Focus on FC FLORA (2/10, 24pts)
Three wins in a row with the goal party against Kalev under the pouring rain have certainly been a huge moral boost for Norbert Hurt's band. After breaking the spell in the Supercup, Flora have managed once and again not to lose to Levadia. The first game in Sportland showed the young side as up for the job against the 2013 Champions.
Albert Prosa has been called up for the Baltic Cup by Estonian national team coach, Magnus Pehrsson. A stimulating factor for the Premium Liiga topscorer.
The Flora infirmary is empty as also Kevin Aloe is fully recovered and he is available. Jürgenson is cautioned, another yellow card will mean he will miss the game against FC Infonet on Friday evening.
Norbert Hurt will probably stick to his 4-2-3-1 and is only doubt will be whether to field Frolov or Lepistu as he's been rotating the two midfielders across the whole season so far. Logua form is also improving as we enter into the Summer and he shall be a sure starter instead of Gussev. Begla will guide from the trequartista position.
He did not get a call for the national team, however if his scoring sheet and performances improve, he could be a next-in-queue. The derby against Levadia could be the best chance to shine as Magnus Pehrsson will likely attend the game.
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Focus on LEVADIA (3/10, 25pts)
No matter what happens, Levadia are there.
The past two weeks were not easy ones for the Kristal's band: first the matchfixing scandal that deprived the defensive line of Jahhimovitś and then the bad injury picked up by Rättel at the end of first half against FC Infonet. The 21-year-old talent not only will have to give up to the national team call against Gibraltar, but was sidelined by a bad injury to his knee. He will be out for 5 months, which means his season is virtually over.
On the good news side, Levadia have won their 8th Estonian Cup during the weekend after an apparently easy game against Santos Tartu. The third tier side battled proudly and certainly Levadia had to put some effort in what was a large win (4-0). Additionally, Vladislav Ivanov scored a brace following the hattrick in the game against Infonet.
Does it mean Kristal has finally found a solution to the forward line problems? It would if Ivanov would confirm himself in a big clash like the Tallinn 'El Clasico'. At the same time, having just Ivanov and Teever available (with the young Rohtla ready just in case) it is not the broad choice the 40-year-old coach was hoping of. The club is certainly already operating on the transfer market to find the correct profile to fill the missing positions.
In defence Kristal will continue with Podholjuzin as central defence and Kulinits on the right flank as it really seems he has not been impressed with Volchkov who watched the cup final from the bench.
If he has really found the scoring vein he had few years ago, then he needs to reconfirm himself in an important fixture. He could exploit Flora's defensive mistakes.
Previous reports on RdS
When 4-4-2 meets 4-2-3-1, the latter might give the cutting edge to the players able to operate between the lines, read Beglarishvili. Either Kaljumäe or Vukobratovic will take care to control the Georgian fantasista and avoid that he could create danger in the less controlled zones of the pitch. Levadia will probably let Flora keep the ball and the initiative as they did last time in A.LeCoq (it was in October 2013 for the Cup quarter-finals). The 4-4-2 is the ideal formation to 'park the bus' and then strike in counterattacks with the likes of El-Hussieny and Subbotin, under this point of view Alliku and Logua have to be really disciplined in the defensive phase to support the full-backs.
LEVADIA VS. FLORA HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 61
Flora's wins: 15
Levadia's wins: 31
Goals scored by Flora: 68
Goals scored by Levadia: 96
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Flora's rows: Albert Prosa 73 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Levadia's rows: Ingemar Teever 118 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The FIFA referee, Kristo Tohver, was entrusted with the direction of the 'Tallinn El Clasico'.
This will be the 13th time he directs the clash among the most-titled Estonian clubs: Flora have managed to win only once under his direction. Seven wins for Levadia and fours draws the remaining balance smiling at the greens from Maarjamäe.
In total, he has directed 232 games in Premium Liiga showing 768 yellow cards (3,31) and 28 red cards for double booking. 38 footballers were show a straight red from the Tartu-born referee.
There will be a full team of assistants for this game as, besides Sten Klaasen and Hannes Reinvald on the touchlines, there will be also the two box assistant: Martin Salong and Eiko Saar. Artur Telling will be overlooking from the technical area.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
The entrance is 4 euros (2 euros the discounted fee for school and university students and free for retired people and kids not older than 12)
Kick-off is tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th of May, at 19:00 EEST and the game will be streamed by Postimees, link available here just before the kick-off.
In the match break there will be games and Flora Dance Team performance.
Game at 'A.Le Coq Arena'.