In the 23rd round of the Ukrainian Premier League, the local Rukh will host the Poltava Vorskla at the Arena-Lviv. If quite recently, after the 16th round, the rivals were neighbors in the standings, now they are already far from each other – Viktor Skrypnyk’s wards with 29 points before the start of the round were in 7th place, and the Lviv team were in the penultimate position with 19 points.


Lviv players started the second round with a 2-1 victory over Metalist. However, then, after two defeats in a row, the club’s management decided to change the head coach, and instead of Leonid Kuchuk, Vitaly Ponomarev was appointed to this post. However, this did not bring the expected rapid positive effect. Moreover, Rukh managed to score only two points in the next four matches.

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

Here, of course, we must make allowances for the fact that the rivals of the Lviv team at that moment were three times teams from the top of the standings. Moreover, it was with Dynamo that the Rukh players tied 1:1. And in the previous round in a duel with Dnipro-1, the Lviv team conceded the decisive goal already in the third stoppage minute, losing to the opponents 2:3.

Let’s see how events at Rukh will develop further. And then we will be able to give the correct answer to the question that interests many: was there a need for a change on the coaching bridge at the very height of the season? Or did it still have to be given the opportunity to refine Leonid Kuchuk, and then change the mentor? There is very little time left to wait, only 8 rounds.

And in the upcoming match, defender Andrei Kitela will not be able to help partners due to disqualification. In a duel with Dnipro-1, he received another yellow card and now he will have to watch his team play from the stands.


Interestingly, during the current championship, Vorskla also had a situation where black clouds were gathering over the head coach. In the first round, and at the beginning of the second, the Poltava team played unevenly, alternating successful games with failures. But the club’s management patiently waited and trusted an experienced mentor. And Viktor Skrypnik nevertheless justified these hopes.

In the last three games, Vorskla scored the maximum number of points. And even though the Poltava team won all these matches against Ingulets, Chornomorets and Metalist with only a minimal advantage, the main thing is that the team has stepped high up the standings and at the moment has secured itself from the struggle for survival.

Like Rukh, the Poltava team has a loss due to disqualification. Moreover, the Brazilian defender Felipe in the previous match against Metalist managed to score a decisive goal against the opponents, and at the end of the game, already in the second stoppage minute, he received an “extra” warning. So in this regard, Lviv and Poltava have a draw.

Match statistics

The teams have met at the Premier League level 5 times. Two victories for Vorskla, one for Rukh, and a draw was recorded twice. It was in the first round of the current championship that the Lviv players achieved the only success so far over the team from Poltava, beating them in Minai with a score of 1:0. The winning goal was scored by Aleksey Dovgy.

Approximate compositions:

“Rukh”: Pankiv, Lyakh, Didyk, Slyusar, Mysyk, Dovgy, Edson, B. Talles, Alvarenga, Runich, Klimchuk

Vorskla: Isenko, Batsula, Kravets, Fart, Kane, Sklyar, Pavlyuk, Chelyadin, Oleinik, Stepanyuk, Seferi

Forecast for the confrontation:

The match, most likely, will be very stubborn, but the winner will not be revealed. Let’s bet on a draw 1:1.

April 29, Saturday

“Rukh” – “Vorskla”Lvov. Stadium “Arena-Lviv”. 15:00 TV broadcast on UNIAN TV channel and on Football Hub YouTube channel Referee: Maxim Kozyryatsky (Zaporozhye)

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2023-04-28 13:20:00

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