«Arsenal» and «Orenburg» will play butt matches for the right to play in the Premier League

© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Werecoverdata in fotobanka among the clubs of Premier League Arsenal — Krasnodar. Archival photo«Arsenal» and «Orenburg» will play butt matches for the right to play in the Premier League© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Werecoverdata the image Bank

The final composition of participants of the Russian football Premier League season-2017/18 will be determined by the outcome of the play-offs, which will be held on Thursday and Sunday.

The Tula Arsenal, who finished in 14th place in the Premier League-2016/17, will meet with the 3rd team in the championship FNL — Krasnoyarsk «Yenisei» and «Orenburg» (13-th place in the championship of Russia) will compete for the right to maintain residence in the Premier League in matches against «SKA Khabarovsk» (4th in Germany). The first meeting will be held on may 25, Krasnoyarsk, and Khabarovsk, and the return may 28 in Tula and Orenburg.

«Gunsmiths» once again on the brink

Arsenal are unlikely to want to continue the trend of annual journeys from the Premier League to the first division and back, so the club from Tula, who left the zone of direct relegation from the Premier League through the defeat of the Moscow «Spartak» in the 30th round, I will try to migrate all the best of this match in the next two. In this case, statistics of personal meetings with «Yenisei» is in favor of «Arsenal» only by a small margin. Drawing four «arms» had four victories and three defeats.

Unfortunately, headaches Tula club said the fans of «Spartacus» broke the gate and damaged the heating system field of the stadium «Arsenal». According to the management team, the damage amounted to about 1 million rubles, had to remove part of the lawn, but for the return leg, the field should be normalized. Of concern and the opportunity to participate in the «joints» of Vladimir Gabulov called by the Russian team, but the RFU allowed the goalkeeper to take part at least in the first game.

However, as noted by the defender of CSKA Vasily Berezutsky, Arsenal is probably the weakest team of the second half of the championship. «For me it’s amazing and very strange result (victory over «Spartak» with the account 3:0): Arsenal seemed to spring almost the weakest team of the championship. Probably a permanent celebration (of the championship «Spartak») the last two weeks gave still felt — other explanation I do not have».

To make history

«Yenisei» under the guidance of the legend of «Spartak» Andrey Tikhonov has shown itself this season with a strong team, and another memorable victory in the 1/16 finals of the Cup of Russia over CSKA, and the first chance in history to reach the elite national championship, the team is unlikely to want to miss.

«Orenburg» met with «SKA-Khabarovsk» ten times, and victories for the team of Robert Evdokimova less: three against four defeats. After Alexei Poddubsky replaced at the helm of the team Andrey Gordeev, the festival has won a place in «the joints» and the opportunity for the first time in history to play in the top division of the championship of Russia. Orenburg suffered a major loss: in a match 30-go round against «Rostov» the red card and automatic disqualification on one match got striker Michal ďuriš.

«If SKA will be able to get to the Premier League, it would certainly be a joyous event for all of us, — quotes words of the Governor of Khabarovsk territory Vyacheslav Shport website of «SKA-Khabarovsk». But on the other hand, if it happens, will increase the degree of mutual responsibility. We necessarily put on the leaders of the club and region specific tasks on maintenance and equipment of the stadium».