Imo Katan will start if he is fit, but as Eyal Berkovic said recently, he slows the team down...Golasa could also play central midfield...my opinion 1-0 Haifa, Hemed scores the winner...
Katan is far from his prime. Last season he was important for the team deciding games with goals and especially his assits. This season, his leadership is being important to keep the team cool during the games, but in terms of playing, he is not up to be in the starting lineup. It would be better to see Golasa play in that role behind the striker, he has so much talent and vision that certainly would be better used. Golasa has been playing outside his natural position due to Katan´s presence.
Last season in the league and especially in those games in the Champions League against Aktobe and Salzburg, Golasa played as a starter and more advanced position, where IMO he is more useful. It is pretty much like Medunjanin at Maccabi (I am not comparing styles, they are different, but they play in the same position IMO) when playing as a central midfielder he is far from prodcuing what he really knows.
As for Berkovic´s comments, he is a big fan of Golasa. Always when Maccabi Haifa plays and he is the TV commentator, he says Golasa is a great player and should lead the team etc....if Berko was the NT coach he would certainly call up him and make him an important squad player, the same way Fernandez trusts in Refaelov.
The guys here are really putting faith in Haifa, hopefully they win as well, but Hapoel are stronger currently and playing at Bloomfield could make all the difference. Hapoel are in a better moment, but if this game won´t decide the title it will certainly be a morale victory and a very boosting one.