Updated on the 16th of July 2014
Europa League: Nõmme Kalju FC vs. Lech Poznan (at ‘Kadrioru Staadion’, Tallinn, Estonia – 17th of July 2014, 18:00 CEST / 19:00 EEST)
Preview The win on Monday in Kadriorg against Tammeka (3-0, hattrick by Wakui) was the perfect medicine for Kalju ahead of the game with Lech Poznan. Prins rotated 5/11 in order to give a rest to Quintieri, Toomet, Nunes and Reintam (Bärengrub was suspended). Debut for Ahjupera in second half, still far from the ideal form. In Prins plans he should be what Voskoboinikov was last season, however it's a long and windy road for now. In the light of that, the Estonian coach will probably opt for the very same XI that, among many difficulties both in build-up and defense, managed to go past FRAM after some intense 90' minutes. Nunes will be up front, more as falso nueve dropping on Wakui's line than as pivot. Ahjupera would start from the bench (he is in the UEFA list now) However, considering Prates is injured, Wakui himself might drop behind in front of the defence pairing with Martin Vunk and leave space as trequartista to Karl Mööl. Quintieri will start from the left and Toomet on the right. Reginald will be given the right full-back and Kallaste the left whereas Vunk will protect Reintam and Bärengrub placed in front of Teleś. Igor Prins is not illuded about how the game will go: 'we don't have either much to hope or to do, because the opponent is stronger than us. We will try to make their life harder as they are coming here to decide the tie already' the impression is that, what happened to Levadia in Champions League has shown the gap between these clubs and the Estonian ones.
Lech Poznan are travelling to Tallinn in the middle of season preparation. There will be 500 Polish fans travelling to Tallinn which will be already a good support for the Polish runners-up (average attendance of Estonian domestic league is around 250 people). Teodorcyzk is not travelling to Tallinn. The Polish international is still recovery from his knee ligaments injury and he will not be available for the first seasonanal game of the 'railmen'. Same goes for Kebba Ceesay, out until November. However Rumak can count on Linetty, a player who turned down Tottenham Hotspur and has other clubs interested in him (Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal to name few). His quality together with Rumak's dynamic 4-2-3-1, shall guarantee Lech a safe return to Poznan half way to the qualification.
Betting tip: The humiliating result collected by Levadia in Prague has probably further worried Igor Prins and the fans. Last year with Viktoria Plzen it was a 0-4 in 'A.Le Coq Arena' and Lech Poznan are the Polish runners-up. Kalju are reaching this game with some line-up issue and the impression that the good game shown in the first part of season has got lost. Probably they will manage to avoid so many goals in, however it is very likely Lech will fly back to Poland with a win. The 2 at FT with Optibet is a juicy 1.55
Tip: 2 at FT
Odd: 1.55 (might be subject to variation)
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Europa League: Sillamäe Kalev vs. FC Krasnodar (at ‘Lilleküla Staadion’, Tallinn, Estonia – 17th of July 2014, 20:30 CEST / 21:30 EEST)
Preview Sillamäe fought proudly against tableleader Flora, however they had to capitulate in second half after one hour of game when they had to pay the toll to physical fatigue. The new coach, Frantsev, did not opt for rotation and fielded the typical XI and almost all the same men that clinched the historical qualification in Finland on 120' minutes of extra time against FC Honka. A rest was given to full-back Volodin and midfielder Silich, with the latter playing the last fifteen minutes of the game. It will be 4-2-3-1 with Kabaev fighting against the Scandinavian giants pairing in the Krasnodar defence. Sillamäe president, Aleksandr Starodubtsev, was realist about his side's chances to pass the leg when speaking to UEFA.com: 'Do we have a chance? Just think what kind of players Krasnodar have and see the difference. We will certainly fight, we will do our best to defend the reputation of Estonian football, but our clubs are just in a different weight category. Totally different, in all senses. Still, we will ask our players to show we are a team, that we are true men'. FC Krasnodar are at their first UEFA game ever in their young history (club was founded in 2008!) and managed to get here by overcoming no less than Spartak Moscow in a play-off. The big absent of FC Krasnodar will be Pavel Mamaev, almost signed by Man United in 2013. For the rest Kononov will have his typical XI with Brystrov, Joazinho and Wanderson up front. Krasnodar has had a couple of friendly games against Celtic FC (1-3) and Olympiakos Pireus (2-0).
Betting tip: notwithstanding Sillamäe probably got the easiest of the three opponents drawn to the Estonian clubs, the gap with a Russian Prem'er Liga club will still be evident. Sillamäe might proudly resist for 20/30 minutes, however Kasnodar can hit the goal several time. The Over 2,5 option is still the best one to put your stake on at 1,41. If you believe FC Krasnodar can do Over 3,5, the offer is 1.99
Precedents between Estonian and Russian clubs
Info about Sillamäe Kalev
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Tip: Over 2,5
Odd: 1,41 (might be subject to variation)
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