Matchday 17 Review: Claesson on fire, Arsenal attacking record, Ejuke wizardry

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We have collected all the best stats and figures from the Russian Premier Liga matchday 17 fixtures.

2 - Ufa were brave in their defeat to Dynamo Moscow, spending almost an hour with just nine players after Vyacheslav Krotov and Egas Cacintura were sent off before half time. It was a rare occasion for such early dismissals too; Ufa became the first side to be shown two red cards in the first half of an RPL game for at least a decade.

4 - Viktor Claesson was the matchwinner for Krasnodar in the southern derby against Sochi, with his double enough to beat the hosts and leapfrog them in the table. The Swedish forward has been motoring of late, registering four direct goal involvements (3 goals, 1 assist) in his last two games alone - the same total as in his previous 26 (1 goal, 3 assists).

5 - Sardar Azmoun is not familiar with scoring droughts, but by failing to register again at the weekend in Zenit’s 2-2 draw with Rostov, he has now gone five RPL matches without scoring - his longest such streak in over two years.

5 - At the other end of the spectrum with the number five is Aleksandr Sobolev, who was again involved with the scoresheet after Spartak edged past Akhmat. The forward’s assist to Victor Moses for the opening goal was Sobolev’s fifth direct goal involvement (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last five RPL matches against Akhmat, his highest tally against a single club since joining Spartak.

6 - CSKA Moscow did just enough to edge past Krylia Sovetov at the weekend, but they did leave it late; just quarter of an hour was left on the clock when they hit the winner through Emil Bohinen’s first RPL goal. They rarely start quickly in fairness - they have scored just six first-half goals this season. Only Ural (5), Ufa (4) and Khimki (4) have managed fewer.

9 - Krylia have won over many neutrals with their exciting brand of attacking football this season, with one example Roman Ezhov. The former Chertanovo academy product has barely missed a minute of RPL gametime, and has drawn plenty of attention from defenders; so much in fact, that more yellow cards (9) have been shown for challenges against him than any other player.

10 - Arsenal Tula are not accustomed to winning away from home; their win against Khimki this weekend was just their second in 24 RPL away games. One catalyst for the 2-1 victory that lifted them out of the relegation playoff zone was the attacking intent which produced 10 shots on goal - their highest total ever in a top-flight away league game.

57 - Lokomotiv’s defeat at home to the then-bottom side in the RPL, Ural, was another major hammer blow to their recent form that has seen them lose three straight league games for the ninth time ever. They have never lost four consecutive matches. There is another worrying trend emerging from their poor run - a lack of discipline. Tin Jedvaj’s red card made life difficult for the Railroaders after falling behind to a Rafal Augustinyak penalty, but it meant they have now been shown more cards (57) - six red cards and 51 yellow cards - than any other RPL side this season.

58 - There is no question that CSKA Moscow’s standout performer this season has been Chidera Ejuke. The Nigerian winger has a spark few RPL players can match, as demonstrated by his extraordinary dribbling numbers. He has completed 58 dribbles according to Statsperform, 23 more than his nearest challenger in that metric.

Photo: Andrey Shramko / FC Krasnodar


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