The Time of Crucial Battles

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Matches of ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Football Championship MD 22 will be held on 2-4 April. With each MD the competition is becoming more and more tough.

The main event of the MD will be the game in St.Petersburg, where Zenit will be hosting the leader PFC CSKA. The win in this game will definitely increase chances in the competition for the champion’s title for the home team, as Zenit is below the level of the top three team and is 6 points behind the Army team.

This match has a very serious meaning for PFC CSKA. Any loss of points can cost quite dearly for the team of Leonid Slutskiy, as its pursuers will also do their best to perform with as much success as possible.

An interesting match will take place in Rostov-on-Don, where the local team will be hosting Spartak. The favourite of this game is Rostov, as the team from Moscow can lose Ze Luis and the team leader Promes due to their injuries.

Besides, Lokomotiv and Krasnodar also play very important games.

The bottom part of the table will also have quite a tense competition. The battle for survival promise to be quite tough, and evidently the losers will be determined only on the last MD.

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Ural — Ufa     

02.04.2016 12:00, SKB-Bank Arena, Ekaterinburg

Referee: Sergey Karasev (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 11 matches – 54 yellow cards – 6 red cards – 7 penalties awarded

Suspended: Kulakov (4 yellow cards) – none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +2=1-0 (3-1)

In the first round: 1:0

The MD 22 programme will be kicked-off with the match of Ural and Ufa in Ekaterinburg. The teams are having different aims set for the current season – the home team expects to finish among the top eight teams, and the visiting team has much more simple aim – to avoid direct relegation and play-off matches if possible.

Ural has five-match defeatless run. And as for the team of  Vadim Skripchenko, it has never lost to Ufa in the Premier League.

Ufa has not had any wins for six matches. They managed to gain 4 points over this period, but so far they are unable to reach Krylia Sovetov from Samara. The main problem is that the players of Evgeny Perevertaylo were not able to score to their opponents. They have less and less time to change the situation.

Terek — Anji      

02.04.2016 14:30, Akhmat Arena, Groznyi

 Referee: Eskov Alexey (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 8 matches – 30 yellow cards – 1 red card – 2 penalties awarded

Suspended: Varken (4 yellow cards) – none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +3=2-4 (9-13)

In the first round: 2:0

Terek has excellent chances to compete for the slot in European Cups zone at the end of the season. It would be a great event for the region. So the team from Grozny has all reasons to finish the season successfully.

Terek remains the leader as for the number of defeats. The team of Rashid Rakhimov lost only twice! PFC CSKA, Rostov and Zenit have twice as much failures.

Terek, as well as Rostov, did not have any failures at its home stadium. The team from Grozny won 5 out of 10 matches, and the remaining 5 were played in a draw.

Every match is like the last one for Anji. The team is on the bottom position in the tournament table, but their distance from the other teams is not so big.

Anji is more successful in away matches than in home ones. 11 points out of 15 were gained in away matches, it can bring optimism to players and supporters.

Defenders Tagirbekov and Agalarov left the team this week. Head Coach of the team Ruslan Agalarov explained this step by current interest of the team.


Kuban — Amkar      

02.04.2016 17:00, Kuban, Krasnodar

Referees: Alexey Nikolaev (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 13 matches – 43 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +6=4-5 (18-16)

In the first round: 1:1

The wrap-up part of the season promises to become a tough one for Kuban. The team from Krasnodar needs to correct the situation and to avoid direct relegation or participation in play-offs. Difficult situation in the club adds trouble. Meeting of Krasnodar Region Administration and players and coaches of the team met on 31 March on the team base. Deputy Governor Andrey Korobka, FC Kuban Supervisor Board Membe Mikhail Astapov, and Director of Investment Department of Small and Medium Enterprises of Krasnodar Region Vasily Shvets took part in this event.

The meeting between the players, coaches and representatives of the Regional Administration replied to all questions, was held in a positive manner. The mutual understanding related to finance problems was reached. As for the results, February debt was paid, the decision was take to pay other debts over the following week.  

Amkar has much less problems comparing to this. The tournament positioning of Gadzhi Gadzhiev players brings much less trouble. The team is 5 points behind Krylia Sovetov which is on the 12th position. However Amkar plans to leave Krasnoar at least with one point gained.

Rostov — Spartak      

02.04.2016 19:30, Olymp-2 Rostov-on Don.

 Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (St.Petersburg). In season 2015-2016 – 10 matches – 35 yellow cards – 1 red card – 1 penalty awarded

Suspended: Kanga (4 yellow cards) - none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +7=8-28 (43-82)

In the first round: 0:1

Rostov - the main opening of the current season - is hosting Spartak-Moscow. This match can become one of the main decorations of the MD, as teams usually show great performance on the Don riverbanks. Besides, the full house is expected at this game.

Rostov has not had any defeats at home in the current season. The team of Kurban Berdyev had the advantage of clean sheets for four matches in a row. By the way, the goalkeeper of Rostov Dzhanaev has something to prove to his ex-team.

As for the rest, except Kanga suspension, Berdyev does not have any serious problem with his squad.

But  his opponent Dmitry Alenichev will be able to understand whether

Promes and Ze Luis were able to fully recover from their injuries in their respective national teams. Losing the Dutch will add problems for sure, as for Ze Luis, he has started to score regularly for his club.

 As for Spartak, the team of Alenichev plays better away than at home.


Mordovia — Krylia Sovetov      

03.04.2016 14:30, Spart, Saransk

Referee: Igor Fedotov (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 11 matches – 46 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none

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

In the first round: 0:1

From the viewpoint of the tournament competition the match in Saransk is also of the key importance. Because the teams which compete for keeping their place in the Premier League will meet on the pitch of well-known to both of them Start Stadium. Mordovia will be hosting Krylia Sovetov.

The hosts has got 9 points over the recent matches.  Besides, the team of Andrey Gordeev gives a good impression this spring. The lost win in Ufa at the last minutes of the game is still remembered often in Saransk, and Mordovia had all chances to win against Rubin.

So far the players of Gordeev needs only win. Then they will be able to even with Krylia Sovetov in gained points. However, they will not be able to get ahead of their competitors - according to the number of wins criteria the team from Samara is higher so far.

Krylia Sovetov has had serious problems over the recent matches. The club from Samara scored only two goals over 10 recent matches. And they scored to PFC CSKA. In total Krylia Sovetov gained only 4 points over 10 matches, and their defeat run is already 4 matches.

On the basis of all that it is easy to suppose that the end of the season will be very difficult for Samara club.



03.04.2016 17:00, Lokomotiv, Moscow

 Referee: Vitaly Meshkov (Dmitrov). In season 2015-2016 – 12 matches – 54 yellow cards – 1 red card – 5 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - Kuzmin (8 yellow caards)

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +8=11-8 (27-32)

In the first round: 1:3

Lokomotiv Moscow is hosting Rubin Kazan. These clubs has a rich history of matches and so far both teams has equal number of wins in the Russian Championships - 8 each.

The team of Igor Cherevchenko is so far on the third position in the tournament table and keeps chances to get higher on the season results. But they have not to lose points, as they have a big group of pursuers headed by Zenit.

Over the recent two matchdays Lokomotiv beat Ufa and KRasnodar. It is interesting to notice that the team of Cherevchenko in the current season has never won more than two matches in a row. Whether this tradition is kept or Lokomotiv is going to interrupt it will be known on Sunday.

Rubin does not deal with big aims for this season any more. The team is hardly to struggle for keeping their position in the Premier League, but they also unlikely to move up higher than the 9th position. So Rubin can deal with forming the team for the new season. And players will have to prove themselves in this case.


Zenit — PFC CSKA      

03.04.2016 19:30, Petrovskiy, St.Petersburg

 Referee: Alexander Egorov (Saransk). In season 2015-2016 – 7 matches – 31 yellow cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +14=12-15 (53-52)

In the first round: 2:2

The central match of the MD will take place in St.Petersburg, where Zenit will play against PFC CSKA. This match is important and of principle for both teams.

Zenit is six points behind the Army team and win will allow the players of Andre Villas-Boas to get closer to the opponent. Any other result for Zenit can signify the end of their race for the champions title.

From the viewpoint of the result, it will be enough for PFC CSKA to make a draw. But it will be difficult to get it. The team of Leonid Slutskiy had only one win over 10 matches between these teams and lost six times. Moreover, over the recent four away matches of the current season PFC CSKA has not reached a single win.

As for the squads, neither of the coaches should have any serious problems. Garay for sure will not be able to play for Zenit, he is recovering from an injury. Leonid Slutskiy should not have any special problems - all leaders are ready to play.


Dynamo — Krasnodar      

04.04.2016 19:30, Arena Khimki, Khimki

 Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Rostov-on-Don). In season 2015-2016 – 11 matches – 37 yellow cards – 1 red card – 1 penalty awarded

Suspended: Hubocan (4 yellow cards) - none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship top division: +3=3-3 (9-12)

In the first round: 0:4

The MD will be wrapped-up with the match in Khimki where Dynamo and Krasnodary will play. The club from Moscow managed to gain so badly needed points and get far from Krylia Sovetov. But over the remaining time Dynamo will have to prove with their performance that the current position of the team in the tournament table is only an occasion and not real situation.

Ilness of Denisov adds problems to the head coach, as well as injury of Kozlov who is one of the team leaders. Hubocan is suspended, and he is a player of the main squad as well.

Krasnodar competes for the top places and the team of Oleg Kononov needs to gain points. The club from Krasnodar has less problems - Kabore's suspension is over, all them leaders returned from their national teams without serious injuries.



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