Among Saturday’s matches, the game between Lokomotiv and Spartak stands out, which will take place at RZD Arena and will start at 19:30 Moscow time. Lokomotiv is sixth in the RPL standings, scoring 34 points in 21 matches. “Spartak” with 27 points is in ninth place.
On March 7, the International Football Federation (FIFA) decided to allow foreign players who play in RPL clubs to suspend contracts unilaterally due to the situation in Ukraine. On March 31, the Brazilian defender of “Spartak” Lucas Ayrton transferred on lease to “Flamengo”, the term of the agreement is calculated until December 31, 2022. At the same time, Ayrton’s participation in the match with Lokomotiv was previously in question, as the defender was injured in the game of the 22nd round of the RPL against “Nizhny Novgorod”, due to which he will miss about a month. On March 14, Lokomotiv defender Pablo also moved to Flamengo, before the Railways announced that the team’s head coach Marcus Gisdol had been relieved of his post. Instead, the team is being prepared for the games by German Marvin Komper, who does not have a coaching license.
Defender Ilya Kutepov will miss the match as a member of Spartak due to injury. Also in question is the participation in the game of goalkeeper Alexander Selikhov and midfielder Ruslan Litvinov. Lokomotiv midfielder Rifat Zhemaletdinov will miss the match due to a yellow card. Also questioned is the participation of Polish team defender Maciej Rybus, his test for coronavirus on March 20 gave a positive result.
The last time Spartak won away to Lokomotiv was on October 27, 2019, when the match ended with a score of 3-0 in favor of the red and whites. The last match at the Russian Railways Arena ended in a 2-0 victory for the Railways, the meeting took place on April 11, 2021. The game in the first part of this season ended in a draw – 1: 1.
Other matches of the day
Also on Saturday, the Samara “Wings of the Soviets” will host “Ufa”, the meeting will begin at 14:00 Moscow time. “Wings of the Soviets” are in seventh place in the RPL standings, scoring 32 points in 21 matches. “Ufa” with 18 points is in the last, 16th position. The game of the first part of the season ended with the victory of the Samara team with a score of 2: 1.
The last victory of “Ufa” in RPL is dated October 31, 2021, when the team defeated Grozny “Akhmat” (1: 0) at home. “Wings of the Soviets” have not lost since December 4, 2021, when the Samara lost at home to Kazan “Ruby” (0: 2). The last time Ufa defeated Krylya Sovetov was on November 30, 2019, and the match ended 1-0.
In another match of the day, “Akhmat” will meet Tula “Arsenal” away, the game will start at 14:00 Moscow time. The Grozny club is eighth in the RPL standings, scoring 31 points in 22 matches. The Tula team is in the penultimate, 15th position. The meeting of the first round ended with the victory of “Akhmat” with a score of 2: 1.
Rostov will play Nizhny Novgorod at home, the match will start at 16:30 Moscow time. The Rostov team ranks 12th in the RPL standings, scoring 22 points in 21 matches. Nizhny Novgorod club with 24 points is in 11th place. The meeting of the first round ended with the victory of “Rostov” with a score of 2: 1.
On March 10, the head coach of the Russian national team Valery Karpin extended his contract with the Russian Football Union (RFU) until the end of 2022, and it was agreed that Karpin will combine work in the national team and “Rostov”. With the arrival of the specialist, the southern club defeated Rubin (2: 1) and drew with Dynamo (1: 1).
The 23rd round started on Friday, Rubin lost to Khimki 2: 3. The tour will end on Sunday with three meetings. On this day, the matches between Krasnodar and Dynamo, CSKA against Ural and Sochi against Zenit will take place.