Friday, May 22, 2009

Russian Premier League: Matchday 10 Preview

The Russian Premier League will be a third of the way through after this round of matches. The two big games to watch out for are current champions Rubin Kazan taking on the Railway Boys of Lokomotiv Moscow. Inconsistent Dynamo Moscow versus last round losers Zenit St Petersburg is also an enticing encounter.

The RPL table is still reasonably tight with the first nine teams separated by only six points. A win for any team in that group and losses for the teams around them can give a side a big boost up the RPL ladder.

The RPL Top and Bottom

Top four:
CSKA Moscow 19pts, Rubin Kazan 17pts, Kryliya Sovetov (Samara) 16pts, FC Moscow 16pts.

Bottom two:
Saturn Moscow 6pts, FC Khimki 4pts.

Top Goalscorers:
Dominguez (Rubin Kazan) and Welliton (Spartak Moscow) 5 goals, Pavel Pogrebnyak (Zenit) four goals.

This Weekend:
Saturday May 23, 200
911:00 Saturn Moscow - FK Tom' Tomsk
13:30 Spartak Moscow - Amkar Perm'
16:00 Terek Grozny – FC Khimki
16:00 Rubin Kazan - Lokomotiv Moscow

Sunday May 24, 2009
11:00 FC Moscow - Rostov-Na-Donu
11:00 Dinamo Moscow - Zenit St Petersburg
13:30 Spartak Nalchik - Samara Kryliya Sovetov
16:00 Kuban Krasnodar - CSKA Moscow Saturday

Saturn Moscow - FC Tom' Tomsk

This first game of the round kicks off in Saturn and the Aliens will be looking to add a W in their stat column.Tom Tomsk hasn’t won in their last two but at least a have few wins for their troubles this season.

Last week the general director of Saturn Boris Zhiganov was fired and after a couple of days the head coach, German Jurgen Rober, followed the director.

Frustrated Saturn forward Dmitry Kirichenko who was a Russian national team player through 2003-03 spoke to Sport Express about it.

“The coach was talking such nonsense......That is why they dismissed Rober."

Belarus striker Sergei Kirilenko has three goals for FC TomTomsk.

The RPL preview predicts the Aliens of Saturn will not find the Belarusian so friendly.

Form Guide- Last Five Games:

Tom Tomsk - WLWLD
Points: 11 Position: 9th

The Aliens – DLLDD
Points: 6 Position: 15th

Spartak Moscow - Amkar Perm'

Spartak Moscow should be too strong for Amkar, who have only one in win their last five.Look for quality Brazilian duo Wellinton and Alex to be heavily involved for Spartak

Form Guide- Last Five Games:

Spartak Moscow – WWLWD
Points: 14 Position: 6th

Amkar Perm – WLLDD
Points: 8 Position: 13th

Terek Grozny – FC Khimki

Not a win for either of these teams in their last five games, a betting man would go for a draw in this one.

Form Guide- Last Five Games:

Terek Grozny - LDLDL
Points: 9 Position: 12th

FC Khimki - LLDDD
Points: 4 Position: 16th

Rubin Kazan - Lokomotiv Moscow
An intriguing match as last week Rubin lost top spot after only drawing last week. You could say the current champions where lucky to equalise at the death away to Amkar Perm.The Lokomtiv squad is better than their current ninth place would suggest the Railway Boys should give Rubin a good game.

Rubin’s Argentinean play maker Alejandro Dominguez has been on fire this season, he is the joint leading scorer.Nigerian National team player Peter Osaze Odemwingie is one to watch out for Lokomotiv in this game, the 27 year old contains the two attributes fans love the most he is both skilful and quick.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

Rubin Kazan - WLWWD
Points: 18 Position: 2nd

Lokomotiv Moscow – DLWDW
Points: 13 Position: 9th

Sunday May 24, 2009

FC Moscow - Rostov-Na-Donu

After racking up consecutive victories like it was nobody’s business FC Moscow have come back to pack with two draws in row. Rostov has been going about their season quietly and remains undefeated in their last five. This contest should be a close game.

Look for FC Moscow’s Argentinean striker Hector (Braca) Bracamonte and Rostov’s Serbian attacker Branimir Petrovic to be key players in this one.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

FC Moscow – WWWDD
Points: 16, Position: 4th

Rostov-Na -Donu - DWWDD
Points: 14, Position: 7th

Dynamo Moscow - Zenit St Petersburg

Dynamo have been on the slide with only one win in their last five games last season’s 3rd placed team will look to get one over Zenit, who themselves are finding consistency hard to come by.The key players in this game:For Dynamo their number 10 Alexander Kerzhakov is always a threat while look for Ukranian and Zenit’s general in midfield Anatoliy Tymoschuk to have an impact.

Some bad news for Zenit fans as Danny their quality Portuguese attacker is out for the season with a fracture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee it is expected that the injury will require at least six months for the rehabilitation process.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:
Dynamo Moscow –LLWLD
Points: 13 Position: 8th

Zenit St Petersburg -DWLWL
Points: 15 Position 5th

Spartak Nalchik - Kryliya Sovetov Samara

Spartak Nalchick have no real form to speak of and the visit of RPL surprise packets Kryliya Sovetov who are third will test Nalchick.One of the key players in this one is Kryliya Sovetov bean pole striker Czech Jan Koller he has three goals so far.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

Spartak Nalchik – LWLDD Points: 7 Position: 14th

Kryliya Sovetov (Samara) - DWLLW Points: 16 Position: 3rd

Kuban Krasnodar - CSKA Moscow

The last game of the round has the Kubantsy hosting league leaders CSKA Moscow. Brazilian national team player Vagner Love has been playing well since returning from injury and along with young Niger striker Moussa Maazou should give the Canaries of Kuban Krasnador a real scare.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

FC Kuban Krasnodar - WDDDL

Points: 9, Position: 11th

CSKA Moscow –WLWWW Points: 19

Position: 1st

The RPL bids you Dasvidania (goodbye)Con Stamocostas,

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