackman pushed into the net but the referee disqualified the goal on the grounds of a boundary difference.