The game against the bottom team comes as a gift for Infonet who are in 7 unbeaten games streak. It is also a nice opportunity for coach Pustov to celebrate his award for best coach in PL for July. Lokomotiv are playing better football lately managing to get two draws in the last three games but the question still remains if they are capable of securing their stay in the top-flight next season.
Focus on Infonet (4/10, 41 pts.)
As mentioned before, Infonet are the team to watch lately as they are in hot form chasing after the top 3 teams. They are playing excellent football and after beating Levadia in the previous round everyone expects them to continue their run without much of a struggle.
Coach Pustov is not expected to make any changes in the squad from last week, meaning Igonen should take his position between the sticks, Avilov and Kalimullin should be in central defense, while Malov and Semakhin should be deployed on their standard full-back positions. Melts and Nahk are supposed to take their central midfield position, Elhi and Valov on the flanks, and Aidara as usual behind Manucho in the front line.
The Ivorian attacker enjoys a great season having scored 14 goals in 18 matches adding 2 more assists to his tally and the unstable defense of Lokomotiv will have lot of trouble containing him. If he stays at his best, his goal tally will definitely rise.
Injuries and suspensions
Mones suffered an ankle twist and is expected to stay sidelined for 2 weeks. Nahk, Harin and Gurtsioglujant on the other hand, are one card away from suspension and should stay calm if they are willing to avoid it.
Focus on Lokomotiv (10/10, 5 pts.)
Coach Skaleta has had lot of troubles this season to field the best team at his disposal but they still managed to get two draws in the last 3 games against Paide and Tartu. Has he finally found the right formula?
The solid offensive display from last week might mean that there shouldn’t be many changes and we could expect to see Smelkov on the goal, Volchkov and Lazebniy in defense, Stepanov and Zahharenkov on the full-back positions, Kulikov and Jegorov in midfield. Alania and Bazjukin should take their positions on the flanks, while Naveriani as usual should be behind Nikulin.
Key-man: Maksim Bazjukin
The right flanker is the team’s best scorer and having failed to score in Tartu, he will certainly try to do his best against Infonet. We should definitely expect to see much more from him in the country’s capital.
Injuries and suspensions
Rudomin and Smirnov are suspended and they will be sidelined for this game which means that the youngster Stepanov could get his chance. Ivanovs is seriously injured and he will stay out of the game for a longer time.
Both teams practice similar formations but the individual quality and the current shape are on Infonet’s side and that might just be the key to this match up. Nahk, Aidara, Manucho and co. are playing like that for a long time and their team chemistry is at the highest level. Exploitation of the flanks and long balls in the box is what we should expect for this game.
INFONET VS LOKOMOTIV HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Infonet wins: 1
Lokomotiv wins: 0
Goals scored by Infonet: 3
Goals scored by Lokomotiv: 1
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Infonet's rows: Konstantin Nahk (DM) 152 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Lokomotov's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 38 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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Betting Tip (by Chris Johns)
A seemingly straight-forward win for Infonet is reflected in the 1.10 price offered for them, so not much value there. Odd/Even is a bit of a lottery, so over 2.5 goals is probably your best bet at 1.25. Couple this with an identical bet in the Sillamae v Tammeka match this evening, and/or Narva v Kalju tomorrow, and you’ve got yourself a decent price for very little risk.
Tip: Over 2.5