Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Dundalk look unstoppable at the moment. The Irish outfit are on a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Maccabi Tel Aviv and they did well to share the spoils with AZ Alkmaar in their Europa League opener. The Israeli team, on the other hand, dropped a three-goal advantage in the 4-3 loss to Zenit, but they have been impressive in the national championship of late. Maccabi scored 11 goals in previous three league fixtures and that is the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to put an end to Dundalk’s impressive unbeaten run. The Lilywhites were beaten by Hajduk Split in their last home game in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the cards. A man to watch in the away team will be Tal Ben Chaim, who has been scoring goals for fun this season.
Highlighted Player (Tal Ben Haim II):
Tal Ben Haim is an experienced football player who is a product of Maccabi Tel Aviv youth school. He made 85 league appearances for Maccabi at senior level and in 2004 he moved to England, signing a three-year contract with Bolton Wanderers.
Ben Haim scored one goal in 88 league games for the English outfit and in 2007 he moved to Chelsea. After making just 13 league appearances for the Blues in the 2007/2008 season, he moved to Manchester City in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £5 million.
He made his Man City debut (league) against in a 4-2 loss to Aston Villa on 17 August, 2008. During his spell at the “island” he played for the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham and QPR as well and in 2013 he moved to Belgium, signing a deal with Standard Liege. At the end of the 2013/2014 season The Israeli defender returned to England as he signed a deal with Charlton Athletic. Ben Haim re-joined his hometown club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.
Highlighted Team (Maccabi Tel Aviv):
Maccabi Tel Aviv are the oldest and probably the biggest clubs in Israel. The club was founded in 1906 and they have been playing an important role in the Israeli League ever since. In 2015 Maccabi won their 21st trophy in the national championship and the same season they clinched their 23rd Israeli Cup title.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Hapoel Tel-Aviv and they welcome their opponents at Netanya Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 13 610. The likes of Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa are considered Maccabi Tel Aviv’s bitter rivals as well. In 1969 the club won the AFC Champions League and they repeated the success two years later, beating Aliyat Al-Shorta in the final.
The likes of Jordi Cruyff, Paulo Sousa, Rade Prica, Moanes Dabour and Vincent Enyeama are the high-profile footballers who were part of the team in the past. The colour of Maccabi’s home kit is yellow and blue.