On march 2017
Carlos Cuéllar´s Maccabi Petah Tikva begins, this Saturday, the playoff for the title of the Israeli Premier League. They will host Beitar Jerusalem (fourth on the table). Kick off at 20:30 (local time).
Once the regular stage is over, the competition system is as follows: the six first teams will play against each other in a home and away match. Maccabi Petah Tikva, therefore, will have to play ten games from now on to see what their final position will be for the 2016-17 season.
In playoff, teams don't start from scratch. They all start with the same points with which they end the regular stage (48 in the case of Cuéllar). This means that the advantage Maccabi have over the fourth qualified it's a very important issue to end up the playoff in third position. A prize that would let them play the Europa League (entering on the first previous leg).
This Saturday´s rival is precisely the one that holds the fourth position, eight adrift Maccabi Petah Tikva. A victory, therefore, would bring the European dream very close for Carlos team. It would be the best way to finish a spectacular campaign.