FC Ural will be looking to snap a four-game winless run when they host the newly-promoted PFC Sochi in the Russian Premier League at Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg, on Monday night.
The 1-3 home loss to Krylya Sovetov was Ural's 2nd consecutive defeat and 3rd in the last four games. Winning twice in the opening two games looks a thing of a distant past, and the reality is that the Ural are slipping down the order with each passing week.
That said, the game against PFC Sochi is a perfect opportunity for manager Dmytro Parfenov to guide his team back to the winning ways.
The visitors are only one of the two teams not to win a match in the Russian Premier League this season. However, Sochi have managed three consecutive draws, including two 0-0, which should give them some belief for their next game.
The Russian Premier League match will be played between FC Ural and PFC Sochi at Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg, in the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia. The ground has a capacity of 35,061.
The game will start at 08:30 PM (IST), on Monday, August 26.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
FC Ural – W W L D L L
PFC Sochi – L L L D D D
FC Ural Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
FC Ural Probable XI:
Yaroslav Godzyur (GK), Mikhail Merkulov, Denis Polyakov, Varazdat, Denys Kulakov, Nikolay Dimitrov, Andrey Egorychev, Rafal Augustyniak, Yuri Bavin, Eric Bicalfi, Andrei Panyukov
PFC Sochi FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
PFC Sochi Probable XI:
Soslan Dzhanaev (GK), Ivan Novoseltsev, Igor Yurganov, Fedor Kudryashov, Elmir Nabiullin, Dusan Lagator, Ibrahim Tsallagov, Christian Noboa, Timofey Margasov, Dmitriy Poloz, Anton Zabolotny
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Eric Bicalfi: Hasn't scored in the last three league games, but the 31-year-old is clearly the most dangerous players in this team. For he can be decisive with his passing, while his goal-scoring abilities can't be questioned either.
Vladimir Iljin: He has been registering some serious stats this season, despite featuring mainly from the bench. Go with him in your Dream11 team.
Dmitriy Poloz: Scored the equalizer in the last game, his first goal of the season. Overall he had a fantastic game, giving both Shakhov and Sivakov many nervy moments in the match.
With the goal drought finally ending, the 28-year-old will be brimming with confidence.
Christian Noboa: The engine of the team. A provider, good tackler with the passing range which makes him one of the standout players in this team.
Surely, Ural must have worked out some plan for him, because the 34-year-old can dictate the proceedings from the midfield.
More options from PFC Sochi:
URY vs SO Dream11 potential winner:
PFC Sochi should at least get a draw here.