Combat of Leaders

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The main event of ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Football Championship MD 20 will be the match of the leaders – Rostov and PFC CSKA, which will be held in the city on the Don riverbanks. The result of this game can prove the capabilities of Kurban Berdyev team in the current season. It is evident that PFC CSKA is the favourite in the competition for the title, but the club from Rostov for sure will try to show the best possible performance in front of their own spectators. Besides, Rostov often beats favourites in home matches.

The remaining matches of the MD should be tough. Because the tournament table shows that both the top eight teams and the bottom eight teams cannot afford to lose points. Both groups desperately need points. And that means that the teams will be competing tough. Especially in the matches between direct competitors.

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Kuban Krylia Sovetov     

11.03.2016 19:00, Kuban


Referee: Sergey Karasev (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 10 matches, 48 yellow cards – 6 red cards – 6 penalties awarded

Suspended: Xandao (4 yellow cards) – none

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +4=5-6 (18:17)

In the first round: 0:3

This game is a match of principle for both teams. The team from Krasnodar is still on the 15th line of the tournament table, but the team from Samara is on the safe 12th position.  But the distance between Kuban and Krylia Sovetov is only 4 points.

It is interesting to know that the club from Krasnodar plays better at home, and Krylia Sovetov – away. This fact adds intrigue to the match.

Both teams lost in the previous MD matches. Kuban lost in Kazan and the club from Samara lost to Rostov at the reserve stadium in Saransk.

We would like to remind you that in the Russian Championships Krylia Sovetov has never beaten Kuban in Krasnodar. Three of seven matches brought win to Krasnodar team, and four more ended in a draw.

Ural Anji      

12.03.2016 14:30, SKB-Bank Arena


Referee: Igor Fedotov (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 9 matches – 39 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - Boli (4 yellow cards)

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +2=1-0 (4:2)

In the first round: 1:1

The club from Ekaterinburg has unique indexes in the current season – the team has 17-17  goal difference at home and 12-12 goal difference away. In away matches the club from the Urals has a little bit more success so far – 15 points again 12.

Ural was not able to beat Dynamo at home in the previous MD game, but it showed quite an interesting football. So in the match against the team from Makhachkala the Humble-bees will try to get three points and get close to Spartak, which has only three points more. So it would be a success for Ural to get to the top eight team as the result of this MD.

Anji has much more serious tasks. The team struggles to survive. So the club from Makhachkala will try to gain points. It can have the decisive meaning at the end of the season. So far Anji occupies the 14th position, being ahead of Kuban and Mordovia only according to additional indexes. All these teams have got 15 points. They are 4 points behind safe 12th position.


Spartak Amkar      

12.03.2016 17:00, Otkrytie Arena


Referee: Alexander Egorov (Saransk). In season 2015-2016 – 6 matches – 26 yellow cards – 2 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +13=7-3 (45:20)

In the first round: 3:1

Spartak Moscow after losing to PFC CSKA in the previous MD moved down to the 7th position of the tournament table. Only three points are between the team of Dmitry Alenichev and the 8th position.

It is interesting, but Spartak is not very successful at home in the current season – 4 wins, two draws and four defeats. But the most popular score in the winning matches - 1:0.

According to the confession of Moscow team coach, he learned his lessons from failure in the match against PFC CSKA. So we should expect changes in the squad. However, the coaches does not have a large selection, there are not so many experienced players left in the club.

Spartak intends to compete for the high positions, so the team is aimed to win.

Amkar played two matches after the winter break. The team is evidently in the good condition and is not going to be easy for Spartak. However they have some certain problems with the squad, but Amkar got noticeably stronger in winter.


Rostov PFC CSKA      

12.03.2016 19:30, Olymp-2


Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (St.Petersburg). In season 2015-2016 – 13 matches – 60 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 6 penalties awarded

Suspended:Kudryashov (4 yellow cards) - none

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +10=8-25 (34:77)

In the first round: 1:2

The match in Rostov-on-Don will be the central game of MD 20, even though only six months ago it was impossible to imagine such situation. However, Rostov regularly proves itself to those who skeptically do not believe that the team of Kurban Berdyev will keep its position up for a long time.

Rostov is leading in conceded goals, that means that the team of Kurban Berdyev has the most reliable defense in the Premier League.

It is worth to mention that over the recent time Rostov is very successful in matches against PFC CSKA. The club from Moscow has not been able to win on the Don riverbanks since 2006. Moreover, over seven latest away matches the Army team managed to score to the home team only three times.

PFC CSKA can extend the gap from its purchasers in case of winning. Leonid Slutskiy does not have any serious problems with the squad, and due to the successful selection in winter, Slutskiy has even more scorers. Besides, Shirokov has already got his position in the starting squad of the Army team. So Leonid Slutskiy should not have any serious problem with selection of players.


Mordovia Krasnodar     

13.03.2016 14:30, Start


Referee: Alexey Eskov (Moscow). In season 2015-2016  - 7 matches, 29 yellow cards – 2 penalties awarded

Suspended: none – none

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +1=2-2 (3:11)

In the first round: 0:0

Mordovia lost win at the last minutes of the game in the previous MD and lost the two points of essential importance. So the team of Andrey Gordeev needs to struggle for dear life in every MD, because many specialists assessed this club as the main candidate for relegation from the Premier League. But Mordovia will reply to such forecasts with its game.

For the club from Saransk it is possible to mention that during its participation in the Premier League in home matches they beat Krasnodar twice and made a draw once.

Krasnodar had an intensive preparation for the season due to participation in UEFA Europa League and this fact can affect it negatively to some extend. So far the team of Oleg Kononov looks very much like the same team last year. Spectators have to believe that soon exciting and efficient performance will return to their team.

Lokomotiv Ufa      

13.03.2016 17:00, Lokomotiv


Referee: Kirill Levnikov (St.Petersburg). In season 2015-2016 – 9 matches – 34 yellow cards – 5 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +1=1-1 (3:1)

In the first round: 3:0

Lokomotiv Moscow after failure in Grozny will try to prove itself in the right in the home match against Ufa. The team of Igor Cherevchenko cannot win over four matchdays in a row, besides the team has certain problems with the squad. Maicon is injured, Henty, who substituted Niasse who has left for England,  is not cooperating with his team mates very well so far. So Miranchuk leads the attacks in the game.

But in spite of all these facts Lokomotiv is the favourite in this match. The team of Igor Cherevchenko desperately needs to win.

Ufa also cannot boast with successful game in the latest matchdays. They have 4 draws in a raw. The team from Bashkortostan occupies the 13th position of the tournament table, and is only two points ahead of Anji, Kuban and Mordovia, and two points behind Krylia Sovetov, which is on the safe 12th position now. So the spring will be very hot for Ufa, which is dangerously close to the relegation zone.


Zenit Rubin      

13.03.2016 19:30, SK Petrovskiy


Referee: Vladimir Moskalev (Voronezh). In season 2015-2016 – 12 matches – 49 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none – Georgiev (CDC, 2 matches left)

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +11=8-8 (42:37)

In the first round: 3:1

Zenit finished its participation in UEFA Champions League, by losing to Benfica after the result of the two matches. And now it can concentrate on solving the problems in ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Football Championship. And they have enough problems here. Over the recent six matches the team of Andre Villas-Boas won only once, made three draws and lost twice.

As the result – they are 9 points behind the leader, which is quite dangerous. They are 6 points behind Rostov, but as for Lokomotiv, which occupies the third position, they are only one point behind it.

Villas-Boas has certain problems with his squad. So far Smolnikov and Shatov are not able to play the whole match, Garay has some problems with his heald. Hulk and Dzyuba has not shown the same performance in the attack as they did in the spring part of the competition.

Rubin, on the contrary, got stability over the recent matchdays. Over the same six matches as Zenit, the team of Valery Chalyi won four times, made one draw, and lost once. The new players of the team produce very good impression – Bergström, Pilyavskiy and Caktaš. The match against Zenit will be a kind of challenge and test for Rubin’s capabilities.

Dynamo Terek      

14.03.2016 19:00, Arena Khimki


Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (St.Petersburg). In season 2015-2016 – 9 matches – 32 yellow cards – 1 red cards – 1 penalty awarded

Suspended: none - none

Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +7=5-5 (21:13)

In the first round: 1:1

After 19 matches played Dynamo found itself only six points away from the direct relegation zone. This situation is a horrible for the club with glorious history. But they should not recollect the ex-glory now, the team has a very difficult spring ahead. The noticeably renovated squad does not have ideal understanding so far,  but sometimes Dynamo players show very picturesque football. Eschenko, Beciraj and Dragun seem to be quite useful here.

Winless run of Dynamo is 4 matches for the moment, and over the recent nine matches Dynamo conceded at least one goal.

For the moment Terek has got only two failures, this is the best result. It proves again an unyielding character of Rashid Rakhimov players. They will hardly want to change this tradition at Arena Khimki, besides the club from Grozny has very good chances to compete for slots in European Cups zone.


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