The upcoming meeting between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Kfar Sava will mark the 100th time the two clubs have met and it comes at the very end of the second decade of the 21st century.
There have been 86 league meetings, seven State Cup ties and six Toto Cup meetings between the two clubs. In the league, Maccabi have won 42 times, 28 clashes have ended in draws, and Kfar Sava have won on 16 occasions. The goal difference ratio is exactly two-to-one in favour of Maccabi, 140-70.
In 44 home fixtures, Maccabi have won on 24 occasions, 13 matches have been drawn and Kfar Sava have won seven times. The goal difference is 80-35.
Maccabi’s biggest margin of victory, 5-0, has been achieved three times, twice in 1998-99 and in 2015-16.
Avi Nimni, Eli Driks and Benny Tabak are the most prolific scorers against Maccabi, with eight goals each. Two players have scored hat-tricks against Kfar Sava, Benny Tabak in 1988-89 and Andrej Koubica in 1998-99.
Kfar Sava’s current coach, Ophir Haim, is a product of Maccabi’s youth department and played for the full team 91 times in two stints between 1998-99 and 2005-06, scoring 11 goals.
Over the years, 20 players have turned out for both clubs, including one foreign player, Jose Duarte.
This clash will be the last of 2019 for Maccabi and records since 2008-09 show a perfect that every year-end clash has ended in a win.