Challenge for Spartak

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The matches of ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Football Championship MD 5 will be held on 26-28 August, after that the teams will be having a short break related to the national teams matches. So all clubs of the Premier League have chance to strengthen their squads before the transfer window is closed. There are different kinds of gossips, but it is worth to wait a little.

After 4 matchdays Spartak is the only leader, and a very uneasy trip to Makhachkala is waiting for it. So the club from Moscow will have to make efforts in order to leave for the break in the leading position.

It is interesting to follow Amkar, which occupies the second position for now, and it is the only team which has not conceded a single goal. PFC CSKA is two points behind Spartak, this team also has an uneasy trip to Tomsk.

Supporters of Zenit and Lokomotiv are also waiting for wins. But if the team of Mircea Lucescu has one successful game, Lokomotiv has all four matches ended in a draw. After being defeated by Spartak, Krasnodar will try to rehabilitate in front of its supporters.

Orenburg is the only team so far, which has not scored to its opponents. May be the new team of the Premier League will score its first goal in the upcoming MD and will get the first win.

So all matches of this MD promise to show a tough competition and interesting results. Russian Football Premier League would like to invite fans to the stadia stands! Your teams need your support!


Krylia Sovetov – Ufa
26.08.2016 18:30, Metallurg, Samara

Referee: Александр Егоров (Саранск). В сезоне 2016-2017 – 3 матча – 12 ж.к.
Suspended: Нет - Нет
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +1=0-1 (1-1)
Last seasonе: 0:1, 1:0

The MD will be kicked-off with a match in Samara, where the two so far winless clubs of the current season are going to play. This match will be the third one for both teams in the Premier League and so far they are equal in their competition – each won once - 1:0.

It will be the second home match in the season for Krylia Sovetov. The team played in a draw against Krasnodar in the first one. Ufa is not very successful away so far – 2 failures in two matches.

Orenburg – Rubin
27.08.2016 13:00, Gazovik, Orenburg

Referee: Sergey Karasev (Moscow). In season 2016-2017 – did not officiate
Suspended: Malykh (red card) – none
Last season: did not play

Premier League new team has already managed to gain two points, but the start of the season is not very successful so far. Orenburg has conceded only two goals over four matches, but still has not started scoring.

Rubin also cannot boast a fantastic kick-off. The team under the guidance of Javi Gracia also has gained only two points. But the Spanish coach does not lose his optimism and believe that the team will be more successful soon.


27.08.2016 15:30, Trud, Tomsk

Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (Nizhny Novgorod). In season 2016-2017 – 3 matches – 11 yellow cards – 2 red cards.
Suspended: none – none
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +1=4-11 (7-25)
Last season: did not play

The team from Tom has the second home match in the current season. They beat Ufa in the previous one. However, the current opponent is much more serious  - it is a current title holder PFC CSKA.

Leonid Slutskiy has problems with the squad – Schennikov and Tosic got injuried in the match against Zenit. The Russian defender has a concussion and ankle injury. And Tosic has right hip injury. Both can miss the game in Tomsk.


Zenit – Amkar
27.08.2016 18:00, Petrovskiy, St.Petersburg

 Referee: Vladimir Seldyakov (Balashikha). In season 2016-2017 – 1 match – 5 red cards.
Suspended: none – none
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +13=9-2 (38-13)
Last season: 1:1, 2:0

Zenit is hosting the team which has not conceded a single match so far. Zenit is not very successful so far – the players of Mircea Lucescu have only one win and three draws.

Participation of Dzyuba is questionable so far, he has not still recovered after his injury. Decision on his participation will be taken by Lucescu before the game. Djordjievic prolonged his contract with the club and gets a lot of playing practice.

Amkar left the most pleasant impressions in the kick-off matches. The team is consistent at gaining points and still has 0 in conceded goals column. One of the MD’s intrigues – whether Zenit is able to score to Amkar.


Ural – Arsenal
28.08.2016 17:00, SKB-Bank Arena, Ekaterinburg

Referee: Roman Galimov (Ulan-Ude). In season 2016-2017 – did not officiate
Suspended: none - none
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +2=0-0 (3-1)
Last season: did not play

These clubs occupy the positions next to each other in the tournament table. They have 4 points each, and Ural has 2-2 goal difference, and its opponent has 1-5 goal difference.

The club from Ekaterinburg looks real favourite in this match, but Arsenal has already proved itself as a very unyielding team.

The team played twice within the frames of the Premier League and the club from the Urals won both times.


Terek – Rostov
28.08.2016 19:15, Akhmat Arena, Grozny

Referee: Alexey Matyunin (Moscow). In season 2016-2017 – 1 match – 7 yellow cards – 1 penalty awarded
Suspended: none - none
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +6=5-7 (21-20)
Last season: 1:1, 0:2

The club from Grozny traditionally play well at their home stadium. And also against the opponent which became the runner-up in the previous season and has gained a place in UEFA Champions League Group Stage in the current season. As for Terek, Rashid Rakhimov did not go to the previous match in Ufa due to some health problems. However, the team gained 3 points without Rakhimov.

Rostov got the right to play in UEFA Champions League Group Stage on Wednesday, and now the club administration will have to solve the problem with the head coach and players. This position is still vacant, and the squad needs some support. So the supporters should be patient and wait for the closing of transfer window.


Krasnodar – Lokomotiv
28.08.2016 19:15, Kuban, Krasnodar

 Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (St.Petersburg). In season 2016-2017 – 1 match – 4 yellow cards.
Suspended: none – none
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +2=1-7 (11-19)
Last season: 1:2, 1:2

Krasnodar will have to play against Lokomotiv after the return leg match of UEFA Europa League. However, Oleg Kononov will give some rest to the team leaders and the team will be ready in full against Lokomotiv which does not know any defeats. Wanderson, Mamaev, Laborde and Izmaylov will miss this game due to their injuries and this loss is quite notable.

Lokomotiv under Oleg Pashinin guidance was not able to beat Krylia Sovetov and so far the team does not have any wins. Lokomotiv is a very inconvenient opponent for Krasnodar – over 10 matches the club from Moscow won 7 times, made 1 draw and lost only 2 times.


On 27 August Vladimir Korotkov, Assistant to FC Lokomotiv President, Head of the Team, famous Soviet forward and a coach, celebrates his 75-anniversary. Vladimir Korotkov started his work at Lokomotiv in 1975 when he came to work for the football school. In 1993 – 2008 Korotkov was on the position of Head of the Team, and since 2008 he also became an Assistant to the club President and Supervisor of the Team.

Our most heartfelt congratulations to Vladimir Korotkov! We wish you a lot of luck, happiness to you and your family and a lot of new success for the good of the Russian football!


Anji – Spartak
28.08.2016 21:30, Anji Arena, Kaspiisk

 Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Rostov-on-Don). In season 2016-2017 – 3 matches – 12 yellow cards – 2 penalties awarded
Suspended: none – none
Balance of the matches in the top division of the Russian Championship: +4=3-11 (17-31)
Last season: 2:1, 0:4

After four matchdays Anji has gained 7 points, and the team started much more successful than it was one year before. Last year Makhachkala team had no points after four matchdays.

In the current season Anji has won two matches and played in a draw. Two experienced players – midfield Obertan, who had played recently for Manchester City, and Croatian midfield Iglicevic, who used to play in Bundesliga – came to the team to support it.  These players should help their team to achieve higher results.

Spartak came to this match as the only leader. The team of Massimo Carrera showed a wonderful game in beating Krasnodar, and received a lot of encomiums from media. Now they have to prove it in the  match against Anji. Spartak returned defender Parshivlyuk and midfield Yakovlev from the second team. One more defense line player – Makeev – recovered after his injury.


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