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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.

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Preview: Balestier Khalsa vs Hougang United

The Cheetahs will be looking to revenge their previous defeat against Balestier Khalsa, when they face them again in the S-League this Tuesday night.

Hougang will be looking to extend their winning run, after a nail-biting finish in the previous two games against Tanjong Pagar and Geylang United by only one goal. The Cheetahs will be looking again at their flying Canadian Winger Jordan Webb to spear head the Cheetahs attack that only scored 18 goals so far in the current season.

Coach Nenad will certainly welcome back Fazli Jaffar into the starting line-up, however, with his replacement and utility man Basit Hamid showing glimpses of good form, he will certainly have a selection headache, especially in the wings. Hougang will also welcome back Ignatius Ang and Farhan Rahmat back into their squad, after both were involved in the AFC U-22 Asian Cup qualifiers in Pekanbaru.

The Tigers however are on a two game losing streak. After the shock defeat of Home United back in May, the Tigers were unsuccessful in defeating Tampines Rovers and in-form Gombak United. After a season full of promise after leading the table for much of the first half of the season, the Tigers will try all their might to use their home advantage to win this game.

This would be the start of a challenging line-up of fixtures for Hougang, with the Tigers and Home United coming up on Saturday, added with the League Cup fixture against Courts Young Lions and Home United, this will be a cracking program lineup for the Hougang faithfuls.

Will their Cheetahs extend their winning run and inflict Balestier to their longest winning streak this season?? Or will the Tigers show their prowess against the Cheetahs??

Dresden – Manchester City

Premier League Champions Manchester City swing into more pre-season action on Tuesday, with an away match against German opposition. The match is being played at the Tivoli Neu Stadium in Austria. The premier League title holders square off against Dynamo Dresden, as they look to start sharpening their claws ahead of the defence of their title. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini signed a new deal with the club after guiding them to their first league success in 44 years, but the critics are already warning City that the defence of their title could be harder than than winning it. City will of course also get another crack at the Champions League after failing to make it past the group stage in their first venture in the competition last season. They should be a bigger force to be reckoned with and they have been linked with big summer transfer targets like Arsenal’s Robin van Persie. Manchester City lost their first pre-season friendly, as they went down 1-0 away against Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal in Austria.

Naturally there are no panic buttons to be pressed yet after the defeat, but there were a crop of senior players in attendance for the match. Carlos Tevez took part after his announcement that he was totally settled at Manchester City, while striker Mario Jelavic, on trial with City got a run out in the second half of the game. So no-one is quite sure just yet, what the final City squad will be when it comes to the start of the Premier League. There are still major transfer rumours circling about Tevez leaving the club, along with Edin Dzeko who are both apparently being targeted by AC Milan as replacements for the departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. So the building continues for Manchester City with a match against Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday.

Dynamo Dresden are in the second tier of German football, finishing in mid-table there last season with a decent goals haul, but with a terrible defence. So the pre-season is all about getting match fit more than anything, but we should see Man City turning up the pace a little bit, because they were extremely lack-lustre going forward against Al Hilal.

Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic, Kolarov
Weiss, Razak, Yaya Toure, Johnson
Tevez, Aguero

Petrotrest – Tomsk

Hosts have just Khotov (df 8/1) injured. They are new in this league (promoted from division 2). No important leavings. Also they brong some players but just for Myazin i can said he has quality.

As you probably read before my posts, Tom is Putin’s club (he saved them few times in last few years) but last season there was no help for them. They change squad lot from last year and there is question are they stronger than last seasos. I dont think so (6 players included from B team). True, they briing best players from Dinamo Bryansk and good striker from hibernian, but..


Shinnik Yaroslavl – Met.-Kuzbass


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