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Will Spartak get past CSKA and Karpin go down? Hands on for second place in the RPL

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 07:17:46

There are only two rounds left this season. There is already an answer to the main and partly rhetorical question: who will take the title. But there is plenty of intrigue even after Zenit’s early championship. The fight continues to hold a place in the RPL without participating in the boards, and it is still unknown who will get the second place. We tell you how things are in the battle for silver.

Statistical comparison of the main contenders for second place: Spartak and CSKA

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CSKA is in the lead, but is it definitely the favourite?

Thanks to an unbeaten streak that lasted since mid-March, CSKA soared with such confidence that they did not lose second place even after losing the derby. But now the situation with the team of Vladimir Fedotov is delicate. The difference with Spartak was reduced to one point.


Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

At the moment, the teams with mathematical chances for second place are placed in the table as follows:


An additional problem for CSKA is the calendar. Here are the remaining matches for Fedotov’s team in the RPL:

Krasnodar – CSKA, May 27; CSKA – Rostov, June 3.

Both opponents are from the top 6. And if the home game with the “floated” Rostov does not seem like a big problem on paper, then the trip to Krasnodar has every chance to become an adventure. Vladimir Ivic’s team has not lost a month and has generally gained momentum. In the last rounds, Krasnodar almost defeated Zenit, and then defeated the already mentioned Rostov. Also, do not forget that CSKA will play the final of the Russian Cup, and all with the same Krasnodar. The matchday 29 game can become a kind of warm-up before the battle for the trophy.

CSKA is guaranteed to take second place if they win twice. But the Spartak misfire will greatly simplify the task for the army team.

All about arbitration in the match “Spartak” – CSKA

Spartak has a convenient schedule. But not everything depends on the team.

But Spartak barely complains about the schedule. Does it look like this:

Spartak – Pari NN, May 28; Wings of the Soviets – Spartak, June 3.

It is true that the situation is contradictory. Pari NN is 14th, Wings is 12th. This speaks to the level of the teams this season, but at the same time, that they desperately need points. And if Nizhny won only once in the last 10 matches and practically resigned himself to the next participation in the play-offs, then the Wings defeated the Urals and they are unlikely to want to return to the play-offs.


Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

Spartak, unlike CSKA, will not play the Russian Cup final. But the problem is that not everything depends on Guillermo Abascal’s team. The option is not ruled out, in which the rojiblancos will win the two remaining games and finish third. However, if Spartak lose points, the only thing you can complain about is yourself.

“Rostov” will collapse even lower? “Akhmat” is running out!

Until recently, it seemed that Valery Karpin’s team would not cede second place to anyone. But in the last 10 matches, Rostov has only one win and approaches the remaining rounds with a series of three losses.


Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

Taking into account the form in the last matches, it is unlikely that Rostov will fight not only for the second place, but even for the top 3. It would be a miracle to beat Spartak being three points behind. And here’s the hardest schedule:

Rostov – Akhmat, May 28; CSKA – Rostov, June 3.

About the trip to Moscow, which does not exude optimism, we have already said it. But the home match with Akhmat is unlikely to end in an easy win. While Rostov was losing, Grozny confidently took points (they are now on a three-match winning streak) and unexpectedly sneaked up on their future opponent. The teams are separated by just one point, and purely mathematically, Akhmat even claims silver. It is impossible to believe in such a scenario, just as one can hardly imagine a Grozny club on the third line. But finishing fourth is more than realistic. Here is the schedule:

Rostov – Akhmat, May 28; Akhmat – Krasnodar, June 3.

It turns out that the face-to-face meeting on the penultimate day will be decisive in determining the fate of fourth place. Both “Rostov” and “Akhmat” will have difficult matches, although even here it seems that it will be a little easier for Grozny. Firstly, the home stadium factor, and secondly, by then Krasnodar will probably be thinking about the final against CSKA.


Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

Krasnodar itself, by the way, can still jump to fourth place, but it will not reach third, and even more so second. Ivic’s team is four points behind Rostov and three points behind Akhmat.

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