Ironi Kiryat Shmona hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Municipal stadium on Saturday (17:30) on MD8.

Maccabi arrive at this game on the back of Monday’s defeat to Ashdod which led to Patrick van Leeuwen ending his role as coach. Barak Itzhaki, Head of the club’s Football Department will guide the team as interim coach.

With seven points from the opening seven matches, Maccabi are currently ranked 12th in the table, while Kiryat Shmona has one point more at 8th.

Last week’s 3-0 victory over Bnei Sachnin was the second league win for Amir Nusbaum’s side that will face Maccabi for the first time this season.

Last season Maccabi couldn’t beat Kiryat Shmona in the playoffs having lost away and held to a draw at Bloomfield.

On the other hand, Maccabi has an 11 match long run of victories over Kiryat Shmona in the regular season. In 18 league matches away to Kiryat Shmona, Maccabi won 7 drawn 4 and lost 7 with a goal difference of 21-25 in Kiryat Shmona’s favor.