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Tuesday 29 September 2015

Preview Lokomotiv - Skenderbeu.

Locomotiva Скендербеу 
Thursday, October 1st 2015
(Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow)
19:00 Lokomotiv Moscow Skenderbeu Korce 

Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Liran Liany (ISR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR) 
Fourth Official: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

No precedents in the Europa League.

AbsentsSheshukov (injured).
In doubt: //.

Lokomotiv: 2.
Skenderbeu: 1.

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

-NTV. Commentators: Aleksey Andronov.


Don't stop this Lokomotiv. This is probably what most of the fans think about the great status of form of the 'Railroaders'.

On Saturday, the Cherevchenko's XI earned a good point at Khimki Arena against CSKA and now red-greens have to play in the second match of the Europa League group stage vs Skenderbeu

First of all, it'd be a big mistake to undervalue the Albanian club. They are the title holders of the Super League and this season they arrived until the play-off of the Champions League, when they were defeated by Dinamo Zagreb. 

Lokomotiv has never faced an Albanian club in its history. In their last home match, 'Railroaders' were defeated 1:4 by Apollon Limassol, while Skenderbeu has won only one of its last nine away matches in the European football against Milsami (1V, 2D, 6L). This game will be the 50th one of Lokomotiv in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. Loko's record: 22 victories, 9 draws, 18 defeats.  

Skenderbeu is a very interesting team that plays the same Lokomotiv's football. They love playing on counterattacks especially in the European competitions. For instance, they played with 5 midfielders against Besiktas and in the whole game they made just only a shot to the opponent's goal. Their head coach is Mirel Josa, who prefers playing a defensive football based on fast actions. The most dangerous player is Bernard Berisha, who takes advantage especially from his speed. The Bulgarian striker Ventsislav Hristov has been a bit disappointing this season, as a consequence he should start on the bench. Skenderbeu should play with a solid 4-5-1 that can contain the Lokomotiv's attacks. Josa could also opt for a more offensive 4-4-2 with the Nigerian forward Olayinka that could take the place of Nimaga. Josa is likely to choose the starting line-up at the end of the tomorrow's training at Lokomotiv Stadium. 

Cherevchenko should confirm the line-up that defeated Sporting in Lisbon, with Fernandes that should take the place of Kolomeytsev. Although Denisov and Kasaev were subbed off during the derby against CSKA, they'll prepare at 100% the game vs Skenderbeu. Boussoufa, instead, will train together with the reserves team after his transfer to Al-Ittihad collapsed.

The game will be tough for both sides. Furthermore, Takaj (Skenderbeu chairman) promised €100000 to his team for a positive result in Moscow against Loko. This surely make the match more interesting. Kick off at 19:00.

Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin -  Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov
N'Dinga - Tarasov
Samedov - Fernandes - Kasaev
Skenderbeu (4-5-1)
Vangjeli - Jashanica - Radas - Arapi
Nimaga - Lilaj - Berisha - Shkembi - Latifi