Starts the fourth round of the Russian football Premier League

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Central in the fourth round of the Russian football Premier League (RFPL) will be the matches between the leader of tournament Petersburg «Zenith» the champion of the last season Spartak Moscow, between CSKA Moscow and Rubin Kazan. Moscow «locomotive» at the same time has a good chance to single-handedly lead the table, if you beat the house «SKA-Khabarovsk» and «Zenith» and the Grozny «Ahmad» will lose points.

«Zenit» with nine points after three rounds, leads the standings of the championship of Russia. «The locomotive» and «Ahmad», who scored the same number of points, occupy second and third places, giving the tie on additional indicators. On the fourth and fifth positions are CSKA and «Krasnodar», the asset which the six points.

«The locomotive» and «Ahmad» in the pursuit of «Zenith»

The program of the fourth round on Friday will open in Kaspiysk players «Anzhi» and «Rostov», who is currently eleventh and ninth place in the standings, respectively. Both teams in the offseason seriously changed the line-UPS and are still in search of its optimal play. On Saturday, fans of Russian football will have three matches, two of which will be the leaders of the tournament. In particular, «Ahmad» will meet the guests with the «Ufa».

The club from capital of the Chechen Republic in the offseason, bought three Brazilians, of which striking game is striker Leonardo Rodrigues Lima. Under the direction of Oleg Kononov «Ahmad» scored three victories in three matches, not conceding a single goal. However, the Department does not have to rely on easy points in Ufa. The Ufa, led by Sergei Semak, have a good defense. Previously, they withstood the onslaught of the champion of the country «Spartak» at the stadium (0:0) and the same as «Ahmad», has not suffered while any defeat.

«Locomotive» in this tour has a good chance to single-handedly lead the Premier League table, at least at least one day before the match, leading Zenit. The railroad was in good shape, and confident victory over CSKA (3:1) is proof of this. The team of Yuri Semin will take in the Matchday League debutant «SKA-Khabarovsk» which gets used to the new realities in the last place of the table.

Khabarovsk in three matches did not score a single goal, and recently lost their main striker – skilful Argentine Juan Lezcano, passed in «Anzhi». The railroad is all right with the attack and defence (5 goals and 1 goal conceded), and they probably will win a landslide victory in Cherkizovo.

CSKA Barcelona will check and battle in St. Petersburg

Sunday will be the final four games of the tour. CSKA will be held in «Rubin», headed by the newly experienced Kurban Berdyev. However, the Kazan team at the start of the season is not distinguished by the defeat of the «Krasnodar» and «Zenith» with the same score 1:2 and a heavy victory over the Tula Arsenal (2:1). «Ruby» on the eve of an important match with CSKA strengthened its ranks Central Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson, who joined on loan from Fulham, and in 2014-2016, advocated a «Krasnodar».

CSKA for four days before the match with «Rubin» won the Greek AEK in the Champions League qualification (1:0). Victory «red-blue» was not easy, and the match with citizens of Kazan probably also will be difficult. According to ex-forward of CSKA Valery Masalitin, CSKA has not yet shown a Mature game and is having problems in defense and in attack.

The main match of the round «Zenith» — «Spartak» will pass in Sunday at stadium «Sankt-Petersburg». «Zenith» yet does not stop at the purchases and brought the Argentine Diaspora in the club to three players. Another rookie «blue-white-blue» became the defender of Mammana Emanuel, who is ready to debut already in the match with «Spartak». Thursday Petersburgers held the return match of Europa League against Israeli «Bnei Yehuda», but coach Roberto Mancini played safe and released players treated with a little practice at the start of the season. Thus, the battle of two capitals «Zenit» should fit without fatigue, which constantly complain about the participants of the European Cup.

In last round «Spartak» quietly finished with «Krasnodar» (2:0), than convincing critics said that after two starting draws said about the recession. In addition to this, the present champion of Russia, unlike the St. Petersburg club, was almost a week to prepare. On Wednesday it was announced that the midfielder of Chelsea, Mario Pasalic moved to Spartak on loan, and on Thursday he’s already held his first training session in the «red-whites». As Mammana, Pasalic, most likely, will play its first match in Russia Sunday. In case of victory, Spartak will score eight points and steal up close to Zenit.

Schedule of the 4th round:

August 4, Friday:

«Anzhi» (Makhachkala) – «Rostov» (Rostov-on-don)

August 5, Saturday:

«Ufa» — «Ahmad» (Ivan)

«Dynamo» (Moscow) — «Amkar» (Perm)

«The locomotive» (Moscow) – «SKA-Khabarovsk»

August 6, Sunday:

«Arsenal» (Tula) — «Tosno» (Leningrad region)

CSKA (Moscow) — «Rubin» (Kazan)

«Zenith» (St.-Petersburg) — «Spartak» (Moscow)

«Krasnodar» — «Ural» (Ekaterinburg)