In the second round of the new national championship in Alexandria, at the Nika stadium, the local club will host Metalist 1925. Despite the fact that Oleksandriya fought for a place in European competitions in the previous championship, and Kharkiv team barely managed to stay in the Premier League, both teams’ matches with each other ended in a draw.
Ruslan Rotan’s wards successfully started in the 2023-2024 season. In the first round at home they met with Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih and won with a score of 1:0. The winning goal at the very beginning of the game was scored by Artem Shulyansky. However, it should be noted that from the 31st minute the guests played in the minority.
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It is still difficult to talk about Oleksandriya’s potential in the new championship, because a fairly large group of players left the club during the summer off-season, many of whom often played in the starting lineup. They were replaced by mostly young players who still need to find a common language on the field with new partners.
How long this will take is hard to say. Therefore, it is so important for the Alexandrians to score as many points as possible at the start. Moreover, for the second time in a row they will host the opposing team at their home stadium. By the way, as in the first round, the match will start quite late by today’s time at 19:00.
For Kharkiv residents, the calendar for the start of the new season turned out to be difficult. In the first round, they played with the national champion Shakhtar, losing to him with a minimum score of 1:2, in the second round, Edmar’s wards meet Oleksandriya away, and in the third round they will play in Kiev against Dynamo.
It is clear that with such a schedule, it is not necessary to count on a large number of points. Therefore, even a draw in one of these matches will certainly be considered a good result for Metalist 1925. Moreover, they already played a draw with both Oleksandria and Dynamo last season.
Unlike the upcoming rivals, the Kharkiv side doesn’t have many lineup changes. Moreover, one can even talk about strengthening, especially in the attack line. What is the transfer of Alexei Sidorov worth, and Dmitry Yusov has already scored his debut goal for Metalist 1925. Brazilian midfielder Ari Moura left a good impression of himself in the game against Shakhtar.
In the championships of Ukraine, the rivals have already managed to play 4 matches with each other. And if in the first two the advantage of the players of “Alexandria” was indisputable and they won twice, then the last two matches ended in a draw. And in the Nika stadium in February of this year, the guests were closer to success, leading in the score 3:1 (the Kharkiv team scored A.Tkachuk, Bychek and Shershen, and the home team Tretyakov). But at the end of the second half, the same Tretyakov and Kobzar restored the balance. In the second round, the match was held in Kovalevka at the Kolos stadium and again ended in a draw, but now it is 0:0.
“Alexandria”: Shevchenko, Kopina, Loginov, Baboglo, Crybaby, Smirny, Sigeev, Kalitvintsev, Shulyansky, Belyaev, Kulakov,
“Metalist 1925”: Mozil, Zhichikov, E. Tkachuk, Kurilo, Bezugliy, Gabelok, Vachiberadze, Rusin, Bychek, Yusov, Sidorov
Forecast for the confrontation:
Given that last season Ruslan Rotan’s and Edmar’s wards were considered the most peaceful teams, let’s assume that this time the rivals will draw 1:1.
August 5, Saturday
Alexandria – Metalist 1925Alexandria. Nika Stadium. 19:00 TV broadcast on Megogo, Setanta Sports, Kyivstar TV platforms
ALEXANDRIA – METALLIST 1925. TEXT BROADCAST OF THE MATCH
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