An important moment in the season for Marko Nikolić and his Locomotive. Although the Muscovites are still undefeated in the championship, they noticed several bad results that Zenit used to separate themselves from the table. That is why Lokomotiva has no right to make a mistake on Sunday at 6 pm, when it will host Rostov in the 10th round of the Russian Premier League.
In the last three games Nikolic’s the team did not score a single goal. In the championship, they played 0: 0 against Ural and Khimki, and then last Thursday in the Europa League, they lost to Lazio with 2: 0. At the Olympics, they looked especially bad, they sent only three shots within the goal of the Italian team, but none of them was too serious and it is difficult to count on a good chance.
Zenit has now gone to the table at +6, and the only good thing about Lokomotiv is that the second-placed Dinamo lost to Krylya Sovetov in the last round (1: 0), so now the difference between them is two points.
Rostov is desperate this season, the penultimate is on the table with six points from nine rounds. We remember that he is the legendary coach of Lokomotiva Juri Sjomin fired a year and a half ago to be replaced by Nikolic. This caused great dissatisfaction among the fans of that team, for a long time the former strategist of Partizan, Vojvodina and Rad suffered pressure, and in the meantime Sjomin home in Rostov.
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There, the results of the team were still too bad and he resigned a few days before the duel with Lokomotiv. That is why the team will be led by his assistant today Zaur Tedeev, while leaders seek a permanent solution.
Rostov is without a coach, and Lokomotiva is without several important first team players. Goalkeeper Marinato Guillermo received a direct red card against Khimki and now has to play two suspension matches. The defender will not play either Stanislav Magkejev, who severely injured the knee of his right leg while Horen Bajraman still on sick leave and failed to recover for the championship duel.
The last competitive match between these two teams was played in April this year, also in Moscow, when Lokomotiva triumphed with 4: 1. After that, they met in a friendly match in July, Rostov won 2: 1.
RUSSIAN PRIME LEAGUE – ROUND 10
Rubin – Nizhny Novgorod 0: 1 (0: 0)
/ Kalinski 61pen /
Dinamo M. – Krylya Sovetov 0: 1 (0: 1)
/ Ezhov 23 /
Arsenal Tula – Khimki 0: 0
CSKA Moscow – Krasnodar 0: 0
*** quotas are subject to change