Maccabi Tel Aviv will attempt to continue their fine play of late as they head down to Ashkelon for a crucial Matchday 25 Ligat Ha’Al contest. After Beer Sheva’s dramatic victory last night at Ashdod, the Yellow & Blue will try to reduce the gap to 3-points atop the table as there will be just one more match before the Club heads into the Championship Playoffs.

“There are no easy games”, warns Head Coach Lito Vidigal prior to the match down south. “Every one of our opponents will work hard against us and they all have quality. We have to be focused in order for us to win the game. We prepared and worked very hard in order to win our next match. We will have to fight and battle to win. We’re only thinking about how we will come home with 3 points.”

About Maccabi playing after Beer Sheva this week:

“There’s no difference. We have to focus on our game and not worry about the other clubs. We respect our opponent, but we have to work hard for us to win the next match. We have to do everything in our power to be ready for the match and win.”

Last match between the two teams:

Maccabi must be focused on the match against Ashkelon and can’t take them lightly for a number of reasons. Last time the two sides met the match ended in a goalless draw at the Netanya Stadium during the first round of games. In addition, the last two times the Yellow & Blue visited the Sela Stadium they defeated Ashkelon 4:2 in 2011 but fell 1:0 in 1997.


For the first time this season, Maccabi will be without right back Eli Dasa, who will not be able to play due to yellow card accumulation (5 yellow cards). Eyal Golasa will also be out due to injury. Ashkelon will be coming into the contest following six games without a win as Yuval Naim’s squad will be without Mirko Ormush, Tal Mahlouf and Amir Ben Shimon.