Georgian champions FC Torpedo Kutaisi are ready to face the challenge of FC Lokomotiv Tbilisi when the Georgian Premier League restarts on Friday after the winter break. The arch-rivals are separated by five points, and both face tough fixtures this weekend.
Dinamo fixture moved
FC Dinamo Tbilisi, led by Croatian head coach Ivo Susak, will be taking on outsiders FC Samgurali Tskaltubo in the only game on Friday. The fixture had to be moved forward, as the Georgian national rugby team are due to receive Russia on Sunday.
Dinamo will be boosted by three new signings completed this week. Brazilian midfielder Carlos Alberto Da Rocha is expected to make his debut as well as Georgi Anchabadze. Another new signing, Alexandre Gogoberishvili, is out for a month with an injury. Susak said that he expected his team, who are sixth in the table, to at least stay in the top six.
Tough task for WIT
All the sides in the division will play four more matches before the league separates into two six-team groups. Dinamo Tbilisi’s rivals for a top-six place, FC WIT Georgia Tbilisi, will be facing a hard task on Saturday against Torpedo Kutaisi. WIT head coach, Gocha Tkebuchava, will be hoping to capitalise on the difficulties experienced by the title-holders, whose Georgian international goalkeeper signed for Dinamo Tbilisi during the winter break. Their new No1, Nikoloz Togonidze, is ineligible to play on Saturday.
Tskhadadze makes comeback
Third-placed FC Merani-91 Tbilisi host second-placed FC Lokomotiv Tbilisi. Former Georgia captain and Lokomotiv head coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze is set to make a comeback in the top flight after retiring two years ago, and is hoping to catch the eye of national team coach Alexandre Chivadze.
Rusatvi's home from home
FC Gorda Rustavi will meet FC Sioni Bolnisi at the Shevardeni stadium in Tbilisi, as their new stadium in Rustavi is still under construction. Sioni will be boosted by the return of their striker Georgi Koridze, who was on loan to Cypriot side Ermis Aradippos FC. Elsewhere, FC Dinamo Batumi face FC Guria Lanchkhuti, and FC Kolkheti-1913 will play FC Metalurgi Zestaponi.
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