Maccabi Netanya FC vs Maccabi Haifa FC
Stadium: Netanya Stadium
The fifth round of matches in the Israel Premier League is set to kick off this Sunday, and Maccabi Haifa, the defending champions, is determined to overcome their recent struggles as they face Maccabi Netanya. Both teams have encountered challenges this season, but we anticipate a strong performance from Netanya, potentially leading to a victory in this encounter. Nevertheless, Maccabi Haifa is eager to make a comeback and demonstrate their championship-worthy prowess in this matchup. Please find below some carefully crafted tips for your consideration.
Maccabi Netanya FC (7th)
Netanya is certainly exceeding expectations as they maintain a strong presence in the new season. In their four games played so far, they have notched a victory, two draws, and a single loss, scoring a total of six goals while conceding five. Their most recent league match against Hapoel Jerusalem saw them pegged back in the last minute, conceding a late equalizer that resulted in a 1-1 draw. As they prepare to take on Maccabi Haifa this Sunday, Netanya is determined to return to their winning form and secure a positive outcome.
Maccabi Haifa FC (Reigning Champions)
Maccabi Haifa kicked off the new season on a high note with an impressive 1-2 victory against Hapoel Jerusalem in their inaugural league fixture. However, their subsequent results haven't been as favorable. In their most recent league outing, they played to a 1-1 draw against Bnei Sakhnin, with both teams sharing the points. The defending champions find themselves in need of a turnaround as they've had a lackluster start to the season. The upcoming match against Maccabi Netanya represents another opportunity for them to redeem themselves. Their European journey also began on a challenging note with a 3-0 defeat against Rennes.
As they gear up to face Maccabi Netanya this Sunday, Maccabi Haifa is determined to recapture their winning momentum and return to a positive trajectory in both domestic and European competitions. Their overall league statistics are a victory, a draw, and a loss from the three games played.
A critical analysis of the last 12 games between them produced 8 wins for Haifa, 2 wins for Netanya, and 2 draws.
Expert Betting Tips
While Maccabi Haifa is the favorite in this matchup, their recent form has raised some doubts, and Maccabi Netanya is expected to put up a strong fight. In terms of betting options, we are inclined towards goals, especially considering that 7 of their last 8 encounters have featured over 2.5 goals. We anticipate this trend to continue on Sunday, making the Total Over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.74 a favorable choice. Furthermore, both teams have been scoring in their recent meetings, with the last 4 encounters seeing goals from both sides, so opting for Both Teams To Score (BTTS) at odds of 1.66 is also appealing.
It's also worth noting that we should expect at least 2 goals from Haifa in this game, which can be backed with odds of 1.80. Finally, if you believe in Haifa's ability to secure a victory despite their recent form, you can consider betting on Haifa to win at odds of 1.81.