Following the victory in the State Cup, Maccabi returned to the league and looked impressive once again yesterday (Sunday). 

Patrick van Leeuwen’s charges beat Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-0 with a few interesting statistics emerging following the match at the Petah Tikva stadium.

The record at Petah Tikva

Last night was the 7th successive victory that Maccabi won at a Petah Tikva stadium whilst keeping a clean sheet. Victories over Petah Tikva (2), Hapoel Kfar Sava (2), Hapoel Ra’anana, Ironi Nes Ziona and Bnei Yehuda). 

This is an all time league record for any team at an away ground.

This record at the Petah Tikva stadium equalls Maccabi’s run of victories with a clean sheet at home (7 victories) – that was achieved twice: Bloomfield in February 1970 and Netanya in April 2017.

92% of this season’s goals were scored from inside the penalty area.

All three of the goals scored last night were scored from inside the penalty area. 

Maccabi scored 56 of the 61 goals scored this season (including penalties) from inside the area – 92% which is the highest percentage since the 2009/10 season.

The victory was Maccabi’s 9th win of the last 10 attempts on MD34 which makes that specific league round with the highest success rate of any other league round.

The historic record:  11 wins, 5 draws, 1 defeat and a 74.5% success rate.

On the other hand, Maccabi’s “Jinx round” is MD33 with a success rate of “only” 48.1% and a record of: 10 wins, 9 draws, and 8 defeats.

The youngsters debut

Etey Shechter last night his 20th goal for Maccabi in all competitions.

This was the third time the veteran forward scored in two successive matches.