The Israeli Premier League remains one of the most lucrative markets for punters, especially the goals section.
Maccabi Haifa are gunning for a third straight championship this season. They lead their closest rivals, Maccabi Tel Aviv, with eight points. In effect, even past the regular season, the championship round will go down to the wire.
While Hapoel Beer-Sheva and Hapoel Jerusalem look almost certain to make the top four, only six points separate the fifth-placed team and the bottom side, Maccabi Bnei Reineh. In other words, the last two places will be fiercely fought for, as will the battle for survival.
With eight matches still to play in this round, a lot might yet change on the log. However, some patterns seem almost certain to unfold. To help punters make smart decisions in the Israeli Premier League, here are four bet options:
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Maccabi Tel-Aviv finished third last season, but will look to push their rivals all the way this term. If anything, they seemed to lose just more than the statutory number of matches to have a fighting chance in the 2021/22 campaign.
But this season, while The Yellows have lost just twice, they have drawn four times, one behind what they achieved in the regular season last time out.
Aitor Karanka’s team has also benefitted from their lack of continental commitment. They lost in the Europa League playoffs to Nice. Now, in terms of sheer numbers, Tel-Aviv lead the chart. They have the best records in offense and defense.
Eran Zahavi, who joined last summer from PSV, has contributed 10 goals in 16 matches, two behind Dorde Jovanovic. The Spanish manager, who has largely coached in the Premier League, combines pragmatism with aesthetics. Yet, he tends to commit numbers in attack. Since taking over from Vladimir Ivic at the start of the year, his team has scored five goals in two matches.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv have recorded 11 over 2.5 matches this season, including their last two. This is therefore a reliable bet option for smart punters.
Goal/Goal In Matches Involving Beitar Jerusalem
After ending last season in fourth place in the relegation rounds, Beitar Jerusalem have made considerable improvement this season.
Still early days, perhaps, but The Menorah look primed for a top-six finish. Yet, one of the team’s Achilles’ heel has been the defense, where they have conceded more goals than every other side in the Israeli Premier League.
Yossi Abukasis appears to be a high risk, high reward coach. They are mostly required to outscore their opponents to be able to win matches. Ion Nicolaescu and Danilo Asprilla have combined for 21 goals for the side. However, Beitar have a knack for conceding crucial late goals.
Max Grechkin and Uri Dahan have struggled to keep clean sheets this season, managing just four so far.
Beitar Jerusalem have accrued 11 goal/goal results, including their last five matches. It is fair to expect this trend to continue all season.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Ashdod
After winning only eight matches in the regular season last term, Ashdod have won seven of its last 18 matches. This accounts for why they sit in fifth place.
Ran Ben Shimmon has made changes to the team that was one of the poorest defensive teams last season. Still, scoring remains one of their problems, which is why Ben Shimmon’s son, Roey, has been drafted into the team. The 21-year-old, in fact, scored on his debut.
The former Israeli player has built a resilient team that is able to find the net without exactly playing well. And now, with their ability to shut teams out, they are able to win matches.
Ashdod have played out 14 over 1.5 matches this season. This is therefore a brilliant option for every smart punter with eyes on the Israeli Premier League.
Maccabi Haifa To Win At Home
Maccabi Haifa will hope to continue their exciting run in the Premier League this season. Indeed, everything points to a successful defence of the title.
There is, in truth, the disappointment of the Champions League, where they finished last behind Benfica, PSG, and Juventus. Yet they can be proud of their performance, especially against the Old Lady. Moreso, overcoming Red Star Belgrade in the final qualifying stage was a big feat.
Now, they will focus on retaining their title, especially if you consider that their shallow squad has cost them at times.
Barak Bakhar’s men have been outstanding at the Sammy Ofer Stadium. They have won every match played on home soil. Omer Atzili continues to plunder the goals; the Israeli player already has 12 for the season.
As long as the Greens retain their objective of winning the title, winning every game seems like a sensible prediction.