1 – Maccabi captain Sheran Yeini is the only remaining member of the team that last met Bnei Yehuda in the 31st round of the Premier ("Winner") League in the 2008/9 season. It ended in a Maccabi victory 2-1 courtesy of goals from midfielders Maor Buzaglo and Dan Roman. Maharan Radi, then with Bnei Yehuda, came on as a substitute.
3 – With three matches left to the end of the 1991/2 season, Maccabi assured themselves the championship with a 2-3 win over Bnei Yehuda.
4 – This Saturday's match will be the fourth consecutive time Maccabi Tel Aviv's game is chosen for broadcasting as match of the week. This is the longest run since the championship 2002/3 season, when the last five Maccabi matches were all on the telly.
6 – In the matches following the 43 victories in the Tel Aviv derby against Hapoel, Maccabi have lost only six times. 27 of those matches resulted in victories, 10 in draws.
12 – Twelve matches, 11 wins and 1 draw, have passed since Maccabi last lost at home, in the league's first round 0-1 to Bnei Yehuda. Maccabi's longest run without a loss at Bloomfield Stadium, 22, occurred between the 1994 and the 1997 seasons.
15 – As you may remember, many years have passed since Maccabi won after two come-from-behind victories (1998/99 – 3-2 against Maccabi Herzliya). Striker Ophir Haim put Tel Aviv ahead 1-0, Herzilya scored twice and Tel Aviv turned it around in the last ten minutes, courtesy of goals from strikers Avi Nimni and Andrzej Kubica. In Maccabi's last encounter with Bnei Yehuda, Maccabi lead 1-0, Bnei Yehuda took the lead 2-1 in the last minute of regular time and Maccabi made a spectacular comeback in injury time 2-3.
90 – is the number of goals Maccabi Tel Aviv have scored in extra time. The largest number of them were against Bnei Yehuda – 11, or 12% of the total. The last two were from midfielders Maharan Radi and Moshe Lugassi in the two clubs' last encounter.
118 – is the total number of league encounters between the two sides. Maccabi have won 53, Bnei Yehuda 36 and 29 draws. Goal difference is 173 to 130 in Maccabi's favour.
7600 – is the average number of spectators who have come to watch the 118 league matches between the two sides. That's 900,000 spectators in all. The record, 22,000, came in the 1992/3 season at the National Stadium in Ramat Gan, the match of the week after an encounter between Hapoel Petah Tikva and Hapoel Tel Aviv.
And one final anecdote: The first league meeting between the sides was played in the fourth round of the 1959/60 season. Maccabi came into the match on a run of three victories and lost to the Premier League newcomers 0-3.
Courtesy of Yaron Mishal