UNITED HOPE TO SEE OUT A DIFFICULT JULY OUT WITH 3 POINTS
28 / 07 / 2016
Riga United will only aim for three points tonight as they face Olaine.
Date published: 28/07/2016 - 11:55
Riga United FC vs Olaine
Venue: Rīgas Vidusskola 49. Futbola Stadions
Kick off: 28/07/2016 - 20:30
United have to pick themselves up from last week’s away defeat to FC Caramba (2-0). There were a lot of positives to take from that game and with the fighting spirit they showed last week, this will give good reason for United to feel they can pick up the win against Olaine tonight.
Picking up on the squad situation and last week’s loss, Mo Awada was feeling good about the status of his squad: ““Following last week's disappointment, I believe it shows how far we have come from last season. Normally July is a bad month for us as we are missing many players but this season, having focused on recruiting more local talent, we have a much stronger/bigger squad.”
With missing players, July has been a difficult month for Riga United. They have had to constantly reshuffle the players and positions, which doesn’t help with consistency, and they have lost two and won one, conceding six goals and only scoring two. And consistency in front of goal is something which Riga United have had to look at in the past week and over July, after failing to convert a lot of chances.
Olaine on the other hand are not having a good debut season in the Riga division, currently lying second from bottom in 12th place with twelve points. They remain a dangerous side though, having beaten Salaspils last month and drawn with Monarhs-Flaminko.
Mo Awada is aware of Riga’s flaws and the potential threat from Olaine: “Olaine have had a difficult season, but they remain dangerous as some of their results have shown. So we need to be focused and work hard. I will implement a slightly different system tonight, which I believe will give us better tempo and danger to our play.”
Mo Awada is still missing players due to the summer, however, they should be returning back soon. There’ll be one or two changes to the lineup, Sofian Berrahal takes the captaincy and leads the team out tonight.
Awada had this to say about the squad tonight: “I'm happy to welcome some players back from injury; we have Tadi [Oumezdi], Ervīns [Perkons] and Ede [Schauer] returning to the squad. We are still missing players, who have gone away for the summer, also Jānis [Pakalns] who is unavailable. Apart from that we have a strong squad going into the game.”