Venue: Bloomfield Stadium
Live on Channel 10
Beitar and Maccabi is always a huge game no matter what league position or targets both teams have, it is always draws big interest and attendance. Tonight will be no different.
Maccabi Tel Aviv walk into this match with a series of 8 winless matches. Ton Caanen's 'Galacticos' trio will reunite tonight for the first time in ages. All 3 men (Berkovic, Rosso, Nimni) are clear and fit to play. Maccabi lost 2:0 in the derby last week and didn't look like much of a team there. What was supposed to become a spectacular season of celebrations for the 100th year of the club has become a pathetic joke everyone are sick of. Maccabi can still make Europe under certain conditions but it doesn't look like even they believe it.
Nimni. Will play against his old team tonight
Maccabi coach Ton Caanen is speculated not to continue next year, eventhough he is yet to be officially told that (on the other hand the promise to inform him until March 1st wasn't fullfiled either). Caanen with his known style declined the pregame talks about his rivalry with Fernandez by saying it is two teams against eachother and not Caanen who will play versus Fernandez. Caanen coached Beitar successfuly for 7 rounds until clashes between him and Fernandez (who started as general manager) and his medical/training staff came to a dead end.
Caanen as manager of Beitar
Strauber; Shpongin, Baqiri, Gonzalez, Abu Siam; Mishaelof, Berkovic, Nimni, Mesika (Rosso), Demetradze, Ofir Haim
'You're only as good as your last game' says the old cliche and how true it is for Luis Fernandez. Just two weeks ago he threatnened to quit the club after a row with the fans during the loss to Kfar Saba. A week later, a convincing 3:0 win and everything looks peaceful and calm at Bait VeGan now....
Beitar's head is deep in next year's preparations, although he hasn't said it officially yet everyone knows Fernandez will stay. The chairman is making the arrangements for training camps per his request, as well as our head scout who is looking at players Fernandez is after.
Itzik Korenfine who was in doubt for the match due to injury is 100% match fit. Haliva and Barak Itzhaki are unfortunately out injured. But another player who has recovered from his injury is Gal Alberman. Beitar will also welcome the return of Tomer Ben Yosef whose 3 match ban has come to an end.
Back from injury. Alberman
A win tonight would put Beitar equal on points with Hapoel for second, but with inferior goal difference. A point only is needed in order to officially secure the UEFA Cup spot as mentioned in another thread.
Probable XI: Korenfine; Ziv, Mitreski, Ben Yosef, Amsalem; N'sumbo, Alberman (Bruchian), Leroy, Fernandes; Aganzo, Asulin (Ben Shoshan)