On Saturday, April 29, in Krivoy Rog at the Gornyak stadium, the match of the twenty-third round of the Ukrainian Premier League on football will take place, in which Kryvbas Kryvbas and Oleksandriya will play. The starting whistle of the referee Ekaterina Monzul from Kharkiv will sound at 15:00 Kyiv time.


Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih had great prospects and far-reaching plans before the start of the current campaign, but it became clear from the first rounds that the team’s debut season in the “elite” division would be very difficult. The White-Red-Blacks started with two defeats in a row, and their first victory had to wait until the end of October. Obviously, after such a beginning of the football year, it was unnecessary to talk about the prospects in the European Cup zone, but gradually the team of Yuriy Vernidub found his football. The culmination of the first part of the season was the victory over Dnipro-1 Dnipro in the regional derby (2:1), when Oleksandr Kucher’s team was still leading the tournament table.

After such a success, Kryvbas felt that it could do everything, and in such a state, any team would be a threat to the opponents. After the resumption of the season, Donetsk Shakhtar almost lost points in Krivoy Rog, but in the final phase of the meeting they pulled out a victory (3:0). Zorya Lugansk wanted to implement a similar scenario not so long ago, but it didn’t work out anymore – a 0-1 defeat. In total, it turns out that of the leaders of the current campaign, only Dynamo Kyiv has not yet had serious problems with the Vernydub team. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about the rivals of Kryvbas in recent matches.

Zakarpattia “Minaj” and Odessa “Chernomorets” needed points no less than Kryvyi Rih, and they eventually came to success (1:0 and 3:2, respectively), interrupting the three-match unbeaten streak of UPL newcomers. There are six points left before the European Cup zone, but if Kryvbas does not beat Oleksandriya, it will be almost impossible to get there.


In the meantime, the reaction to the work of Ruslan Rotan at the head of Oleksandriya in the second half of the current season went from cautious interest and lively optimism to a nervous smirk in response to another draw with the participation of polygraphs. It’s no joke, but after the resumption of the championship, the teams managed to play at least eight meetings, but seven of them for the team from the Kirovograd region ended with only one point scored. What’s worse in this situation is the absence of goals in three of these meetings, two of which took place in the last two weeks.

Thus, there is no need to talk about any potential participation in the fight for the fourth place, and even more so – the “bronze” set of awards in the context of Oleksandria’s participation in this process. Many will correctly note that the Rotan team has not yet lost in any of the official matches of 2023, but the fans were unlikely to expect such a result against the backdrop of a good first half of the season under the leadership of Yuriy Gura.

Needless to say, even if Vorskla, with its almost sensational, as for this football year, series of three victories over the same period scored more points than the “polygraphs”. Of course, Rotan’s team still has a match in hand, but the opponent in it is Dnipro-1, so one can only dream of winning. And this is with such a solid set of performers!

Meeting history

The football paths of Kryvbas in its current image and Oleksandria have previously crossed only once within the UPL. The rivals played in an official match in October last year – the game in Alexandria ended with the victory of the “polygraphers” with a score of 2:0. The goal for Alexandria was scored by Maxim Tretyakov, and Dmitry Khomchenovsky scored an own goal. Maxim Dyachuk and Nazar Voloshin were sent off in that match.


The main arbiter of the upcoming game will be 41-year-old Ekaterina Monzul from Kharkiv, who already has 71 matches in the “elite” division to her credit. Side referees will be Svetlana Grushko and Marina Streletskaya, and Anastasia Romanyuk will work as a reserve referee. The match will feature the VAR system – Nikolai Balakin and Valentin Kutsev will be responsible for it. Monzul has experience of holding matches with Kryvbas – 2 wins and 2 losses, while she faced Oleksandriya 9 times (2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses).

Estimated compositions

“Kryvbas”: Sarnavsky – Dibango, Stetskov, Beskorovayny, Opanasenko – Khomchenovsky, Tatarkov, Prikhodko – Zaderaka, Lunev, Mikitishyn.

“Alexandria”: Shevchenko – Kopina, Baboglo, Bondarenko, Miroshnichenko – Kovalets, Sigeev – Tretyakov, Mustafaev, Kozhushko – Kulakov.

Forecast for confrontation

We believe that the guests will win the victory with a productive game. Our bet will be the position – Oleksandria’s victory by one goal or a draw with a coefficient of 1.80.

April 29, Saturday

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2023-04-28 20:18:00

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