1. Narva are doing seriously
It took 92’ for Flora to curb Trans’ resistance in the border city of Narva.
Jagudin’s side had managed to build a bunker around Roman Smishko allowing the white-greens very little.
Reviewing our predictions is not feasible (the season is still young after all) however, it seems like we all have underestimated Narva Trans.
Last season, after the first round, they had collected 7 points. Now they have already 5 and it does not look like it will be easy for the powerhouses to go past them.
2. Flora-Kalju is already a small turning point
12 points after 4 games, the best attack (Kalju, 15 goals) against the best defence (Flora clean sheet during the whole 360 minutes).
It is always risky to talk about ‘turning point’ at this stage of the season, however the upcoming derby it is a small benchmark for both sides still weighing their chances of final victory against other opponents.
It’s still a derby and no one wants to lose it.
Kalju will enter the A.LeCoq Arena pitch without Vladimir Voskoboinikov, making it even with Flora missing Albert Prosa. However the hosts have found Sakari Tukiainen looking forward for more important goals in his career. There is enough for the first intriguing clash of the season and ‘great escape’ on top.
Either way, someone will lose points in favour of Levadia (they host Viljandi…).
. Pitch problems
The injury occurred to Vladimir Voskoboinikov on Saturday (Sillamäe vs. Kalju 2-3) posed again a question concerning the safety of artificial pitches elsewhere than Tallinn.
The Estonian FA rejected any blame claiming that the artificial pitch in Sillamäe (a school's pitch...) is within the standards. However, Kalju’s coach, Sergei Terehhov, raised concern around the decision of letting Sillamäe have their home game now rather than in late Spring.
We have received testimonies from players at the game who want to stay anonymous, confirming that the pitch was icy and very hard to keep balance on throughout the 90’ minutes.
As everywhere, the decision is up to the Estonian FA. However, it would not hurt listening to the players’ opinions occasionally. After all, It is their health on the line.
4. Viljandi is not dead
Until there’s pulse, a patient is still alive. That applies to Viljandi Tulevik who won with a flamboyant 5-2 the ‘clash of the newly promoted’ against Pärnu Linnameeskond, earning the first three points of the season.
The gap with the top5 will stay, however they will have their say until the very last game in the relegation zone.
So far, more points than Paide and Tammeka put together!
5. Goals problem solved, onto next task
In a long interview with Rumori, (you can find it here) FC Infonet’s owner, Andrei Leshkin, was confident that his lads were finally going to fill in the ‘goals scored’ column.
They indeed managed (Tammeka was the second worst defence…) thanks to Tanel Mets and new signing Ermal Hajdari, however Tammeka pulled each goal back and secured the first point of the season.
The next task is to win the first game since FC Infonet have collected only 3 draws and 1 loss since the start of the season.
The travel to Paide might be the right chance?