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Three-way tussle in Georgia

Published: Tuesday 25 October 2005, 6.31CET
Monthly review: Competition is fierce at the top of the Georgian league with three teams showing championship-winning form.
by Soso Kotoreishvili
from Tbilisi

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Published: Tuesday 25 October 2005, 6.31CET

Three-way tussle in Georgia

Monthly review: Competition is fierce at the top of the Georgian league with three teams showing championship-winning form.
Competition is fierce at the top of the Georgian Premier League with three teams showing championship form ten games into the campaign.

Level pegging
FC WIT Georgia are level on points with FC Sioni Bolnisi at the summit, but FC Lokomotiv Tbilisi are just a point behind and remain the team to beat, having won seven and drawn three of their matches.

Magnificent run
FC Dinamo Tbilisi ended a magnificent run of seven straight victories for Sioni with a 3-0 success in the capital on 16 October, although Sioni returning to winning ways on Sunday. They thrashed FC Tskhinvali 6-1 to stay second.

WIT on form
Leaders WIT, meanwhile, claimed their seventh successive victory at FC Spartaki Tbilisi on Sunday, by 4-1, having ended a seven-game unbeaten sequence for promoted FC Borjomi on 15 October. Borjomi then lost their next match at FC Ameri Tbilisi yet remain fourth in the table, three points behind Lokomotivi.

Dinamo recovering
Champions Dinamo are a further two points adrift of Borjomi having been on the road to recovery ever since coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze adopted a three-pronged attacking formation. Consecutive wins against Spartaki, Sioni and FC Torpedo Kutaisi have sounded an ominous note for their rivals.

Ameri surprise
Dinamo are level on points with newcomers Ameri who have kept pace with the frontrunners thanks to three 1-0 triumphs in their last five games. Defeats by FC Dinamo Batumi and WIT may have dampened their ardour in recent weeks but they continue to exceed expectations.

Coaching change
Further down the table, poor performances led FC Zestaponi to bring in Georgia Under-21 coach Koba Zhorzhikashvili to replace Temur Makharadze. However, the new man has hard times ahead having earned just two points from his first three matches.

Basement clubs
At the foot of the division, Spartaki and FC Tbilisi are having miserable seasons. Spartaki have four points, having won only once, while Tbilisi look doomed after ten straight defeats and just two goals scored.

Last updated: 25/10/05 16.56CET

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