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The fate of leadership will be decided on the Baltic coast.

The fourth round of the FNL is very important to the league point of view: it may finally decide the championship leaders and outsiders, but the main issue of the upcoming tour – remain a “rotor” individual leadership, and whether to go to White Castle, or lead the table once again will be a few commands?

At the bottom of the table, too, there was an interesting situation: almost certainly fall into the relegation zone Astrakhan “Volgar” skipping this tour, but who can escape from the basement of the standings and will be reflected as a possible defeat in the tournament the fate of one of the principal participants in the tour matches “Shinnik – Spartak Nalchik “?

Yenisei” – “Metallurg-Kuzbass”

In the last round, “Metallurg-Kuzbass” shown that it can deal with any opponent by taking away points from “Ural”, “Yenisei” is held not a very convincing match against “Petrotrest”, played only 10 minutes before the end of the meeting, but despite not this is a favorite in the match will still remain the owners – the players, “Yenisei”.

For the team from Krasnoyarsk, this match – a great chance to gain a foothold in the group of leaders. “Metallurg” would suit and tie, in order to feel more confident in the mid-table.

As part of a disqualification novokuznechan Samoilov . In the first team “Yenisey” no casualties. 

“Yenisei”: Carpenters – Pyatikopov, Cachan, Shabaev, Lemamba – Sitdikov, Fatullayev Leshonok, Rozhkov – Koža, Bazanov. 

“Metallurg-Kuzbass”: Sautin – Egorov, čini se Buhryakov Nedorezov – Klimenko, Volgin Sapaev, Tkachuk – Shpakov, Kirillov. 

“Khimki” – “Tom”

Khimki, although it lost the last match, “Rotor”, it looked much more interesting than the beginning of the championship: it seems Tarkhanov, gradually adjusts the game team, but the test of “Khimki” to be extremely serious, “Tom” is gaining momentum and it seems quite prepared to fight for place in the Premier League.

To win the game on both teams motivated: Tomsk citizens three points are needed in order not to fall out of the group leaders, and in certain hands, the chair and the table. “Khimki” share the same last place in the table with “Volgar”, “Petrotrest” and “Torpedo” (in the last game in hand) and must score points in every game.

In a match with “Rotor” defender “Khimki” Mamaev received a red card and will miss the game with Tomsk citizens. 

“Khimki”: Budak – Cruel, Belotserkovsky, Efimov, Kuznetsov – Pooh Hatazhenkov, Alexanian, Kuznetsov – Voronkin, Kuleshov. 

“Tom”: Vashek – Aravin, Omelyanchuk, Nikolov, Stroyev – Petrakov, Dimidko, Sabitov, Sorokin – Khazov, Bazhenov.

“Ufa” – “Salyut”

Two teams that could be called the discoveries of the championship, come together in an internal fight in the capital of Bashkortostan. “Ufa” after three tours has an unexpected second place and, apparently, Bashkir team led by Kolyvanov could build on this success. The “Salyut” a little worse – the team is in 11th place, but while the density of the table is that in case of victory, Belgorod bypass “Ufa” according to the number of points.

“Salute” at the start of the championship has shown that the team is justifiably claim to be high on the FNL: Belgorod play every match until the end, the moral and strong-willed and quite able to slow down speeding Bashkir club. On the other hand, the football, “Ufa” – one of the most spectacular and successful in the first division, so we provided an interesting match.

Neither Ufimtsev or Belgorod any problems with the starting lineup does not have.

“Ufa”: Kobozev – Popov, Vasilenko, Alikin, Smirnov – Oliveira, Osadchuk, meeting, and Vasiliev, Voydel – Galyshev. 

“Salute”:Krivoruchko – Kaleshin, Tsukanov, Miroshnichenko, Starks – Kobenko, Kushov, Tkachuk, Roy – Bazhev, Kabuto.

“Baltika” – “Rotor”

The central match of the tour will be held in Kaliningrad, and it will come together in the championship leader, “Rotor” and the team that comes fourth in the table – a local “Baltika”. As shown by the FNL start, both teams found their game, are in good shape and show an interesting attacking football: All this gives grounds to believe that Kaliningrad will match is highly entertaining.

Motivation League teams before the game is simple: “Rotor”, in case of victory, will retain its leadership, “Baltika”, if he wins this match will bypass the Volgograd in the standings. The defeat will hit Kaliningrad and, practically, “detach” them from the leading group. According to forecasts, sees quite a likely outcome is a draw, and not without reason. Intentionally or neutral result in the “rotor” or “Baltika”, of course, will not play, but mathematically, a draw and those suits, and others.

For the “Baltic” in this match will not be able to play Gacko : he disqualification. There are problems and “rotor”: a series of major players injured, but Volgograd, until quite successfully compensate for the fact that the long bench.

“Baltika”: Kolinko – Ibragimov, Plop, Zimulka, Ignatiev – Zyuzins, Chirkin, Shubladze, Sysuyev – Levshin Votinov. 

“Rotor”:Pchelintsev – ions, Malygin, Zinin, Olenikov – Rashevsky, Todorovic, Rylov, Arlashin – Pugin, Stavpets.

“Neftekhimik” – “Torpedo”

Both teams have already noted unexpected results in the matches with his participation: “Torpedo” devastating lost “Ufa”, and “Neftekhimik” made so far the biggest sensation of the championship in the last round, winning on the road Nalchik “Spartacus,” and it is likely that a team from Nizhnekamsk courage to try to continue winning streak, the benefit of a rival can afford it. To say that the “Torpedo” fever – do not say anything. The legendary club is after three rounds of last place in the table (without, however, game in hand), and shows unusual for a gray and dismal football.

However, travel to Tatarstan may be that necessary to shake torpedovtsev: Class “Neftekhimik” is not so high as to win the Muscovites, in order to leave the relegation zone, simply must, as neighbors in the table are likely to rack up in this round a minimum score: “Volgar” tour passes, and the chances of “Khimki” and “Petrotrest” low.

“Neftekhimik” problems with the composition does not feel, but the starting lineup after the Muscovites Ufa fiasco raises many questions.

“Neftekhimik”: Losev – Ustinov and Kulikov, Piskunov, Varzi – Dzahov, Djalilov Makhmutov Galiulin – Portnyagin, rising

“Torpedo”: Klevinskas – Epifanov, Shumeyko, Mishchenko, Molodtsov – Boyarintsev, Rodin, Gasinski, Bezlihotnov – Glass, Gaurachs.

Russia premier league preview

Landmark season for Russia’s Premier League clubs casts an eye over the runners and riders in the Russian Premier League, which appears more competitive than ever ahead of its first autumn-spring campaign.

After a hectic 18-month transitional season, the Russian Premier League is all set for its first autumn-spring championship. Despite the calendar switch, the list of clubs likely to be leading the charge for the title has a familiar look about it. The chasing pack is stronger than ever, though, and analyses the runners and riders ahead of a much-anticipated campaign.

Title favourites: FC Zenit St Petersburg, FC Spartak Moskva, PFC CSKA Moskva

It is hard to see beyond last season’s top three. With Zenit’s aim to become one of the ten strongest clubs in Europe, domestic glory is a must. However, Luciano Spalletti’s men did not impress in the Russian Super Cup, losing 2-0 last week to FC Rubin Kazan. They will start the season with the same squad as last after a quiet summer on the transfer front, though they should have new recruits in place by the time the UEFA Champions League group stage begins.

CSKA have retained their key personnel, including the coaching staff, despite off-season speculation. The signing of full-back Mário Fernandes was announced in April, so CSKA fans have spent the last few months anxiously awaiting more arrivals. Runners-up in five of the last seven campaigns, Spartak finally seem to have everything in place to go one better. New coach Unai Emery has four solid strikers at his disposal and has scouts hunting defensive reinforcements.

Top-three hopefuls: FC Dinamo Moskva, FC Lokomotiv Moskva, FC Rubin Kazan, FC Anzhi Makhachkala

Rubin head a strong chasing pack. Their back line, already one of the best in Russia, has been bolstered by Iván Marcano, while attacking midfielder Carlos Eduardo has returned following a lengthy lay-off. They are, however, still hunting a prolific frontman. Anzhi secured UEFA Europa League football last season, but lacked the stability needed to realise their UEFA Champions League dreams. “We need to go forward step by step and break into the group of traditional leaders in Russia,” said coach Guus Hiddink.

The aim of the Dinamo board this season is a top-three finish, although they may not have the strength to hit their target this time around judging by their spring form and the departures of key men Aleksandr Samedov and Andriy Voronin. Meanwhile, there has been another mini-revolution at Lokomotiv, with Slaven Bilić taking over the coaching reins and several promising recruits signing on with the Railwaymen.

European contenders: FC Kuban Krasnodar, FC Krasnodar

Upon taking over at Kuban in December 2009, Dan Petrescu was asked to deliver European football within three years. Things are progressing according to schedule for the Romanian. In his first term he guided the team to the top flight and followed that up with a top-half finish last season. They will have their work cut out, however, to improve on that – Lacina Traoré’s departure for Anzhi means Kuban have lost their star striker. Unlike Kuban, Krasnodar, founded in 2008, do not have European aims. However, the southern outfit impressed as they finished ninth in their debut top-flight campaign and are no longer underdogs.

Relegation battlers: FC Amkar Perm, PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara, FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Mordovia Saransk

Amkar, Krylya Sovetov and Nizhny Novgorod have all had their problems of late, mainly financial. Mordovia, meanwhile, are top-flight debutants. Saransk will attract much attention from neutral fans after the city was included on the provisional list of 2018 FIFA World Cup venues.


Great Britain – Brazil (olyympic squads)

Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrought  
Brazil is main favorite for Olimpic games and they come with really strong squad. Goalkeepers: Rafael Cabral and Neto
Defenders: Rafael da Silva (Manchester), Thiago Silva (captein, moved in PSG from  Milan for 42 mil e), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Bruno Uvini (Sao Paulo) , Juan Jesus (Internazionale), Danilo (porto), Alex Sandro (Porto)
Midfielders: Sandro (Tottenham) , Lucas Moura (Sao Paulo), Romulo (Spartak M), Oscar (Internazionale), Ganso (Santos)
Attack: Alexandre pato (Milan), Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Hulk (Porto).
Maybe yoo dont follow Brazilian leaguer and didnt heard for goalkeepers but you must know palyers like Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Rafael, Sandro, Ganso, Hulk, Neymar, pato..This is their last friendly before Olimpics and coach Mano Menezes go with strongest squad:
Rafael Cabral, Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan e Marcelo; Sandro, Rômulo e Oscar; Hulk, Leandro Damião e Neymar
Reserve players: Cabral, Sandro, Romula, Uvini, Danilo, alex sandro, Ganso and Pato.
On the other side Great Britain with this squad:
Reserve players: Stelle, Tomkins, Allen, Taylor, Sinclair and Caulker.
Backam hope he will get card for games but he didnt. They have all players from premier league, they have some great players like Micah Richards, Ramsey, Sturridge but they are today not in starting line up. Of course, here is Ryan Giggs who can much contribue with his expirience but i bvelive this Brazis is too strong

Peace Cup » Hamburger – Groningen


Russia, Mordovia Saransk – Lokomotiv Moscow

Lokomotiv bring Slaven Bilic, now ex Croatia manager. With Bilic come his whole team of assistents and doctors:  Aljoša Asanović, Nikola Jurčević, Mladen Pralija, Jurica Rakić and Miljenko Rak. They brong Croatian defender Vedran Ćorluka from Tottenham (7 mil €), Samedov (great midfielder from Dinamo M for 8 mil €), striker Sarkisov from Shinnik (8 goals last season). There  was no important leaving.

Mordovia is new Premier league club, they didnt bring some famous names (Dujmovic was with Crpatia national team but didnt play in Croatia on Euro, also Dinamo Moscow send him on half season on loan to Zaragoza, didnt played there much). Important midfielders Acevedo (45/3) is nolonger their player.

Czech Republic » Super Cup » Liberec – Sigma Olomouc

Liberec had almost double more points last season (66/34) but Sigma won cup winning Sparta in finale. Liberec played tree days before Champions league qualification round with Shakhter Karagandy (won at home 1-0) and 4 days later they have 2nd game..neutral ground.. (later continue i i have time)

Ireland, Shamrock – Bray

hosts without Twigg  (att 16/15)


SalPa – LoPa

LoPa with juniors

Corinthians – Boca Juniors

first game was 1-1. there is no ‘away goal rule’ here

Corinthians: Cassio, Alessandro, Chicao, Leandro Castan, Fabio Santos, Ralf, Paulinho, Danilo, Alex, Jorge Henrique, Emerson

Boca: Orion, Sosa, Schiavi, Caruzzo, C. Rodriguez, Ledesma, Somoza, Erviti, Riquelme, Mouche, Silva

Ventspils – Rubin Kazan II  dnb1 @ 1,9 bet365

This are Rubin reserves which are nothing special in reserve league (4-3-5)

Ventspils solid team in Latvia, in mid of season while Rubin in pre season

Rijeka – ND Gorica 1st half Rijeka @ 1,95 bet365

Rijeka will be very strong this season, rich Italy businessman buyed them (Volpi, owns Pro Recco, Spezia..) and bring players: Knežević,Neretljak,Marić,Vannucci,Brezovec,Gabrić,Weitzer,Benko,Mutombo,Vranješ, Siva..Few days ago they beat russian club Tom Tomsk (2-0) and now play with Gorica which is much veaker than last season. Club left: Goran Galešić, William Franklin Vicente, Aris Zarifović, Boris Mijatović, Dalibor Stojanović, Andrej Komac, Rok Buzeti, Nebojša Kovačević and Danjel Rakušček

I expect rotations in 2nd half so i will take 1st half Rijeka

Maribor – Lokomotiv Moscow

Lokomotiv has new coach, ex Croatia National Team coach Slaven Bilic. He bring Vedran Corluka. He didnt have much time and i expect rotations to see ‘all’ players

Traeff – Skeid

Skeid have struggled greatly with injuries to several established players this season, and it will probably be a young squad that makes a new attempt to come to Molde on Wednesday evening.

Kuusysi – Mikkeli

field is 108 x 74m

Sporting Kristina – Narpes

The Narpes begins absence list be rather long. Alnes Salic is turned off after four yellow cards. Kevin Linton and Vladan Zlatkovic are long-term injuries. Marten Grandell also missing due to work trip while Jesper Prince has glandular fever. Mika Koskinen has been feverish for a long time and it is currently unclear, and he’s in the squad.



Sivasspor – Galatasaray

Loko Sofia – Loko Plovdiv

Loko Sofia
Injury: Marcho Dafchev, Andrey Atanasov,
Doubtful: Ivo Ivanov, Stoycho Mladenov

Both sides finished the first half of the season with opposite performing. On Monday the fans of Loko Sofia will have the privilege to watch their team at the stadium “Lokomotiv” in Sofia after two years. The squad is completely different- ten men left the club and there are 18 new players. The most valuable among the newcomers are Daniel Peev (from Slavia), Vladimir Manchev (former CSKA striker) and the goalscorer of the East “B” Grupa Andrey Atanasov (but he will miss that game).
The manager of the guests Emil Veleve will have Carvalho and Zlatinski available and will try to amend their bad away play in thus far in the season. We saw signs for that in the friendlies, where the team from Plovdiv was very offensive and efficient. They play better football and have Euro ambitions, so we’ll support them in the visit.

Odense – Silkeborg

injured: Danny Hoegh, Christiansen and Traoré
suspended: Jesper Mikkelsen
Injured: Thorbjørn Holst and Christian Holst
Preview: OB is another team that trimmed the squad during the winter. But it remains with at least one player of quality in each line, despite the sale of Utaka. Wessels is a good GK, and while the defense could create some headaches to OB fans, the midfield and attack is really full of firepower with the likes of Kadrii, HH Andreasen and Skoubo.
Silkeborg has added two interesting names in the squad. SIF is solid and rarely concedes lots of goals. It relies heavily on the defense, as goals especially away from home is diffuclt to be obtained. Bech and Saag will be the dangermen and against the shaky OB defense they will be given chances.