RFPL Week 13: Results & Team of the Week

Welcome to our inaugural RFN Team of the Week feature, in conjunction with our Betting Advice and Previews, we will review the weekend’s action and each week our writers’ will work together to decide the Premier League Team of the Week, decided upon the merit of their individual performances, with one player each week chosen as our Player of the Week. The number inside parentheses before the player name features how many times the selected player has featured in the RFN TOTW.

Week 13 threw up a number of surprise results including Arsenal Tula’s clinical performance at the Krestovsky Arena leading to a 1-0 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg and must be mentioned as our performance of the week. The other contender was FC Ufa’s 1-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow, with the Bashkortostan-based side pulling off a typical defensive masterclass. Spartak Moscow continued their unbeaten run, going nine games without a loss now after defeating Akhmat Grozny 2-1 in Chechnya on Friday night. Dinamo Moscow also won for the first time in seven games with a 2-0 victory over SKA Khabarovsk at the Arena Khimki.

Since Week 9, where the RFPL had a record-high five draws from eight matches, the last two weeks have only contained one draw each, the lowest of the season so far.

 

Results

Akhmat Grozny 1 – 2 Spartak Moscow

Dinamo Moscow 2 – 0 SKA Khabarovsk

FC Ural 2 – 0 Anzhi Makhachkala

FC Krasnodar 0 – 1 CSKA Moscow

FC Ufa 1 – 0 Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Rostov 0 – 1 Rubin Kazan

Zenit St. Petersburg 0 – 1 Arsenal Tula

Amkar Perm 0 – 0 FC Tosno

 

Top Statistics

Facts

  • Anzhi has conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches.
  • Dinamo has failed to score in 8 of their last 9 away matches.
  • Spartak has won 14 of their last 16 home matches.
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 22 of Ufa’s last 24 away games.
  • Ural is the only team unbeaten at home this season, a run of seven games.

Expected Goals (xG)*

  • Quincy Promes now has both the highest xG (5.03) and xA (3.72) in the league.
  • At the other end of the scale, Moritz Bauer has the lowest xG of all players to have at least ten appearances (0.03).
  • Evans Kangwa had a higher xG (0.44) than the rest of his Arsenal side put together.
  • Despite winning, Arsenal’s xG was lower than their opponent Zenit’s for the whole course of the 90 minutes.
  • Tosno’s xG was the lowest of the weekend (0.28), whereas CSKA had the highest average (1.73).

Team of the Week

Goalkeeper – (1) Soslan Dzhanaev, Rubin Kazan

Dzhanaev faced former club Rostov for the first time since his summer transfer to Rubin and made them regret it, as he put in a man of the match performance with a number of key saves, including saving Zan Majer’s first-half penalty.

Defender – (1) Mário Fernandes, CSKA Moscow

The newly-naturalised defender was once again the decisive factor as CSKA pulled off an impressive victory against Krasnodar. Fernandes was arguably CSKA’s most dangerous player against Krasnodar, and he crowned an impressive performance with a brilliant assist for the game’s single goal.

Defender – (1) Maksim Belyaev, Arsenal Tula

Belyaev led the Arsenal rearguard superbly as they won 1-0 away against Zenit St. Petersburg. Belyaev pulled off six clearances, five interceptions and three tackles over the 90 minutes, and he was the main reason behind Zenit’s first league defeat this season.

Defender – (1) Denis Tumasyan, FC Ufa

Tumasyan hasn’t played much this season, but Ufa is unbeaten when he does with three wins and three draws – including this weekend’s victory over Lokomotiv and draws against both Spartak and CSKA. He had several crucial actions, including one particular interception from an Aleksei Miranchuk pass that would’ve surely led to a goal with Manuel Fernandes awaiting unmarked, had the ball got through to the intended man.

Defender – (1) Grigori Morozov, Dinamo Moscow

Morozov was one of a number of Dinamo players who helped the Moscow side dominate SKA. His link up with Aleksandr Tashaev down the left was excellent, and he provided a number of incisive forward passes and was unlucky not to have an assist.

Midfielder – (1) Bibras Natkho, CSKA Moscow

On a day where CSKA were without the three normal starters in central midfield, Dzagoev, Golovin and Wernbloom, Natkho stepped up and proved himself a true midfield general. He was everywhere on the pitch and contributed heavily to the victory at both ends.

Midfielder – (1) Denis Glushakov, Spartak Moscow

In a notoriously difficult away game, Glushakov allowed Fernando to control proceedings with his constant energy and vital box-to-box runs. Glushakov also scored a typical Glushakov goal, intercepting a wayward midfield pass before playing an excellent one-two with Quincy Promes before finishing with aplomb; a well-placed, effective finish into the far corner.

Midfielder – (1) Eric Bicfalvi, FC Ural

If Ural is to do well, it will ultimately be if Bicfalvi does. The Romanian playmaker made Anzhi pay for missed chances with a fine free-kick, and was yet again the key player for Aleksandr Tarkhanov’s side.

Forward – (1) Evans Kangwa, Arsenal Tula

Kangwa played on the wing against Zenit and scored the winner in the second half with a great, close finish after timing his run between the defenders before receiving the ball from Kiril Kombarov. He impressed away from the goal too, with his constant pressing and pace a threat for the Zenit defence throughout, as Arsenal fully deserved their three points.

Forward – (1) Sylvester ‘Sly’ Igboun, FC Ufa

Igboun netted his tenth goal for Ufa this weekend, becoming their record foreign goalscorer of all time. As ever, his marauding performance along the front line was a key aspect of their victory.

Forward – (1) Aleksandr Tashaev, Dinamo Moscow – Player of the Week

Tashaev was the star man this week as Dinamo ran out 2-0 winners against SKA, in a scoreline which flattered the away side. Tashaev ran Aleksandr Cherevko ragged and was constantly in a threatening position to attack, as demonstrated when he found space, and picked out Aleksei Kozlov for Dinamo’s opening goal. Tashaev then killed the game off in the second half, with a stunning solo goal, starting in his own half and ending with a 25-yard strike in off the crossbar.

 

*Data provided by Understat

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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