Maccabi and Hapoel Tel Aviv on Friday both drew superior opponents as their second round opponents in the UEFA Cup.
Hapoel will host London glamour club Chelsea in the first leg at Bloomfield, while Maccabi will travel to the Netherlands for the first leg of their clash against Roda JC Kerkrade before playing host to them, probably at the National Stadium.
Both teams should see a healthy profit from gate receipts of their home legs, although there is doubt over their chances of advancing further in the competition, particularly Hapoel's.
Maccabi will play at Roda on October 16, while Hapoel will host Chelsea two days later. The second legs are set for November 1.
Roda had past success against an Israeli club when they trounced Hapoel Be'er Sheva 14-1 on aggregate (including a 10-1 drubbing at home in the same competition in 1994.
As with Austria's visit to Israel for a World Cup qualifying match on October 7, security will be one of the issues. Chelsea managing director Colin Hutchinson said the club planned to visit Tel Aviv on Tuesday and Wednesday to make security arrangements.
"That is no different from a visit to any other club. We're going to take an observer from the FA and a local police commander and we will talk about all aspects of the match including security.
"Certainly the Israeli club is no more concerned than normal, but we will talk to the Foreign Office if we need to. However, let's take it one step at a time."
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