Maccabi begin the second league round with a home match against Bnei Sakhnin. Since the 2012/13 season and under the current league format, Maccabi’s record in the second league round opener is 6 victories, 2 draws and a solitary defeat.
Next week’s opponents Maccabi Petah Tikva is the team Maccabi faced more than any other team in the first match of the second round – 9 times.
A 13-0 win over Maccabi Rishon Lezion opened the second league round of the 1949/50 season and is both Maccabi’s and Israel’s all-time highest ever league win.
In 33 seasons throughout history, Maccabi second round was better than the first.
Last season (2020/21) is ranked in Maccabi’s history in the top four seasons in terms of an improvement from the first to the second round. (1962/63, 1966/68 and 1974/75).
In 31 seasons Maccabi collected more points in the first round, while in 5 seasons they collected the same number of points in the second d round.
Throughout history, Maccabi reached a 58.1% success rate in the first league rounds and a 59.6% in the second.
Maccabi met Sakhnin in the league 45 times and recorded 31 victories, 9 draws and 5 defeats with a total goal tally of 92-32.
Maccabi has a 75.6% success rate against Bnei Sakhnin – the highest ratio of the 21 opponents Maccabi played against in 25 league matches or more.
The home record Maccabi has when hosting Sakhnin in the league is 18 victories, 3 draws and a solitary defeat with a record 86.4% success rate (from a minimum of 20 home matches).
A run which currently stands on 15 successive victories at home over Bnei Sakhnin is the highest all-time Israeli league record.