To date there have been 40 league matches between Maccabi and Sakhnin. The record: 28 Maccabi wins, 8 draws and 4 Sakhnin victories. The goal differential stands at 85:28 in favor of Maccabi.

I’m terms of Maccabi’s home refers the Yellow & Blue have won 16 contests, drawn 3 and lost only once. The goal differential is 50:14 for Maccabi.

Are you impressed with those stats? Certainly. Maccabi has a 85% success rate which is the highest of the 18 different clubs that the Yellow & Blue have hosted and have played at least 20 home matches!

In addition, Maccabi has won the last 13 home contests against Sakhnin and one more victory will set an all-time league record. To date Maccabi’s 13 match winning streak against Sakhnin and Maccabi Haifa’s streak against Hapoel Petah Tikva which was set at the beginning of the 2000’s share the league record.

The biggest win over Sakhnin: 4:0 twice. Both matches were at home in 2010/11 and 2012/13.

Eran Zahavi holds the goal scoring record against Sakhnin with 12. Eliran Atar has Vidar Kjartansson are in second with 6 goals a piece.

Kjartansson scored the last 5 Maccabi goals against Sakhnin, which is the longest streak against one team other than Avi Nimni’s 7 straight goals versus Hapoel Petah Tikva.

There have been 143 Maccabi players who appeared in 40 league matches against Sakhnin. 52 of them have a 100% success rate. Among the 52 players with a 100% success rate, Eliran Atar has played the most matches with 8.

Khalid Khalila has accumulated 9 red cards over the course of his career. Three have been against Maccabi while the other 6 were against six other clubs. Only Yossi Bellas (played in the Maccabi youth system, Holon, Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel Tel Aviv) has been issued more red cards against Maccabi with 4.

Over the last four seasons 2014/15-2017/18 Maccabi has been in either 2nd or 3rd place on Matchday 9 (the current Matchday). In the first 4 years of the decade 2010/11-2013/14 Maccabi led the league by the end of Matchday 9. Where will Maccabi be this time around? The answers await Saturday night.