Pick of the day #4: FC Ashdod – Maccabi Haifa
At first glance this seems to be a game that could go either way. FC Ashdod have 26 points after 16 games and a good home record (5-0-2, 13-5 in goals). Maccabi Haifa only have 24 points so far and their away records read 2-4-2, 8-8. Thus, considering the seasonal stats alone there seems to be a slight home advantage here.
However, the difference in form is huge between the two sides. Maccabi Haifa, a giant in Israeli football, have nine consecutive games without a loss. Their last loss was in late October away to Hapoel Tel Aviv, currently second in the table. Ashdod, on the other hand, have three straight games without a win and only two wins in their last nine (at home to Hapoel Acre FC, currently next to bottom in the table, and away to Hapoel Ramat Gan, currently eleventh out of fourteen teams). To be fair six of these nine games have been away from home, and Ashdod have been much better at home than away.
Ashdod won away to Maccabi (0-1), but that was in the beginning of the season when Ashdod were brilliant and Maccabi awful and I don’t put too much emphasis on that result.
I simply cannot see Maccabi Haifa loosing here and suggest to bet on a Maccabi win or draw. Unfortunately the odds has gone down lately, but I still pick this to 1.43 at Pinnacle.
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Game: FC Ashdod – Maccabi Haifa
Bet: Maccabi Haifa win or draw
Odds: 1.43 (Pinnacle)
Wager: 3 units (scale 1-4)
Result: 1-4, +1.29 units
Units in total (2013): -0.9
Total wins-voids-losses (2013): 2-0-2