RFPL Round 14: Results and Team of the Week

From just one draw in the whole of Week 13, we have now been treated to a league-high of five draws in just eight games through Round 14. Who said Russian football is boring, eh? Despite struggling at the bottom of the table, and Arsenal Tula defeating Zenit St. Petersburg last time out, Anzhi Makhachkala managed to defeat Arsenal 3-2 at the Anzhi Arena on Sunday evening, and one of their players makes our Team of the Week at the top end of the pitch. Other notable results are the only other two games that weren’t drawn. FC Ural are into the top four (!) after downing a lowly Akhmat Grozny side at the SKB-Bank Arena, meanwhile, we have a new leader at the top. Despite Zenit’s somewhat imperious performances, Lokomotiv Moscow has impressed all season, and an effective 2-0 victory over FC Krasnodar last night meant they leapfrogged their top-of-the-table rivals and reached the summit of the RFPL for the first time in over two years.

Zenit, Anzhi and SKA Khabarovsk all made their team debut’s with players selected this week, meanwhile, despite Dinamo’s struggles near the bottom of the table, they have had three players featured thus far, a joint-league-high alongside FC Ufa and Arsenal. The only team’s without a player to feature thus far are Krasnodar, Akhmat and Tosno – with the former two struggling recently. No player has featured more than once on the list as yet.

 

Results

SKA Khabarovsk 2 – 2 FC Ufa

FC Tosno 1 – 1 FC Rostov

Rubin Kazan 0 – 0 Dinamo Moscow

Spartak Moscow 0 – 0 Amkar Perm

FC Ural 2 – 0 Akhmat Grozny

CSKA Moscow 0 – 0 Zenit St. Petersburg

Anzhi Makhachkala 3 – 2 Arsenal Tula

Lokomotiv Moscow 2 – 0 FC Krasnodar

 

Statistics

Facts

  • Amkar Perm has made the fewest interceptions per game in the Premier League this season, with 12.57.
  • Aleksandr Kokorin has contributed to 35% of Zenit’s goals this season, Quincy Promes has likewise contributed to 30% of Spartak’s.
  • This is the first time in any round that neither has scored or assisted, and this neither did their respective teams.
  • Anzhi has conceded at least two goals in nine of their last ten games.
  • Dinamo Moscow continued their scoreless away run, not scoring in eight of their last nine.
  • Amkar has the lowest average possession (42.1%) and passing success (68.5%), yet are fourth on the current form table.
  • CSKA Moscow and Amkar are both currently on monumental clean sheets streaks of six and five respectively.

xG

  • Krasnodar has an average possession over near 80% this season, yet against Loko recorded the second lowest xG of the season with just 0.39.
  • The lowest of the season was once again this week, Dinamo Moscow’s 0.07.
  • Rubin Kazan’s 2.11 was the highest of Round 14 despite drawing 0-0.

 

Team of the Week

Goalkeeper – (1) Anton Shunin, Dinamo Moscow

The first name on the list, Shunin was kept relatively quiet in the first-half of the bore draw away to Rubin, yet came to life in the second. As Sarsar Azmoun came on and really began to turn the screw for the home side, he had to face the brilliant Shunin. He saved a vital one-on-one not long after the Iranian’s introduction, before turning away a Maksim Kannunikov effort just outside the six-yard box. He left the best until last, however, wonderfully parrying away an Azmoun header that seemed destined for the bottom left-hand corner.

Defender – (1) Sergey Parshivlyuk, FC Rostov

The ex-Spartak defender has moved to Rostov and flourished under Leonid Kuchuk, so much so that regular wing-back Timofei Kalachev has lost his place in the side – although, he is 37. Parshivlyuk was the only Rostov outfield player at the races in the first half, then, in the second he set-up two gilt-edged chances for Vladimir Dyadyun and Aleksey Ionov. His last-gasp, last-man tackle on the in-form Anton Zabolotnyi, however, was nothing short of brilliant.

Defender – (1) Miha Mevlja, Zenit Saint Petersburg

Slovenian defender Mevlja was a rock in the defence for Zenit has they held CSKA to a 0-0 draw in Moscow. Mevlja capped a performance which saw Zenit on the back foot with a header to clear Vitinho’s deflected effort off the line.

Defender – (1) Dmitry Belorukov, Amkar Perm

The ageing central defender may raise a few eyebrows, however, since his return to Perm, the two have been outrageously good. Over his six appearances since returning, Amkar conceded just once in their 1-0 loss to CSKA on his second debut but has since recorded five consecutive clean sheets, including impressive victories away to Rubin and Loko. His leadership, calm head and positional ability really showed at the weekend against Spartak, as he was so often the last line of defence.

Defender – (1) Victor Álvarez, Arsenal Tula

Alvarez suffered the ignominy of being on the losing side despite being a key figure in both Arsenal’s goals in their 3-2 defeat to Anzhi. Alvarez put the ball on a plate for Luka Djordjevic to score their second, having already started the attack which lead to Tkachev’s first-half equaliser.

Midfielder – (1) Petrus Boumal, FC Ural

The Cameroonian midfielder was a relatively unheralded signing by Aleksandr Tarkhanov in the summer transfer window, however, his displays in midfield belie his nominal €500,000 fee. He covered more ground than any other player at the SKB-Bank at the weekend, and his keen ability to win the ball back high up the pitch as well effective recycling is vital to Ural’s counter-attacking style.

Midfielder – (1) Denys Dedechko, SKA Khabarovsk

The Ukrainian powerhouse performed excellently alongside equally impressive midfielder partner Pavel Karasev. Dedechko, however, recorded a goal and an assist in the victory, meaning he made the list instead. The goal was a clever finish too, reacting first to Aleksandr Dimidko’s knock-on, burying his shot into the roof of the net.

Midfielder – (1) Aleksey Miranchuk, Lokomotiv Moscow

Miranchuk recovered from an injury which saw him miss the Sheriff game on Thursday to put in a top-class performance as Lokomotiv went top of the league last night. The midfielder’s shot deflected in off team-mate Jefferson Farfan for the opener, and his link-up with twin brother Anton could have seen him score one of his own.

Forward – (1) Vyacheslav Krotov, FC Ufa – Player of the Week

Krotov came off the bench for Ufa to score his first goals in almost two years and turn the game around to win his side a point at SKA. Krotov first headed in Dmitriy Stotsky’s cross before having his second put on a silver platter by Dmitry Sysuev. The former Spartak youngster’s last league goal came on 28th November 2015, and yet on Saturday he could have had a hat-trick, with only the outstretched foot of SKA wing-back Konstantin Savichev on the goalline denying him the third goal, and what may have proved a once unlikely winner for Ufa.

Forward – (1) Aleksandr Prudnikov, Anzhi Makhachkala

Prudnikov proved a key role as Anzhi picked up a vital three points to move level with SKA Khabarovsk at the foot of the table. Having won the penalty which saw them go 2-1 up, Prudnikov set up Ayaz Guliev for what proved to be the winner and would have had a second assist if not for Vladimir Poluykhatov’s poor finish.

Forward – (1) Manuel Fernandes, Lokomotiv Moscow

What more can be said about the enigmatic Portuguese star? No more superlatives are necessary. Almost every Loko attack goes through Fernandes, especially last night. Only Igor Denisov and Aleksey Miranchuk had more touches of the ball, and he capped his performance off with an inch-perfect free kick.

Author: James Nickels

Born and raised in South Shields, the direct mid-point between Sunderland and Newcastle in North-East England during an era of sustained success and European football for the Magpies, while the Black Cats floundered in the lower divisions, so naturally I decided to support Sunderland. I’ve developed an interest in Russian football over the last decade or so, but it piqued while studying for my Masters’ Degree in Russian and Soviet History, and I’ve been hooked by Spartak Moscow ever since. Considers Eduard Streltsov the best of his generation, and a fond proponent of his repatriation.

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