The 25-year-old forward who scored his debut league goal against Maccabi Petah Tikva last week, said: “Obviously this is not just another game. It’s a match of the season and everyone knows the importance and arrive prepared accordingly. We are all excited and know how important this match is for both clubs”.

On the match-up against the in-form Haifaites, Hozez added: “There is no doubt they are in good form and playing well, but I think at matches like these all these things are neutralised. Both teams arrive more or less on level terms. I don’t think it will make us feel any less than them. We know what we are worth and what are our targets, we will arrive at this game to play like a big team”