2018–19 Russian Premier League
|Goals scored||168 (2.1 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fyodor Chalov (7 goals)|
|Biggest home win||
Rostov 4–0 Yenisey|
CSKA Moscow 4–0 Ural
Arsenal 4–0 Krylia Sovetov
|Biggest away win||Anzhi 0–4 Krasnodar|
|Highest scoring||Zenit 5–3 Lokomotiv|
|Longest winning run||
Zenit (29 Jul–2 Sep)
|Longest unbeaten run||
(29 Jul–30 Sep)
|Longest winless run||
Anzhi (6 Aug–22 Sep)
Ufa (13 Aug-29 Sep)
|Longest losing run||
Anzhi (6 Aug–22 Sep)
Zenit 0–0 Spartak
(2 September 2018)
Yenisey 0–0 Arsenal
(2 September 2018)
2019–20 →All statistics correct as of 7 October 2018.
The 2018–19 Russian Premier League is the 27th season of the premier football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 16th under the current Russian Premier League name. Lokomotiv Moscow come into the season as the defending champions.
The new logo was presented on 24 July 2018, there was no title sponsor announced for the season.
As in the previous season, 16 teams will play in the 2018–19 season. After the 2017–18 season, Anzhi Makhachkala, Tosno and SKA-Khabarovsk were relegated to the 2018–19 Russian National Football League. They were replaced by three clubs from the 2017–18 Russian National Football League, Orenburg, Krylya Sovetov Samara, and Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. Orenburg and Krylya returned after one season of absence while Yenisey make their debut in the Premier League.
On 13 June 2018, FC Amkar Perm announced that the Russian Football Union recalled their 2018–19 season license, making them ineligible for the Russian Premier League or Russian Football National League. FC Anzhi Makhachkala, which was already licensed for the 2018–19 Premier League before losing in the 2017–18 relegation play-offs, was eligible to stay in the league ahead of the other relegation play-off losing club, FC Tambov. Anzhi re-applied for the Premier League membership on 15 June and was officially re-admitted into the Premier League on 22 June.
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||Rubin Kazan||Rostov||Krylia Sovetov Samara|
|Krestovsky Stadium||Kazan Arena||Rostov Arena||Cosmos Arena|
|Capacity: 67,800||Capacity: 45,093||Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 44,918|
|Otkritie Arena||Central Stadium|
|Capacity: 44,307||Capacity: 35,696|
|Capacity: 34,291||Capacity: 30,597|
|CSKA Moscow||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|VEB Arena||RZD Arena|
|Capacity: 30,457||Capacity: 27,320|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||Yenisey Krasnoyarsk|
|Anzhi Arena||Central Stadium|
|Capacity: 26,500||Capacity: 22,500|
|Arsenal Tula||Dynamo Moscow||Ufa||Orenburg|
|Arsenal Stadium||Arena Khimki||Neftyanik Stadium||Gazovik Stadium|
|Capacity: 20,048||Capacity: 18,636||Capacity: 15,132||Capacity: 7,520|
Personnel and kits
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Zenit||Roberto Mancini||Mutual consent||13 May 2018||pre-season||Sergei Semak||29 May 2018|
|Ural||Aleksandr Tarkhanov||Moved to the advisor position||21 May 2018||Dmytro Parfenov||21 May 2018|
|Arsenal||Miodrag Božović||Contract expired||21 May 2018||Oleg Kononov||1 June 2018|
|Ufa||Sergei Semak||Mutual consent||29 May 2018||Sergei Tomarov||13 June 2018|
|Anzhi||Vadim Skripchenko||Contract expired||31 May 2018||Magomed Adiyev||4 June 2018|
|Akhmat||Igor Lediakhov||Resigned||2 September 2018||10th||Ruslan İdiqov (caretaker)||2 September 2018|
|Akhmat||Ruslan İdiqov (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||5 September 2018||10th||Rashid Rakhimov||5 September 2018|
|Krylia Sovetov||Andrey Tikhonov||Fired||5 October 2018||15th||Miodrag Božović||5 October 2018|
Tournament format and regulations
The 16 teams will play a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams twice, once at home and once away. Thus, a total of 240 matches will be played, with 30 matches played by each team.
Promotion and relegation
The teams that finish 15th and 16th will be relegated to the FNL, while the top 2 in that league will be promoted to the Premier League for the 2019–20 season.
The 13th and 14th Premier League teams will play the 4th and 3rd FNL teams respectively in two playoff games with the winners securing Premier League spots for the 2019–20 season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Zenit Saint Petersburg||10||8||1||1||20||8||+12||25||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|3||Rostov||10||5||3||2||10||4||+6||18[a]||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|4||Spartak Moscow||10||5||3||2||10||7||+3||18[a]||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|5||Rubin Kazan||10||4||5||1||12||9||+3||17||Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round|
|11||Krylia Sovetov Samara||10||3||1||6||4||14||−10||10[b]|
|13||Anzhi Makhachkala||10||3||1||6||6||15||−9||10[b]||Qualification to Relegation play-offs|
|15||Ufa||10||2||3||5||7||13||−6||9||Relegation to Football National League|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head matches won; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) Head-to-head away goals; 7) Matches won; 8) Goal difference; 9) Goals scored; 10) Away goals scored.
- Head-to-head points: Rostov 3, Spartak Moscow 0
- Head-to-head points: Krylia Sovetov Samara 6, Arsenal Tula 4, Anzhi Makhachkala 3, Dynamo Moscow 1
|Home \ Away||AKH||ANZ||ARS||CSK||DYN||KRA||KRY||LOK||ORE||ROS||RUB||SPA||UFA||URA||YEN||ZEN|
|Krylia Sovetov Samara||1–0||0–0||1–0||0–3||—||0–1||0–3|
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||1–0||2–1||5–3||0–0||4–1||—|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Positions by round
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.
Last updated: 7 October 2018
- "New Season. New League" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 24 July 2018.
- "«АМКАР» НЕ ПОЛУЧИЛ ЛИЦЕНЗИЮ РФС НА СЛЕДУЮЩИЙ СЕЗОН" (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm. 13 June 2018.
- "«Анжи» подал документы для вступления в Премьер-Лигу" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 15 June 2018.
- "Состоялось заседание Общего собрания клубов РФПЛ" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 22 June 2018.
- "«Зенит» и Роберто Манчини достигли соглашения о досрочном расторжении контракта" (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 13 May 2018.
- "Сергей Семак назначен главным тренером «Зенита»" (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 29 May 2018.
- "ГЛАВНЫМ ТРЕНЕРОМ «УРАЛА» НАЗНАЧЕН ДМИТРИЙ ПАРФЕНОВ" (in Russian). FC Ural Yekaterinburg. 21 May 2018.
- "СПАСИБО, МИОДРАГ!" (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 21 May 2018.
- "ОЛЕГ КОНОНОВ, ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ В «АРСЕНАЛ»!" (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 1 June 2018.
- "Спасибо, Сергей Богданович!" (in Russian). FC Ufa. 29 May 2018.
- "Сергей Томаров - главный тренер ФК "УФА"" (in Russian). FC Ufa. 13 June 2018.
- "«Анжи» и Скрипченко завершили сотрудничество" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 31 May 2018.
- "Магомед Адиев – главный тренер «Анжи»" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 4 June 2018.
- "Игорь Ледяхов подал в отставку" (in Russian). FC Akhmat Grozny. 2 September 2018.
- "Рашид Рахимов – главный тренер ФК «Ахмат»" (in Russian). FC Akhmat Grozny. 5 September 2018.
- "Андрей Тихонов покидает "Крылья Советов"" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 5 October 2018.
- "Миодраг Божович представлен команде" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 5 October 2018.
- "Premier League 2017/2018 - Season rules" (PDF). rfpl.org. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Бомбардиры" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. Retrieved 31 July 2018.