Last matches and standings
Ural finished the first half of the championship brilliantly, having recorded a six-match unbeaten streak, where the team managed to snatch points even from Zenit and Lokomotiv, but after the winter break something broke in the mechanism. The white streak changed to another long streak – seven matches, but without victories, for which Ural was rightly called one of the main candidates for relegation in the class. However, two wins in a row gave hope to the inhabitants of Yekaterinburg, who trail 12th-ranked Khimki only in additional indicators.
Rubin signed Leonid Slutsky to carry out high and difficult tasks, and few expected that Kazan’s only objective would be to maintain a place in the RPL. Rubin hasn’t been this weak for a long time. He only seven points in ten games and the current 14th place is a landslide.
The head coaches should be glad they are approaching this important game without any tangible losses. Almost all players in the current squads will be available. The questions raise only Oleg Shatov, Kirill Kolesnichenko, Denis Kulakov and Leon Musaev, but their appearance on the field is not excluded.
Estimated composition of “Ural” (4-2-3-1): Pomazun – Egorychev, Kuzmichev, Gerasimov, Goglihidze – Augustinyak, Mishkich – Podberezkin, Shatov, Zheleznov – Bikfalvi.
Approximate composition of “Rubin” (4-1-4-1): Dupin – Zotov, Talbi, Teslenko, Samoshnikov – Abildgor – Zuev, Ignatiev, Kuchaev, Lomovitsky – Lisakovich.
Statistics and facts
• The first round match ended in favor of Rubin with a score of 4:0
• Ural have never won in their last five head-to-head meetings: two draws and three losses
• Ural is the worst team at home. In 14 games, only eight goals were scored and 12 points were earned.
• Referee Sergei Karasev has been assigned to the match and awards penalties in 40% of matches.
• Ural have conceded in seven games in a row
• Rubin has conceded in 14 successive away games
What to expect from the match?
The closest neighbors in the standings played the matches of the 29th round, and no one, except Khimki, achieved a victory, which increases the importance of the match between Ural and Rubin. In case of success of any of today’s rivals, the winning club will leave the play-off zone and, at least, the impossibility of relegation will be guaranteed. The cost of a mistake is very high.
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