Lokomotiv Jõhvi host FC Infonet with neither team having anything to play for. Jõhvi’s mini-revival came too late in the season, with a win for Tammeka against Sillamäe confirming their relegation.
Infonet smashed Johvi 10-0 in their previous meeting during their impressive mid-season run. Their form has since tailed off and they find themselves 13 points behind Sillamäe in fourth and 25 in front of Paide in sixth.
Focus on Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv (9/10, 15 pts)
Wins against Narva and Kalev were followed up with a fairly decent defensive performance against Sillamäe, despite going down to a 2-0 defeat.
Maksim Bazjukin should come back from suspension to replace Lasha Naveriani on the left of the attack, with Andrei Jogi in the centre and Stanislav Yablokov on the right in what has become a fairly settled line-up. Aleksandr Nikullin will be the lone striker.
Kalvoja and Alania will continue to form the central defensive partnership.
Injuries and Suspensions
Smirnov is suspended after his red card against Sillamäe.
Ivanovs is the only long term injury concern for Johvi.
Key Man: Maksim Bazjukin
Bazjukin has the experience needed to make a difference in games like this. He can score goals at this level, and his rest during suspension should see him come back in with renewed vigour.
Focus on FC Infonet (5/10, 54 pts)
Two wins in ten games have followed the end of Infonet’s mid-season run, and this form has seen them slip into complete mid-table obscurity. They welcome back talismanic striker Manucho from suspension after they had to do without him in the 3-1 defeat to Flora. Infonet will be hoping his numerous suspensions this season have got this trait out of his system, as the rest of his game has flourished throughout 2014.
The team has been shuffled a few times in recent weeks and that may continue here. Manucho will certainly step back into the lone striker’s position, with Aidara pushing for a recall after his goal-scoring introduction from the bench against Flora. Oleg Valov should continue to form part of the attack, with Albert Taar, Maksim Lipin and Jevgeni Harin, who has started the last few games, pushing for game time.
Semakhin may join Tanel Melts in the centre of midfield in Konstantin Nahk’s absence, with Taar also an option.
Aleks Mones and Jevgeni Gurtsioglujants are the likeliest to step into the fray if Infonet rotate further.
Injuries and Suspensions
Konstantin Nahk is the only injury Infonet have to contend with.
Gurtsioglujants, Melts, Aidara, Semakhin, Valov, Avilov and Harin are a yellow card away from suspension.
Key Man: Manucho
His return will boost Infonet, and their top scorer should be looking to get back in the manager’s good books following another suspension. He will see Jõhvi as ripe for the picking, and will want to challenge Igor Subbotin for the runners-up spot in the individual goal-scoring charts behind Evgeny Kabaev (Subbotin has 23, Manucho is two behind on 21).
Infonet have strength down their spine, although they like to get their full backs forward too. Manucho can win matches on his own, but he needs the players behind him to give him support. If their central midfielders can deal with Jõhvi’s, they should prevail here.
Johvi’s wins: 0
Infonet’s wins: 2
Goals scored by Johvi: 2
Goals scored by Kalev: 13
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Johvi's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 38 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Infonet's rows: Konstantin Nahk (DM) 113 goals
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Rauno Kald is at his debut in Premium Liiga.
Info about the game
The game will be played at 13:00 on Saturday 18th October at Jõhvi Linnastaadion. Entrance fee is 1 EURO.
The game will not be streamed.