Youth league action returns on Saturday after a three-week layoff and the stakes couldn’t be higher with a clash against “Classico” rivals Maccabi Haifa in the tenth round of action to be hosted at Ness Ziona.

Four consecutive wins has Maccabi going into the match in buoyant mood and in third place in the standings six points off the pace, but it won’t be easy against league leaders Haifa, who have won eight and drawn once this season.

“Matches against Haifa are always interesting, this is the classic rivalry among the youth teams and over the years there has been healthy competition between the clubs through all age groups,” Ben Aharon told us.

“Haifa started the league well and we didn’t, though we have improved more recently and we are in the ascendency,” he added.

Ben Aharon said that victory was definitely the aim on Saturday and he was confident in achieving it.

“We want to inflict a first defeat of the season on Maccabi Haifa and close the gap to three points, we believe in our ability and get the win,” Ben Aharon said.

Preparations for the game have been like against any other team and Haifa’s weak points are going to be the key to get the win, although with so much of the season still ahead, nothing is concluded at this early stage, said the coach.