Maccabi meet Hapoel in a Haifan derby and everybody knows that it's tricky to bet on derbies. Maccabi are third in the table, having 3 points less than leaders Irony Kiryat Shmona, but also a game in hand. Maccabi have been very good away from home, but their home form is substandart (1-2-1). That's mainly because of the tough schedule - Maccabi met Hapoel Tel-Aviv (0:2), leaders Irony Shmona (1:1), Ashdod (1:1) and Beitar (3:3). Maccabi have a quality squad, with players like Dvalishvili, Katan, Ghadir, Golasa and Rafaelov are well-known in Israel.
Hapoel are the weaker Haifa team and they are in the lower end of the table currently. But so far Hapoel have achieved two big results at home - 1:0 win over Hapoel TA and 0:0 against Maccabi TA. Ben Basat and Stojanovic are responsible for scoring goals, but Hapoel need more contribution from the midfielders, as only Arel and Maman have scored this season.
It's going to be a passionate derby and the stadium will be boiling, but there is a class difference here, I believe. Maccabi are the reigning champions of Israel and the most natural thing is to win over their local rivals.
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