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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Preview Skenderbeu - Lokomotiv.

Скендербеу Locomotiva  
Thursday, December 10th 2015
(Elbasan Stadium, Elbasan)
21:05 Skenderbeu Korce Lokomotiv Moscow 

Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Vrabec (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fran Jović (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Fourth Official: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE) 
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)

Lokomotiv - Skenderbeu 2-0: 35' Niasse, 73' Samedov.

AbsentsCorluka (disqualified).
In doubt: Shishkin (injured), Grigorjev (injured).

Skenderbeu: 2.
Lokomotiv: 3.

Streaming (available half an hour before the start of the match):

-NTV. Commentators: Roman Naguchev and Kirill Dementiev.


Two months ago I said: "Don't stop this Lokomotiv". I was wrong. 'Railroaders' are in an awful form and they seriously risk to be eliminated from Europa League. It's not a coincidence, but the game against Skenderbeu will be crucial. 

The Albanian team is currently at the second place in the Super League, which is lead by Partizan Tirana. Despite the defeat against Besiktas, Josa and his men will do everything in order to gift their fans a last joy in the final game of group H. Josa should rely on a classic 4-4-2 characterized by two very good striker as Salihi and Olayinka, who is on the verge to join Belgian side Gent for around $1M. Cherevchenko should also pay attention to Berisha, who was one of the best players on the field in the first leg thanks to his speed and his dribbling. 

Lokomotiv shouldn't undervalue the opponent. That's for sure. Although 'Railroaders' need just one point to qualify to the next round, they must play for a victory. The two draws in a row against Dinamo and Ural demonstrated how the team is tired and still not ready to fight for the title. However, Loko must continue its run in Europa League. Shishkin is doubtful, but he flew in Albania with his teammates. If he can't take part in the game, Yanbaev will replace him. Corluka is disqualified and Durica should take his place. Fernandes should start instead of Kolomeytsev with Tarasov that should couple with N'Dinga. Maicon should be confirmed left winger with Kasaev, who was really disappointing against Ural, on the bench. 

Cherevchenko said: "The third place in RPL is a good result, I don't want to complain with the team. The game against Skenderbeu will be a real battle and we're ready to fight. Everything is in our hands."

Around 80 red-greens fans will support the team in Albania. Kick off at 21:05.

Skenderbeu (4-4-2)
Vangjeli - Radas - Jashanica - Abazi
Latifi - Esquerdinha - Lilaj - Berisha 
Salihi - Olayinka 
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin -  Mykhalyk - Durica - Denisov
N'Dinga - Tarasov
Samedov - Fernandes - Maicon

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