Back in the capital for another derby game, this time between Flora and Sillamäe. The home team enters with two wins in a row, while the guests are coming after a bad 0-3 loss at home by the joint leaders Kalju. Who will come out as a winner in this one?
Focus on FC FLORA
This game couldn’t have come at a better time for the hosts. After thrashing Tallinna Kalev 1-4 in the previous round it is time for FC Flora to take on the other Kalev team, this time the one from Sillamäe. In the previous two matches coach Norbert Hurt wisely managed to rest some of his key players without affecting team’s performance which means that FC Flora will have almost the best squad available to face the guests from the eastern part of the country. On the goal we can expect to see Toom, in front of him Mets and Rähn, Jürgenson should be at his usual full back position this time accompanied by Baranov, who is expected to take Aloe’s position on the right hand side. In midfield, Hurt has a vast choice of players to pick from. The standard Luigend and Frolov should be the ones to cooperate with Alliku and Logua, but the recent good performances by Lepistu and Gussev may prolong Logua’s and Beglarishvili’s rest. In front, after sitting out the whole game against Kalev, we can expect to see Prosa instead of Post who keeps on impressing after his comeback.
Sander Post will give up his nr.12 shirt and take the nr.2: ''the idea came from Sander himself'' said press officer and marketing manager at Flora, Jaanus Pruuli talking about Sander's initiative to 'donate' his number to the Flora fans, the 12th men. ''With Sander we decided that since next game (against Sillamäe - edit) the number 12 will go to Flora fans'' said Jaanus Pruuli to Delfi ''before the game against Sillamäe, he will give the shirt to the fans''.
Key-man: Rauno Alliku
The front man of FC Flora enters this game with 6 goals in 8 matches (he scored a hat-trick in the previous game) and his self-confidence is at the highest possible level. That is why it is expected for him to take his chances against the opposition and to prove that he deserves his place among the most prolific goal scorers in the league.
The only concern for the coach of the hosts is the injury of Kevin Aloe which should keep him out of the pitch for a longer time. As mentioned before, after coming back, Baranov should take his place. The other injury problem is with Õunap who is still unsure when he will be able to come back in the squad. The rest of the players should be available for selection.
Focus on SILLAMÄE KALEV
Turbulent week for the team from Eastern Estonia. After parting ways with the coach Ratnikov and appointing the assistant Vadim Dobiza as his replacement, the team travels to Tallinn to face the in-form Flora who managed to catch up with them in the race for the title. The change of coaches came up with a lot of controversy in the team and one can just speculate about the reasons why a team that is sharing the first place would decide on such a move. Some sources say that it was Ratnikov’s personal problems that cost him his job, other say that it could be his criticism towards the goalkeeper (who is, in fact, son of the president of the club), but for now the secret is well kept in the locker room in Sillamäe. However, when it comes to football, the players should show their worth on the pitch and this Saturday it will be up to Dobiza to decide who will get the nod. As expected, Starodubtsev should stay between the sticks, Dudarev should stay on his central back position but it will be interesting to see who his partner will be for this game because of the suspension of Baguzis. Coach Dobiza doesn’t have much of a choice for that position so it can be expected to see Tjapkin deployed in central defense, while Maehara and Volodin should be on the full back positions. In midfield probably Vnukov from the double team and Paponov will be tasked with stopping Flora’s attacks, Masitsev and Kabaev will most likely march through the flanks and the team’s best goal scorer Kvasov should take on his position as a central forward in absence of Zahovaiko.
Key-man: Yaroslav Kvasov
The attacker in the away team has 5 goals in 8 matches this season and in absence of Zahovaiko, he should be the one taking the responsibility of scoring for his team. If he gets enough balls from his teammates, it will be extremely difficult for Flora defenders to keep him from scoring.
The captain Vjatseslav Zahovaiko is expected to miss the second match in a row for his team and it is still unclear how long he will stay away from the team. On the other hand, Mindaugas Baguzis has to serve his one match suspension for the red card against Kalju and he will be back in the starting XI next week for the return match against Flora in Sillamäe.
Previous reports on RdS
FC Levadia vs. Sillamäe
FLORA VS. SILLAMÄE HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 25
Flora's wins: 20
Sillamäe’s wins: 1
Goals scored by Flora: 74
Goals scored by Sillamäe: 21
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Flora's rows: Albert Prosa (CF) 71 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Sillamäe’s rows: Vjatseslav Zahovaiko (CF) 175 goals
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Kristo Tohver will direct his 229th game on Saturday.
In the previous 228 he showed the yellow card 757 times (3,32), giving a second booking 28 times and sending off with a straight red 38 times.
He has directed the clash between the two clubs three times and in each game he has assigned one penalty (two times for Flora and once for Sillamäe).
28.07.2009 Flora vs. Sillamäe 4-1
3 yellow cards FLO, 5 SIL - the penalty assigned to Flora was scored by Anniste rounding up the score for Sillamäe to three one up.
09.03.2010 Sillamäe vs. Flora 1-2
2 FLO, 2 SIL - the penalty granted to Flora was scored by Minkenen bringing the white-green two one up.
28.08.2010 Sillamäe vs. Flora 2-5
3 FLO, 8 SIL - the penalty, this time conceded to Sillamäe, was scored by Naumov bringing Sillamäe five two down.
The 11 yellow cards in the clash on August 2010 represent the record of cards shown in a single Premium Liiga game. The record is shared with other two referees, Roomer Tarajev and Silver Kõiv. All three were achieved in the same year (2010).
Quite curiously, Silver Kõiv will be the first assistant, whereas the second one will Hannes Reivald. Eiko Saar and Mart Martin will be the box referees.
The fourth official will be Kristo Külljastinen, busy on Monday with Kalju-Tammeka game.
The game supervisor will be no less than Uno Tutk, the referees' chief.
It depends on coach Hurt if he will go with 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 and who will get the nod for this game. Should he decide to go with Logua and Beglarishvili in the starting XI it could be expected to see the latter formation. If Lepistu and Gussev get the gaffer’s trust, we can see a formation similar to the one used against Kalev in the previous round in which they managed to score 4 goals. On the other hand, it won’t be expected for Dobiza to make formation changes already for the first game in charge so Sillamäe should face Flora with the standard formation used throughout the championship so far. The dangerous attacking midfielders might be the key in coming back with a positive result from the capital.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
The entrance is 4 euros (2 euros discounted for school and university students and free for retired people and kids not older than 12)
Kick-off is tomorrow, Saturday the 26th of April, at 16:00 EEST and there will be live streaming on ETV here
Don't miss the match program, the thickest available in Estonia: 32 pages!
In the match break there will be games and music.
Gates at 'A.Le Coq Arena' open already at 15:00.