The Slavic Football Union understands that it can be tough attempting to delve into the various league’s of the East, so we have introduced a new feature outlining the 3 fixtures that we feel deserve your attention each weekend.
Zenit St Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow, Russian Premier League, Saturday 14th April, 16:00 GMT.
A victory for Zenit could see them take a 14 point lead over their opponents at the top of the table, with only 6 games of the season remaining. The league title may be all but wrapped up for the side from St Petersburg however CSKA desperately need a win to maintain a cushion between themselves and the likes of Spartak and Dinamo Moscow, who are edging closer to a Champions League place at the expense of their city rivals. This game may no longer be the title decider that many would have predicted several months ago, however there is still plenty for CSKA to play for – including their pride.
Oţelul Galaţi vs Steaua Bucureşti, Romanian Liga I, Saturday 14th April, 18:00 GMT.
Oţelul Galaţi’s recent forays in the Champions League may have alerted them to football fans outside of their native Romania however their domestic form has been somewhat inconsistent for it. A victory against Steaua could well see the club leapfrog Vaslui in 5th while drawing level on points with Rapid Bucureşti – who face strugglers Voinţa Sibiu on Sunday. Steaua will take to field knowing that only a victory will keep them in touching distance of the league leaders, and Transylvania’s finest, CFR Cluj.
Kalju vs FK Flora, Estonian Meistriliiga, Saturday 14th April, 12:00 GMT.
This is a battle of last season’s top two – with Flora coming out victorious – however it looks as though the roles may well be set to reverse if recent form is anything to go by. Kalju’s form has been imperious in the opening six matches of the season – winning five and drawing one – with goals flying in from left, right and centre. Flora, however, represent the club’s biggest test of the season so far and the result could well set the trend for the next few months. Flora’s shock home defeat against Kuressaare at the end of March has been followed up by two consecutive victories however Kalju will sense a chink in the armour of Estonia’s most successful club.