Shortly before the end of the first round of the Ukrainian Premier League, both teams are at the bottom of the standings. Metallist 1925 is currently in 11th place, while Ingulets is in the penultimate 15th position. The rivals are separated by only 4 points, so the fight on the football field will be quite interesting.
After a good start this season, when the Kharkiv team scored 8 points in 5 matches, the next six matches went without victory for them – 3 draws and 3 losses. At the same time, Metallist 1925 played the last 4 games under the guidance of a new coaching staff, which was headed by Edmar, a well-known football player in the recent past, but who has practically no coaching experience at all. He replaced the experienced mentor Valery Kriventsov.
So far, such a castling does not look timely. In these four fights, Edmar’s new wards barely avoided defeat once, scoring a goal in the last minutes of Rukh. Then we lost twice to Zorya 0:3 and Veres 1:4. And in the match with their countrymen from Metalist, they were in the minority at the very beginning of the second half, so they thought more about keeping a draw than about winning.
If we take the composition, then Edmar now has problems both in attack and in defense. For example, Andrey Boryachuk could not help his teammates in the previous three games due to illness, and another forward Vitaly Ponomar, who seemed to be getting in shape after a serious injury received last year, again went on sick leave and before We won’t see him on the field at the end of this year. Also, defender Mikhail Rudavsky is recovering from an injury. It can also be noted here that Mikhail Shershen, who received a red card in the Kharkiv derby, will not play in the match with Ingulets.
But the wards of Sergei Lavrinenko in the previous round finally celebrated their first success in ten matches played in the new championship. Moreover, they won against Zorya Luhansk, which had previously had a great four-match winning streak and came in third in the standings. Nevertheless, “Ingulets” managed to perfectly tune in to the game with a strong opponent and won 1:0 due to a goal from Maxim Marusich.
It cannot be said that the club from the Kirovograd region had played very badly before. Draws with Metalist, Kolos and, of course, with the leader of the tournament Dnipro-1 can be added to his asset. But five defeats (which is exactly half of all carried out) are too many.
It should be added that this season “Ingulets” has already played at the Kiev NSC “Olympic”, where he will now meet with the Kharkiv team. That match was in the 9th round against Kryvbas, where the team from Petrovo was also considered away. Then the nominal home team won with a score of 2:1, and “Ingulets” finished the match in the minority after the removal of Artem Smolyakov.
And in the application of Ingulets there are two players who most recently played in Metalist 1925. We are talking about defenders Dmitry Pospelov and Sergey Chenbai. If the head coach entrusts them to take the field, they will, of course, have additional motivation.
In the Ukrainian Premier League, the rivals met only once last season. It was in the 12th round on October 22. Metalist 1925 turned out to be clearly stronger, having won in Kharkiv with a score of 4:0. Interestingly, none of the four authors of goals scored (Batyushin, Zapadnya, Marlison and Kryskiv) is already in the current squad.
“Metalist 1925”: Mozil, Zhichikov, Bezugly, Smoked, Kapinus, Martynyuk, Rusin, Gabelok, Kravchenko, Remenyuk, Zubkov
“Ingulec”: Palamarchuk, Smolyakov, Pavlov, Kovalev, Nagiyev, Klymenko, Sakiv, Zaporozhets, Kuharuk, Kozak, Marusych
Forecast for the confrontation:
Both teams need to score points in order to move away from the outsiders zone. Therefore, the game should be fighting with equal chances of winning. And yet, let’s bet on the Kharkiv team, for whom it is time to complete their sad streak. Metalist 1925 is likely to win 1-0.
November 13, Sunday
“Metalist 1925” – “Ingulets”
Kyiv. NSC “Olympic”. Starting at 15.00 TV broadcast on the TV channel “Setanta Sports”
METALLIST 1925 – INGULETS. ONLINE BROADCAST OF THE MATCH
Referee – Volodymyr Novokhatniy (Kyiv) Forecast Aroged – 1:0