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Leaders CSKA out to end winless streak

02 December 2015, 15:10

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."

Also read: Ahmed Musa’s CSKA regroup for Krasnodar after Man United flop

Second-placed Rostov, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at Krasnodar on Monday, ending a five-match unbeaten run, will meanwhile take on Rubin Kazan.

"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 happy mood."

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 said.

"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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