From Glazer's goals to Zahavi's assists. Ten things you should know about the matches between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Ramat Gan
0 – That's the number of points Hapoel Ramat Gan have earned in the last five matches with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Their last point came in the 1989/90 season after a 0-0 draw. To find a Ramat Gan victory you have to go all the way back to the 1982/83 season.
2 – Maccabi Tel Aviv have twice registered their largest margin of victory over Ramat Gan: In the 1954/55 season 6-0 with four goals from Shaya Glazer and one each from Shmuel Yisraeli and David Dovrin, and three years earlier in 1951/52, when Glazer again scored four but this time with help from Yosef Marimovitch and Tsvika Studinsky.
3 – Three of the four goals Glazer scored against Hapoel Ramat Gan in the 1954/55 season came before the half hour mark, the fastest hat-trick ever scored by a Maccabi Tel Aviv player in league history.
3 – When still playing in the red jersey of Hapoel Tel Aviv, Eran Zahavi had three assists in one match against Hapoel Ramat Gan in the 2010/11 season. Zahavi is only one of three players in the last three seasons with three assists in one match.
6 – All six matches between the two clubs have been played in the National Stadium in Ramat Gan: Two hosted by Maccabi in the league, two in the National Cup and two in the Toto cup. The balance is 5-1 in Maccabi's favour, the only loss being 1-0 in the semi-final of the National Cup in 2003.
10 – Hapoel Ramat Gan midfielder Michael Zendberg has faced Maccabi Tel Aviv ten times since the 2006/07 season. Appearing for Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Petah Tikva he never lost, scoring two goals and two assists.
23 – Shaya Glazer scored 23 goals in the first 21 rounds of the 1954/55 season, 19 for Rafi Levi in the same period five years later. On the eve of the 21st round this season Eliran Atar stands at 18 league goals.
41 – The two clubs have met 41 times in the league, 25 wins for Maccabi, six for Ramat Gan and ten draws. Goal difference is 82 to 30 in Maccabi's favour.
50 – If Eliran Atar scores in this match, it will be his 50th league goal in a yellow jersey. He's placed 16 among Maccabi Tel Aviv's all-time scorers.
Let's finish off with one anecdote. In the 2009/10 season Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Maccabi Netanya 3-1 in the eighth round of the National Cup. The following Saturday they also faced Hapoel Ramat Gan, winning 4-1.
stats courtesy of Yaron Mishal