Maccabi Haifa take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in the State Cup final on Tuesday, May 24th.
Maccabi Haifa have finished fourth in the league this season, gaining 53 points in 36 matches with 45-42 goal difference. The defeat in the last match of the season ended their eight-match unbeaten run in league matches. The team started their path from the round of 32, beating Beitar Jerusalem 2-1. It was followed by triumphs over Hapoel Haifa (1-0), Yeduha (2-2, 4-1) and Hapoel Beer Sheva (3-1). Five cup matches ended with four wins and one draw with 12-5 aggregate goal difference.
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Maccabi Tel Aviv have impressive results at the end of this season, recording 26 matches in a row without defeats. The last time the team lost in December, recording 18 wins and 8 draws since then. Despite such impressive results, the Cup finalists have finished only second in the league with 81 points and 76-24 goal difference, just two points behind Hapoel Beer Sheva. The team also have started their path with round of 32 win over Ramat Hashron (3-1) that was followed with triumphs over Hapoel Ironi Rishon (2-1), Hapoel Kfar-Saba (3-0, 2-0) and Sakhnin (3-2). All the five matches were won with 13-4 aggregate goal difference.
Maccabi Tel Aviv regularly beat their opponents from Maccabi Haifa as the last time the team from Haifa won back in 2012. 15 head-to-heads between the teams since than ended with 10 wins of Tel Aviv side and other five were draws. The opponents met four times this season. One matched ended with a scoreless draw and other three were wins od Maccabi Tel Aviv – 2-0, 2-1, 6-0. The recent thrashing defeat of Maccabi Haifa happened just few days ago on May 21st. The Tel Aviv side are in solid shape and they definitely can cover the failure in domestic league with a cup triumph.
Prediction for the match: Maccabi Tel Aviv to win.