2013/14 Ukrainian Premier League Match-Day Two recap

Dynamo Kyiv's Mbokani

Matchday Two saw only one home club win to please their fans. Three earned draws in their matches to salvage a point while four suffered defeat in front of their fans. Every home match is important and you can not afford to let points slip away. Even with the season early some of the lesser clubs just fighting to stay in the top flight home wins are a must. A defeat and you fall farther behind the score you will need.

Your big clubs will win 80-90% of there home matches or at the worst earn a draw. For a club that is always on the brink of being sent back down they need to win 75% of their home matches to give themselves a chance. With the Ukrainian Premier League playing only 30 matches, with 15 being at home winning 10 of those contests should make you safe. The last two years 24 points would have made you safe from getting dropped. Clubs like Metalurh Zaporizhya, SC Sevastopol and Hoverla Uzhhorod need to be aware of this mark.

Home win and Draws

Volyn Lutsk broke the trend that was matchday two and actually won in front of thier fans. Thanks to a goal from Eric Bicfalvi in the 43rd minute they defeated Tavriya Simferopol 1-0. The match did follow the early season trend and produce six yellow cards.

Metalurh Donetsk needed a late second half goal to square their match with Karpaty Lviv. Karpaty scored first after both clubs failed to score in first half. Olexandr Gladkiy scored in 66th minute to give the road club the lead. Velizar Dimitrov scored eight minutes later to save the home club from a lose.

FC Chornomorets got off to a good start in their match with Vorskla Poltava as Sito Riera scored in the 13th minute. They held the lead almost until the final whistle but a goal from Vadym Sapai in the 92nd minute ruined the home crowds happiness. A 1-1 draw hurts Chornomorets more than helps Vorskla.

Zorya Lunhansk and Metalurh Zaporizhya played to a 0-0 draw in a match that saw six yellow cards. This result is like a win for Metalurh. Any time you can get some points on the road is always a plus.

League Table

FC Dnipro
6 pts
Donetsk
6 pts
Metalist Kharkiv
6 pts
Vorskla Poltava
4 pts
Zorya Luhansk
4 pts
Dynamo Kyiv
4 pts
Volyn Lutsk
4 pts
Illichivets Mariupol
3 pts
FC Choronomorets
2 pts
Metalurh Donetsk
1 pt
Metalurh Zaporizhya
1 pt
FC Sevastopal
1 pt
Karpaty Lviv
1 pt
Hoverla Uzhhorod
zero
Tavriya Simferopol
zero
Arsenal Kyiv
zero

Road Warriors

The last two years all you needed to qualify for European play was 49-51 points. So if a club wins 12 of their 15 home contests then all they need is 15 points from 15 road matches to get in. Any road win is a good win and can make up if you slip at home.

FC Dnipro got their three points on the road after beating Illichivets 2-0 behind goals from Yeven Konoplyanka and Evgen Seleznyov. Dynamo Kyiv beat Hoverla Uzhhorod 2-1 on the road behind a pair of goals from Mbokani. Vitaliy Balashov scored for Hoverla. Metalist Kharkiv also won on road 2-1 beating Aresnal Kyiv. Aresnal was leading after first half off a goal from Volodimir Gomenyuk but second half goals from Jose Sosa and Jonathan Cristaldo gave Metalist the win.

The defending champions Donetsk won 3-1 at FC Sevastopol behind a goal from newcomer Fred and gials from Luiz Adriano and Wellington Nem. Sevastopol recieved a goal from Denis Kozhanov.

The season is far from over but it is already looking like Dontesk and FC Dnipro are two of the best clubs this year. I also don't think that Arsenal Kyiv is as bad as they have been thru the first two matches. I still like Dontesk to run away with title again but over the next 28 matches anything can happen.

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