Balance of 0:15 and more than two years without a red goal in the derby

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Dan Einbinder and Eyal Golsa (Radad Jabara)

Dan Einbinder and Eyal Golsa (Radad Jabara)

Apart from the fascinating meetings for a place in the top playoffs, the last round of the regular season in the Premier League will bring with it a huge battle at Bloomfield Stadium in front of 5,000 spectators – when Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Tel Aviv tonight (Saturday, 21:00) for a particularly intriguing derby.

Ahead of the meeting where Patrick Van Leven and his players will try to secure the summit at the end of the regular season, while Nir Klinger and his team move away from the bottom, time to look at the data. The recent meetings between the teams of course show a clear superiority in yellow. In the last 5 games, the champion’s goal balance is 0:15 against Hapoel.

Van Leven speaks ahead of the derby

Maccabi Tel Aviv has a 76 percent success rate this season, scoring 1.88 goals per game, absorbing 0.80 and producing 13.84 scoring attempts per game. On the other hand, Hapoel with 34.6 percent success, averages 0.64% per game and absorbs 1.08 per game while producing 9.80 valley attempts. The champion has scored 11 goals in the last four league games and its players reach an average of 6.46 dangerous situations per game – the highest amount in the league. In addition, Maccabi scored five goals from outside the box this season, with only Hapoel B’Shlosha scoring more (7). Also, Van Leven’s players are averaging 11.5 balls per game on the offensive half – the most in this category. 15 of Maccabi’s goals came in the last quarter of an hour, with the Yellows also leading among the league teams during this period.

On the other hand, 59% of Hapoel Tel Aviv’s tackles this season are successful – only Maccabi Tel Aviv has a higher success rate (60%). Hapoel is the only team in the league that has not yet scored a goal as a result of an explosive attack and has conceded 12 goals from passing attacks – with only Bnei Sakhnin conceding more (14). Hapoel’s last victory over Maccabi in the derby was on April 26, 2014 with 1: 3.

Lidor Cohen celebrates with Hapoel Tel Aviv players (Shahar Gross)Lidor Cohen celebrates with Hapoel Tel Aviv players (Shachar Gross)

Maccabi Tel Aviv has completed 10 consecutive league victories, with this being the longest streak in the Premier League since Hapoel B’Shlosha in the 2016/17 season and Maccabi’s longest since the 93/94 season. The last goal of Hapoel Tel Aviv against Maccabi came in January 2019 from a goal by Emanuel Boateng who made it 1: 1 in the 88th minute.