Time of Decisive Battles

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Matches of ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Football Championship MD 26 will be held in the period between 28 April and 1 May. The early kick-off of the MD is related to the participation of PFC CSKA and Zenit in the Cup of Russia final match, which will take place in Kazan on 2 May.

The teams have only five matches each left in the tournament, and for many of them this part has the key meaning. In the fight for the title Rostov and PFC CSKA managed to get some distance from their competitors and a tough struggle is behind them – three teams have the same criteria in points and wins. Lokomotiv has an advantage in the matches between the teams in question so it is the third one. Krasnodar is ahead of Zenit according to additional criteria. And all these teams keep their chances not only to the Championship medal, but can compete for the gold medals.

Real heat is in the bottom of the tournament table. Mordovia and Anji are one step from the safe 14th position, which, however, does not solve all problems. But at this stage play-off matches are favourable result for both teams. Ufa and Dynamo cannot feel safe, Amkar and Krylia Sovetov have not guaranteed for themselves problem avoidance. So all matches of the MD promise to be interesting.

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28.04.2016, 17:00, SKB-BANK ARENA


Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (St.Petersburg). In season 2015-2016 – 12 matches, 41 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 1 penalty awarded

Suspended: none – none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +3=3-9 (17:24)

In the first round: 2:3

The MD programme will be kicked-off with the match in Ekaterinburg. Unyielding Ural will be hosting PFC CSKA, which desperately needs to win, because the Champions title is at stake any failure can cost dearly.

The Army team left for the match without injured Fernandes and Schennikov, as well as Golovin, who got some rest.

Ural does not have serous losses with the squad, the team is planning to interrupt their not very successful run. Over the latest three matches the team from Ufa gained only one point.



28.04.2016, 19:30,  PETROVSKIY


Referee: Alexey Nikolaev (Moscow).  In season 2015-2016 – 16 matches – 54 yellow cards – 2 red card – 4 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - Belenov

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +10=9-0 (29:14)

In the first round: 2:2

After the failure in the previous MD match Zenit complicated for itself not only the competition for the title, but also for the place in UEFA Champions League zone. So now the players of Andre Villas-Boas does not have the right to make mistakes. Danny who is away for a long period cannot help his team, this loss affected the game in Rostov-on-Don a lot.

Kuban also has serious changes since the previous match. Head  Coach Sergey Tashuev retired, and Arsen Papikyan has been appointed as the Acting Head Coach.

Suspended Belenov will not be able to play in this match. Absence of the main goalkeeper can become a serious problem.



29.04.2016, 19:00, ARENA KHIMKI


Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (Nizhny Novgorod). In season 2015-2016 – 15 matches – 56 yellow cards – 3 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: Eschenko - Belorukov

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +9=8-6 (31:24)

In the first round: 1:1

Dynamo Administration took a decision about free entrance to the stadium for spectators whose support is so necessary for the team now. The team of Andrey Kobelev is dangerously close to the promotion-relegation matches zone. Any failure can cost too much for Dynamo.

Suspended Eschenko will not be able to help his team, Hubočan also had health problems. Anyway Samba returned to the squad.

Long time leader of the team Peev has left the team. He confessed that he had a conflict with Head Coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev. However, the club from Perm has reserve to substitute the Bulgarian player.


30.04.2016, 19:30, LOKOMOTIV


Referee: Igor Fedotov (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 13 matches – 48 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - Bocchetti

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +17=11-21 (56:77)

In the first round: 2:1

Lokomotiv and Spartak are going to play the capital derby. Lokomotiv still has chances to compete for the place in UEFA Champions League, as well as for the Championship medals. The competitors – Krasnodar and Zenit are behind the team of Igor Cherevchenko only according to the additional criteria.

So the match against Spartak is very important for Lokomotiv. They cannot afford to lose points now.

Spartak has remote chances to get to the European Cups due to the evidently unsuccessful performance during spring part of the tournament. And the latest draw at home against Mordovia created a lot of negative emotions among supporters.

The main central defender Bocchetti will not be playing against Spartak, but Glushakov and Makeev will be back to the squad.



01.05.2016, 12:00, NEFTYANIK


Referee: Sergey Karasev (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 13 matches – 61 yellow cards – 6 red cards – 7 penalties awarded

Suspended: none – none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +0=2-1 (3:5)

In the first round: 1:3

The match of principle will take place at Neftyanik stadium between Ufa and Rubin. The teams of these regions are traditionally opponents of principle towards each other, so none of the team will be having motivation problems.

Ufa is occupying the 13th position now and is only one point behind Dynamo. So Ufa players will do their best in the remaining five matches in order to keep their position in the Premier League for the next season. So far Ufa has not got any wins over Rubin in the RFPL.

Rubin is on the 9th position and expects to compete with Ural for the 8th position. Besides, many players have to prove their right to remain in the team, as there will be for sure some changes in the squad in summer.


01.05.2016, 14:30, START


Referee: Vladimir Moskalev (Voronezh). In season 2015-2016 – 15 matches – 58 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +1=1-3 (6:7)

In the first round: 2:3

Mordovia which is desperately struggling to survive is going to meet the leader in Saransk. The home team had a very complicated week. Players did not come to the training sessions protesting against delays in salary payments. However, the club administration promised to fix this problem in the shortest possible time. The possibility of the team not to participate in the game against Rostov is out of the question.

After beating Zenit Rostov has better chances at least for UEFA Champions League slot. They are not in a hurry to speak about competing for the title and move to success from match to match.

It is worth to point out that Rostov is the only team which has not conceded a single goal during the spring part of the season.



01.05.2016, 17:00, AKHMAT ARENA


Referee: Vitaly Meshkov (Dmitrov). In season 2015-2016 – 14 matches – 68 yellow cards – 1 red card – 5 penalties awarded

Suspended: Kuzyaev – none

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +8=4-5 (26:19)

In the first round: 2:0

Terek a little bit lost steam over the recent MDs and occupies the 6th position now being considerably behind UEFA Champions League zone. Anyway, the team of Rashid Rakhimov is very unyielding in home matches.

Suspension of Kuzyaev can be mentioned as one of the squad problem.

Krylia Sovetov managed to gain many points making a considerate gap from the dangerous zone. However, it is too early to stop – they have only 4 points of advantage 5 MDs before the finish.



01.05.2016, 19:30,  KUBAN


Referee: Alexey Eskov (Moscow). In season 2015-2016 – 11 matches – 40 yellow cards – 2 red cards – 3 penalties awarded

Suspended: none - none     

Balance of the matches in the Russian Championship Top Division: +3=3-1 (13:10)

In the first round: 2:2

Krasnodar will cover the MD with the match against Anji. Over the recent four MDs the team of Oleg Kononov became a real curse for its opponents by scoring 15 goals to them. Smolov is the best scorer here, as he scored 7 goals over 4 matches. Krasnodar forward is one of the main candidates for the Best Scorer of the Season Award.

The club from Krasnodar does not have any serious problems and the team continues competing for the medals.

Every match is of utmost importance for Anji now. The team needs to gain points in order to leave the one before last position. But the calendar is not for Makhachkala team. After an away match against Krasnodar the team is going to play in St.Petersburg.


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