As the Montenegrin First League prepares for an 80-day winter break, we will take a look at the first half of the season for FK Sutjeska Nikši? and how well they have fared under their new manager. Igalia Fovikac has done incredibly well for his first season in management and some players in particular have impressed thoroughly throughout the season.
Fk Sutjeska Nikši? sit uncomfortably in second position, with the gap between first and seventh only amounting to five points. The side have been languishing between the positions of first and seventh all season due to the small point gap between the teams. With eight wins and eight draws in twenty games, the side have not played badly, but will be wishing that some of their games had ended differently, resulting in the team being positioned more comfortably in the table.
With fixtures coming thick and fast, some of the poorer games can be attributed to fatigue within the squad. At the moment, the side are sitting in a Europa League spot, but will be pushing towards the singular Champions League spot at the top of the table.
The side have managed to reach the expectations set by the board by reaching the Semi-Final of the Montenegrin cup. Their form in the cup has been good, with three wins, one draw and one loss allowing them to reach the position that they are in now.
Sutjeska have to face Iskra in the Semis and will hope to comfortably beat the side who have been languishing in the relegation zone for the last couple of weeks.
Fixtures: Played and To Play
The fixture list so far is a mass of orange, with the form of the side being very uncertain throughout the season. At the start of the season the side managed to play eight games without being beaten, form they will be hoping to replicate after the break.
With thirteen games left to play in the league, and the majority of them coming at home, Sutjeska will hope that those seven games can be wins, securing them a Europa League place or even the League Title.
Japanese forward Atomu Nabeta has impressed throughout the season, scoring 22 goals in 21 games. He has particularly impressed within the cup, but is also the top scorer in the league, with the next best scorer sitting in second having seven goals less than him.
Another player who has particularly impressed is Nikola Stijepovic, who since the start of the season has featured for the Montenegrin national side twice.