Soon will resume the matches in the First League. March 23 between them will play their rivals – Kharkiv “Metalist 1925” will “Dnepr-1”. The latter occupy the first place in the standings. “Metalist 1925” – the second with backlog in five points. Therefore, both teams compete for a place in the Premier League.
The match in Kharkiv on March 23, may come 20 thousand spectators. According to the commercial Director of the club “Metalist 1925” Anton Ivanov, as of March 14, has already sold more than 7 thousand tickets for this match. It is expected that the game will come about 20 thousand fans. At the same time that the cheapest pass for the game – from 10 UAH.
It should be noted that the figure of 20 thousand fans at the match – a rare phenomenon in Ukrainian football (except the matches of the national team and play in competitions). For example, in the last round of the Premier League on March 10, Shakhtar in Kharkiv in the match against Karpaty has collected 4746 spectators. Dynamo on this day at the NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kyiv Derby against Arsenal could only rely on 7686 fans. Although a round before the 2 March to the match “Chernomorets” in Odessa “against” Shakhtar “came 10 125 spectators, and the Lviv Derby between Karpaty Lviv gathered 12252 spectators. But most of all in the Premier League in 2019 collected the match “Dynamo” – “Zorya”. However, he was held on Monday, 25 February at 18:30. But it came 12764 fans. For the match, “Shakhtar” – “Alexandria” on the same day, it’s only 2889 fans. And it was a match of the first and third teams of the Premier League.
The rest of the teams in the Premier League collect much less. In 2019 “Desna” was able to collect 5,500 spectators at the match against “Dynamo”. The confrontation between Zorya and Vorskla in Zaporizhia visited 2115 spectators in the stands. For the match, “Mariupol” against “Gums” it’s 1214 spectators, and the game against Chornomorets – 2227. Poltava “Vorskla” in the game against Karpaty has collected 1115 fans for the match against the “Gums” – 1602. The third “Alexandria” also does not collect a full stadium Nika – 1063 spectators at the match with Marseille and 1405 – against “Mariupol”.
“Lions” might not collect thousands of fans at their matches. In the game against Chornomorets came 700 spectators, and the match against Zorya – 949. Worse still is the situation of Kiev “Arsenal”. The match against the “Gums” from the stands of the stadium looked 525 persons. And less viewers on match of the Premier League was at the game Marseille vs Arsenal – only 420 people.
Most of the audience in the Premier League this season came in the match Dynamo – Shakhtar on 3 August 2018. Then in Kiev at the NSC “Olympic” gathered 46475 fans. The match in Kharkiv between these teams on 3 November 2018 it’s only 17125 spectators.
I should add that “Metalist 1925” at home matches in the First League collects from 4 to 10 thousand spectators. And the first match between “1925 Metalist” and “Dnepr-1” 11 August 2018 for this match in the river ended with the victory of the Kharkiv team 2:0. Then the game came 7121 audience.