Tallinna Kalev travel across the capital hoping to avoid a third thrashing in four matches, as they visit FC Infonet at Sportland Arena.
The hosts will be looking to continue their recent run of decent form, but their hopes of a top three finish look to be fading fast.
FOCUS ON INFONET (5/10, 32 pts)
Last week’s 0-0 draw with Kalju saw Infonet extend their unbeaten run to four matches (two wins and two draws). The fact that the two wins were against teams below them in the league, however, has further solidified their place in mid-table, rather than as European qualification hopefuls.
They have also failed to win in any of their last four home games, something which might give the visitors a little hope.
Manucho will head their 4-2-3-1 formation, with Aidara sitting behind him. Jevgeni Harin should continue on the left, with Maksim Lipin or Oleg Valov on the right. Infonet’s attacking midfield trio appears to be something of an unsteady ship, with a number of changes over the last few games.
Aleks Mones remains out of action, so the defence should consist of Trevor Elhi, Vladimir Avilov, Andrei Kalimullin and Aleksandr Semakhin, should he earn a recall.
Konstantin Nahk and Tanel Melts will form the centre of midfield.
Nahk Avilov and Harin are all a yellow card away from suspension.
Key man: Manucho
The Infonet striker carries their main threat, and he must show his goalscoring skills in light of recent disciplinary issues. Aidara’s return to some form could also prove to be key.
FOCUS ON KALEV (9/10, 12 pts)
From their last six games, Kalev have managed to pick up seven points, more than half of their season total. Wins over Johvi and Narva, coupled with a draw against Tammeka, have seen them stay in the survival hunt, but 9-0 and 6-1 defeats to Levadia and Sillamae in that six match period shows exactly why they are struggling.
Another fact is that they have lost their last six away games on the bounce. Any hope they might have from Infonet's recent home record is sure to be quashed by this little nugget of information.
In another 4-2-3-1 formation, Aleksei Naariste should continue up front in place of Aleksei Belov as the latter is still on trial in Germany. Lasha Omanidze carries Kalev’s main threat from the left, with Ionel Armean and Gregor Aru getting the nod last time out in the centre and on the right respectively. Hans-Kristjan Hansberg could return, however, and would take his place on the right of midfield in place of Aru.
Johannes Kukebal and Nikita Koger began in the centre of midfield last time out, but a return for Egert Heintare and/or Juri Gavrilov may see Sean Tremaine Whalen move forward from defence.
Kalev will have to do without the services of four players in the form of Ragnar, Sten Teino, Henry Niinlaub and Lauri Välja, with the former three deciding to move to beach soccer, and the latter having move to 4th tier side MC Tallinn.
Key man: Lasha Omanidze
Omanidze had a blinder in the 3-1 win over Kalev, and he needs to show that kind of form here if Kalev are to get anything. His running on the left and cutting inside needs to trouble Nahk and Melts, and Kalev might need to rely on him for that.
The two-man midfield’s of both sides will cancel out the central attacking midfield threats, so the emphasis will be on the wings. Omanidze is sure to be Kalev’s main threat, but he might have his work cut out helping with the Infonet threat. Manucho’s movement in the centre will need to be shackled by Kalev, as the deliveries from the wings will be pounced upon if not dealt with.
FC INFONET VS. TALLINNA KALEV HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)
Infonet's wins: 4
Kalev’s wins: 2
Goals scored by Infonet: 16
Goals scored by Kalev: 6
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Infonet's rows: Konstantin Nahk (DM) 152 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Aleksei Belov (CF) 8 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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BETTING TIP (by Angelo Palmeri)
In the top5, FC Infonet are the side that has scored less (35 goals, against an average of 48 among Flora, Levadia, Kalju and Sillamäe). However, when comes to party at the expenses of the Kalev defence (69 goals suffered and the 100 goals achievement very probable at the end of season) FC Infonet have been as consistent as the other powerhouses have. 6-0 win in the first round and 3-1 away in the second, a total amout of 9 goals scored. As a consquence, the Over option is still the most adviceable one and it's offered by Optibet for the 2,5 at 1.30
Tip: Over 2,5
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Mart Martin is the match director of the Infonet-Kalev clash. The 35-year-old has whistle 106 games in Premium Liiga showing 452 yellow cards (4,26 per game) and 14 straigh red cards. 15 players have been sent off for double booking.
Jaan Roos and Marek Lillmaa are the assistant referees with Urmo Visnapuu overlooking from the technical area.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
Kick-off at Sportland Arena on the 13th of July 2014 at 19:00, game streamed by the Estonian FA website, link available here few minutes before the game.
5€ the entrance fee, 3€ if you mark yourself as 'Going' in the Facebook event. Kids up to 16-year-old of age in for free.