UFA vs SO Dream11: FC Ufa entertains bottom-placed PFC Sochi in the Russian Premier League this weekend at Neftyanik Stadium, in Ufa, Russia, as both the teams look for a win to get their season back on track.
More than half the season is gone and things are starting to take shape in the league. If the first 16 games are anything to go by, Sochi may be saying sayonara to the Russian Premier League at the end of the season. That said, the 2nd half still remains. There are so many games to play, and it takes one good streak to turn things around.
Not much to look here for either team. FC Ufa are without a win for two months now, and that's a six-game stretch. But Ufa picked up four points from those games, while keeping two clean sheets, and conceding just six times. So there's an element of doggedness in their game, especially at the back. Improvement at the back is always the first step in the right direction for any football team, irrespective of the position they are in. It lifts the whole squad, a quick counter-attack or a long clearance can come in handy and that's what UFA have done in the last few games. We can't see them changing here.
While things look more desperate for PFC Sochi as they look to avoid fourth straight defeat. But the recent performance, unlike UFA who have improved, indicates the rut not to stop here. Their defence is the 2nd worst in the league, with the offence averaging less than a goal.
Host: FC UFA
Visitors: PFC Sochi
Match Timing: November 24, @ 02: 00 PM
Match Venue: Neftyanik Stadium
Though, both the teams are struggling, but from what we have discussed above, you can get a slight idea about which team may or may not be the favourite in this game.
FC UFA to win: 2.20 (6/5), Probability to happen: 45.45%
PFC Sochi to win: 3.60 (13/5), Probability to happen: 27.78%
Draw: 3.00 (2/1), Probability to happen: 33.33%
FC UFA team news: Daniil Krugov (knee injury) and Dmitri Sysuev (groin injury) both remain out of FC Ufa's squad at this moment.
The host could also be without centre-back Jimmy Tabidze, who picked up a knock while on duty with Georgio during the international break. The 23-year-old will be assessed before the game.
If Tabidze fails to recover in time for the game, expect Pavel Alikin to start at the back.
PFC Sochi team news: As for the visitors, Maksim Barsov and Kirill Zaika have both been ruled out of this game due to injuries.
In addition, wing-back Fedor Kudryashov is suspended for this game due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Sochi added Armenian midfielder Eric Vardanyan to their roster last week, but it's still not clear whether the 21-year-old plays in this game or not.
Nikita Kalugin should get the start on the wing as a replacement for the suspended Kudryashov.
Dmitriy Poloz will lead the attack for the visitors, with Andrey Mostovoy behind him in a supporting role.
FC UFA: Aleksandr Belenov (GK), Aleksandr Sukhov, Aleksandr Putsko, Ionut Nedelcearu, Pavel Alikin, Bojan Jokic, Catalin Carp, Daniil Fomin, Olivier Thill, Andrey Kozlov, Vyacheslav Krotov
PFC Sochi: Soslan Dzhanaev (GK), Nikita Kalugin, Miha Mevlja, Ivan Miladinovic, Ivan Novoseltsev, Elmir Nabiullin, Christian Noboa, Ibrahim Tsallagov, Dusan Lagator, Andrey Mostovoy, Dmitriy Poloz
The home team has a bit of momentum behind them and are favourite to avoid defeat here.