On Saturday, May 20, the match of the 27th round of the Ukrainian Premier League will take place, in which Chornomorets and Minay will meet. The match will take place in Odessa at the Chernomorets stadium, the starting whistle will sound at 13:00. Odessans are three points ahead of Transcarpathians in the standings.


The Sailors approach the next meeting in a good mood, because a week ago they beat Dynamo Kiev. Not surprisingly, Roman Grigorchuk was named the best coach of the last round, and Oleksandr Demchenko became the best player, who scored a double against the White-Blues. Note that the midfielder scored two goals in one UPL game for the first time. Inal Chertkoev made his debut in Kyiv as part of the Odessa club, who entered the field in stoppage time.

Nevertheless, the tournament situation doesn’t allow Odessans to rest on their laurels. Chornomorets are only three points away from the play-off match zone for the right to play in the Premier League, while Minai is a direct competitor of the Sailors. In the upcoming meeting, the disqualified Salyuk will not be able to help his partners. But three players have already served their sentences, who remained out of the game for the match against Dynamo. We are talking about Bragar, Avagimyan and Vasiliev. On Saturday, Chornomorets will play their 760th match in the Ukrainian Premier League. On the verge of a goalscoring anniversary is Odesa forward Oleksandr Gladkiy, who can deliver the 100th successful strike in the Premier League.


At the moment, the Transcarpathian club is in a dangerous zone, the participants of which will have to challenge the right to remain in the elite in the playoff matches. Yes, and only four points separate from the direct departure from the Minay Premier League. However, the results of Minai allow their fans to count on the fact that the team will continue to represent Minai in the strongest division. In six previous meetings, the Transcarpathians suffered only two defeats – from the league leaders Shakhtar and Dnipro 1. In the last round, the team of Vladimir Sharan met just with the Dnipros, and the victory for the sports clubs was brought by a single effective blow. “Minaj approached the confrontation in Odessa with a three-match winless away streak (2 losses and a draw).

Defender Alexander Melnyk, who did not play with Dnipro-1 due to disqualification, will be able to help the Zakarpattia team in Saturday’s match. But the Minai team has enough personnel losses: Vorobchak dropped out before the end of the season, Gorin and Kolesnik ended up in the infirmary. The physical condition of the players may also become a problem for Sharan’s coaching staff. Minai played the previous match on Monday, while Odesa played against Dynamo last Friday. That is, the “sailors” had more time to recover. To this we add the difficult path to Odessa, which was done by the Transcarpathians.

Meeting statistics

There is absolute parity in the relations between rivals. The teams played four head-to-head meetings, winning one each (two fights ended in a draw). In these games, Chornomorets and Minay scored four goals. In the first round match, the Odessa team won a minimal victory on the field of the Transcarpathian team. The only goal at the beginning of the match was scored by Yuriy Putrea.

Forecast for confrontation

Considering the density at the bottom of the standings, the points obtained in the matches of the final segment of the championship are of great value. This is especially true for duels of direct competitors. In our opinion, the Odessans will be able to win a minimal victory on their field.

Approximate compositions:

“Chernomorets”: Past, Bragaru, Ermakov, Guchek, Putrya, Vasiliev, Demchenko, Kuzyk, Alefirenko, Badibanga, Avagimyan

“Mina”: Bandura, Rogozinsky, Nemchaninov, Kravchuk, Melnik, Dmitruk, Petko, Vitenchuk, Buleza, Tverdokhleb, Vishnevsky

May 20, Saturday

“Chernomorets” – “Minay”Odessa. Stadium “Chernomorets”. 13:00 TV broadcast on the TV channel “Setanta Sports +” Referee: Anatoly Abdula (Kharkiv)

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2023-05-19 15:11:00

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