The 28th round of the national championship will end with a match in Krivoy Rog, where the local Kryvbas will host Metalist. For the home team, this game is no longer of particular importance, since the Kryvyi Rihs have firmly settled in the middle of the standings. But for the wards of Peritsa Ognenovich, the result is very important, since only a victory leaves them at least some chance of maintaining a residence permit in the elite division for the next season.


In the previous round, Yuriy Vernydub’s team lost a very principled match for 6th place to Vorskla with a score of 0:1 and dropped one line lower in the standings of their rivals. Moreover, the defeat in Poltava practically crossed out all the hopes of the Krivoy Rog club for the opportunity to take the final 5th place.

All the highlights of the match are available in Live mode at Telegram

Interestingly, even at the finish of the first round after the 14th round, Kryvbas and Metalist were on a par, having 15 points each. But how their further path has changed in comparison with each other. Over the next 13 matches, the first ones took 20 points and were even close to the European Cup zone, while the Kharkiv team fell deep down into the camp of outsiders, adding only 7 points to their piggy bank (1 win and 4 draws).

Surprisingly, in terms of the number of goals scored, Kryvbas is inferior to its future opponent – 22 against 26. But Kryvyi Rih residents know when to score and what goals bring points. They won all ten victories this season with a minimum advantage of 1:0 or 2:1.

As for the upcoming match, Maxim Zaderaka will not be able to take part in it due to disqualification, who received the fourth warning in the championship in the game with Vorskla.


The situation in the standings of Kharkiv is quite bad. In order to leave the 15th place and hope for the play-offs, one victory is not enough. Even with two, the situation will not improve much, since competitors can also score points. Therefore, it is necessary to win all three remaining matches. And besides Kryvbas, the rivals will also be direct opponents in the fight to save Minai and Chornomorets.

A few rounds ago, the Kharkiv mentor said that for his team each next match would be very important and it was necessary to score the maximum number of points. However, if you look at the results, his words are clearly at odds with the deed. Even in the match with fellow countrymen from Metalist 1925 last Sunday, his wards could not do anything to achieve victory. And frankly, they also didn’t play enough for a draw.

Everyone is well aware of the personnel problems of Kharkiv residents, starting from the summer off-season. The same players who have remained in the team or joined it during the season cannot yet bring it out of the crisis. Can they do it in the three remaining matches? Hardly.

Match statistics

In the first round, Metalist hosted Kryvbas in Uzhgorod and lost 0:1. The only and winning goal in the away team was scored by Nazar Voloshin. It is also interesting to remember that these two clubs returned to the Premier League last summer, taking the first two places in the first league. So, then I remember their meeting in Krivoy Rog, when the Kharkiv team defeated the home team with a score of 5:0. But at that time, Metalist had a completely different team, which set themselves the task of not only reaching the elite division, but also fighting for the highest places here. Alas, all this is already in the past.

Approximate compositions:

“Kryvbas”: Klischuk, Ryabov, Monday, Stetskov, Dibango, Kapic, Khomchenkovskiy, Zaderaka, Sosa, Lunev, Debelko

Metalist: Ermolov, Romanyuk, Gunpowder, Mizyuk, Corral, Panasenko, Tchaikovsky, Naumets, Kartushov, Chidomer, Spinner

Forecast for the confrontation:

In all hands, Kryvbas should win. Although his players are now without much motivation, so there may be options. And yet, let’s assume the victory of the Kryvyi Rih team with a score of 2:1.

May 25, Thursday

Kryvbas – MetalistKrivoy Rog. Gornyak Stadium. 15:00 TV broadcast on the Setanta Sports OTT platform Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (Chernomorsk)

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2023-05-24 13:15:00

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