Moscow - Table-toppers CSKA Moscow will try to end a
five-match winless streak on Thursday, when they visit Amkar Perm in what will
be their last Russian Premier League match before the winter break.
The Red Army side, who have a six-point lead over closest
pursuers Rostov and Lokomotiv Moscow, will remain top of the table regardless
of Thursday's match result, but manager Leonid Slutsky said he wanted a
positive outcome at Perm.
"My team are currently not in the best of
conditions," Slutsky said.
"We obviously lacked freshness and mobility in our
recent matches. Besides, certain personnel problems prevented us from playing
our normal football.
"But there's only two matches left before the winter
break and I hope my men will show their best in these games.
"A win at Perm will allow us to maintain our lead in
the domestic league, while victory at PSV Eindhoven will open the way into the
Europa League for us. We need to make every effort to achieve that."
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Second-placed Rostov, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at Krasnodar
on Monday, ending a five-match unbeaten run, will meanwhile take on Rubin
"At Krasnodar we looked good before (Denis) Terentiev
was sent off. Later in the match we lost our nerve and failed to keep our
concentration, allowing the home team to score the winner in injury time,"
Rostov head coach Kurban Berdyev said.
"It was a very disappointing defeat. But I hope that
for the next match things will improve. We all want to go on vacation in a
Reigning champions Zenit, who suffered a 4-1 defeat at Terek
Grozny on Saturday, are hoping to take all three points in the game against
lowly Ufa to boost their morale ahead of their last Champions League Group H
encounter at Ghent.
"At Grozny we did not play at our best level and that
fact determined the result of the match," Zenit manager Andre Villas-Boas
"But we all want to finish the season on an optimistic
note. And we have a good chance to beat Ufa on Thursday and to make it six wins
out of six games in the Champions League group. I believe we can do that."
On Thursday Zenit will be without Brazilian star Hulk and Spanish
midfielder Javi Garcia, who both received their fourth bookings of the seasonb
in the previous league match at Grozny.
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