On Sunday, November 6, in the match of the 11th round, Rukh at the Arena Lviv will host tournament neighbors from Kryvbas, which they have not met in any official tournaments before.
Rukhivtsi are returning to the championship, where they last played on October 23 and also at the Arena Lviv. The Lviv team missed the last round, as several players of the main team were involved in the second round of the UEFA Youth League, where Rukh managed to defeat their peers from the Turkish Galatasaray twice.
The wards of Leonid Kuchuk are preparing for the match against Kryvbas in a good mood. In particular, at one of the training sessions, the team congratulated goalkeeper Yuriy Pankiv on a kind of anniversary – the 250th match at the UPL level, handing over a T-shirt with the corresponding number. Midfielder Oleksiy Dovgy also received a special award. Fans recognized him as the best player of Rukh in October. It should be noted that Dovhyy scored one goal in each of the previous three matches of the Rukhites.
Fabricio Alvarenga and Valery Fedorchuk, who are recovering from injuries, joined the general group. Before the next match of his team, experienced Fedorchuk said the following: “In the person of Kryvbas head coach Yuriy Vernidub, everything is clear with the team – it has character, they always play to win. Now Kryvbas is not in such a good situation to come to us somewhere relaxed. Therefore, we will take our future opponent very seriously, there will definitely not be an underestimation. We will try, playing at home, to beat him.”
Kryvbas after the match of the last round against Dynamo in Lviv on Wednesday began preparations for the match against Rukh. At one of the training sessions, two players from the Kryvyi Rih club, Dmitry Khomchenovsky and Vladimir Yakimets, received T-shirts on the occasion of their anniversary games played in the UPL – in accordance with their number of “250” and “50”.
The red-and-whites were preparing for Rukh in the mode of one-time training. On Wednesday, the team practiced teamwork with shots on goal. On Thursday, the players played one-on-one, and then were divided by coaches into three teams and played half-field football. Kryvbas head coach Yuriy Vernidub stressed that the players were preparing for the next important match with full dedication. By the way, on Sunday Vernydub will play the tenth match at the head of the Krivoy Rog club.
Rukh and Kryvbas will start the history of their meetings on Sunday. For Rukhites, the Kryvyi Rih team will become the 18th rival in the UPL.
One of the most experienced Ukrainian referees, Yaroslav Kozyk (Mukacheve), who has already played 118 games in the UPL, has been appointed referee of the match. Previously, Kryvbas under Kozyk played two games in the championships and has not yet won – a draw and a defeat. Rukh, with this referee, will play the second game in the UPL, and in the first game they played a draw on October 23 with Metalist 1925.
Forecast for confrontation
Kryvbas cannot celebrate away victory for seven matches, having suffered five defeats. Rukh will try not to lose home points. Let’s predict a minimal victory for the Rukhites in the upcoming match.
“Movement”: Pankiv, Roman, Didyk, Slyusar, Lyakh, Talles, Sapuga, Dovgiy, Solomon, Mysyk, Klimchuk.
«Krivbass»: Sarnavsky, Yakimets, Lovrich, Semenov, Dibango, Kapich, Khomchenovsky, Zaderaka, Tatarkov, Banada, Debelko.
November 6, Sunday