In Kyiv, at the Dynamo stadium named after Valery Lobanovsky, in the match of the 23rd round of the Ukrainian Premier League, Zorya Luhansk will host Chornomorets. Interestingly, at the moment, Patrick Van Leeuwen’s wards have scored 46 points in 22 games, and Odessans are exactly half as much – 23.
If it were not for the unfortunate defeat from Kryvbas with a score of 0:1 in the 20th round, then it would be quite possible to say that in the spring part of the tournament the players of Zorya play according to the championship schedule. Judge for yourself, they have 6 wins in 7 matches, including over direct competitors for awards Dynamo 1:0 and Dnipro-1 2:1.
All the highlights of the match are available in Live mode at Telegram Sport.ua
It is already obvious that the Dutch coach managed to prepare the team well for the second round in the winter off-season and stabilize the squad. Moreover, having lost the main goalkeeper Dmitry Matsapur due to injury, the coaching staff found him an adequate replacement in the person of a young goalkeeper, 19-year-old Alexander Saputin, who had repeatedly rescued his partners. As for the front line, Zorya has already scored 13 goals in the spring and is among the top three most scoring teams in the championship in terms of the total number.
All these successes of Zorya come against the backdrop of talk that its players do not always receive their salaries on time. If this is true, then Van Leeuwen’s wards are only honor and praise. It turns out that even in such conditions it is possible to show positive results.
And further. The match against Chornomorets could be supplemented with intrigue if forward Daniil Alefirenko, rented by the Odessa team from Zorya, who has been scoring a lot lately, could take part in it. But he will miss the upcoming game due to suspension. By the way, like the defender of the Luhansk club Igor Snurnitsyn.
Roman Grigorchuk’s wards also had a good first half of the second round, scoring 3 wins, 3 matches ended in a draw and only once lost at home to Vorskla Poltava 0:1. The already mentioned Daniil Alefirenko has 7 goals scored today (he scored 6 of them in the spring) and is among the top ten scorers of the championship.
Such an excellent start to the second part of the championship, as well as the finish of the first round, by the way, allowed Chornomorets to leave the group of outsiders who are located at the bottom of the standings. However, it is too early to relax, because there are still 8 matches ahead and all teams will make efforts to rise as high as possible. Therefore, even in a duel with one of the leaders of the championship, the inhabitants of Odessa should try to take their points.
Besides, in the match of the first round “Chernomorets” lost to “Zorya” on a conditional home field (the game took place in Kovalevka) with a devastating score of 0:4. And it was not right for the inhabitants of Odessa not to think about revenge.
In general, at the level of the Ukrainian Premier League, the rivals played 36 matches. 15 wins for Chornomorets and 14 for Zorya. The remaining 7 matches ended in a draw. And in the first round match against Odessa, goals were scored by Sergey Buletsa, Igor Kiryukhantsev, Nazariy Rusin and Evgeny Shakhov.
“Dawn”: Saputin, Imerekov, Batagov, Butko, Vantukh, Polegenko, Brazhko, Antyukh, Mishnev, Bulets, Rusin
“Chernomorets”: Nepogodov, Ermakov, Salyuk, Bily, Bragaru, Putrya, Vasilyev, Kuzyk, Polilo, Avagimyan, Badibanga
Forecast for the confrontation:
We are looking forward to interesting football at the Kiev Dynamo stadium, so both teams are now, as they say, on the go. There must be goals. Let’s assume that Zorya wins 2:1.
April 29, Saturday
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