Zenit falls 10 points back in Russian Premier League play

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Andre Villas-Boas could be in serious trouble.

His club has just two losses in the season, both back in August, but another draw for Zenit St. Petersburg on Saturday has left the Portuguese manager a whopping 10 points off the top of the table, and five back of a Champions League position.

A 2-2 road finish against Kuban Krasnodar caused Zenit to fall well shy of the top of the table, also losing Javi Garcia at halftime due to injury. CSKA Moscow holds the top spot after a 3-2 home win over FC Ural, while Lokomotiv Moscow pulled further ahead in second position with a 2-1 derby win over Spartak Moscow Sunday morning.

That leaves Zenit well back in third, largely due to their inability to turn draws into wins, with three draws in their last four league matches.

Villas-Boas has made some moves recently that have the look of a manager in desperation. After much public pressure he (not undeservingly) benched incumbent starting goalkeeper, Russian international Yuri Lodygin in favor of backup Mikhail Kerzhakov who has been back and forth between the reserve squad, loan spells, and the first team in recent years.

The 38-year-old manager has had a rough go of things in Russia, and he announced back in September that this year would be his last in charge of Zenit, an odd move to begin with. But will he even make it to May? Not if his club continues to flounder.