Lviv Old Boy Europa Cup Battle
Karpaty Lviv vs Metalist Kharkiv, Ukrainian Premier League,
Saturday February 27, Ukraina Stadium, Lviv
Lviv’s football fans are currently waiting impatiently for the end of the annual winter break and the good news is that the second half of the season will kick off in late February with what promises to be an intriguing encounter with high-flying Metalist. The Kharkiv side currently lie in third place and in recent seasons have established themselves as pretenders to the UPL’s current aristocracy of Dynamo and Shakhtar. Lviv are currently seventh in the league, eleven points off Metalist and the country’s allotted Europa Cup places. It is crucial to Karpaty’s Europa Cup qualification bid that they take points off the four teams between them and the top two, making this game a high stakes affair for the home side in particular. Lviv football fans will take an additional special interest in this game as Metalist are managed by former Karpaty legend Myron Markevych, who built arguably the best Lviv side in modern times during a period in charge in the 1990s before leaving the club to found a dynasty in the Eastern industrial heartlands of Ukraine.