Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
Well the lineup is pretty much known by 70%. Probably the defenders will be Strul and Ben Haim, with Benayoun and Tamir Cohen in midfield with their places secured, while Baruchyan if recovered from his pain will figure in Kashtan´s eleven. Barda and Collauti will start upfront despite Ben Sahar making a good match against Finland.
The position who aren´t known, keeper. Awat or Davidovich. The latter is with more playing time with Haifa, while Dudu, hasn´t played a match for 4 months at La Coruna. A tough choice for Kashtan. Imo Awat should begin. What do you guys think?
On the sidebacks position, honestly i have doubts. What we saw in the last campaign was Shpungin (he is out of this match due injury) in the right and Ziv on left and it should like this during the campaign. But we have seen that Kashtan has opted to use Ben Dayan in the left and i wouldn´t be surprised to the Netanya player start the match. Yoav Ziv, who i would prefer to see instead of Ben Dayan, was also tested on the right side. Even though as a sideback he is better tha Saban it would not the right time to test positions in such an important game like against Switzerland (Ziv already played as a rightback, but it is not his natural one). Saban in today´s pratice played in the first team and should start the game. What would guys do in this case?
In central defense, pretty much secured, Ben Haim and Sturl will start, despite in today in practice Keinan playing in the first team alongside Strul.
In midfield, a lot of doubts, the only secured spot is of Yossi Benayoun, of course. But even Tamir Cohen could have his place taken. The Bolton midfielder is likely to start, but Kashtan tested Moshe Ohayon and Biram Kiyal aswell in the position. Gal Alberman will be sorrowly missed as he won´t recover in time from injury, which opens a new spot in midfield.
Baruchyan who is one of Beitar´s best players this season, is Kashtan favourite and despite a bad game against Finland shoul have his spot secured together with Benayoun. Salim Tuama who in the last campaign didn´t appear in the lists is a hot name to start the game as in both training sessions he was placed in the first team and also the man in charge to take freekicks and corners. Buzaglo will be an option for second half and imo Kashtan won´t start with him. So according to the practices so far, we would have a mifield with: Cohen, Baruchyan, Benayoun and Tuama.
In the striking force upfront, Kashtan is most likely to start with Collauti and Barda. Even though Portsmouth youngster Ben Sahar has pleased the staff and raised his chances to start.
A lot of doubts for the match, better this way so the Swiss will be confused on who will start.
I´m surprised they haven´t started a psycological war as they did in the last campaign.