FOCUS ON INFONET (5/10, 27pt)
Infonet bounced back from their 3-2 defeat against Flora with a 1-0 win at Paide on the last matchday, their first win in four matches. Jevgeni Harin scored the winner and should keep his place in the side ahead of Aidara, who was taken off early in the Flora game.
Infonet’s recent home form has been a concern, however. Two defeats from two is a trend they will want to reverse here after going five home games unbeaten at the start of the season.
Oleg Valov and Maksim Lipin appear to be in favour and should continue in attack, with top scorer Manucho leading the line in their regular 4-2-3-1 formation.
Vladimir Malinin replaced Tanel Melts in the centre of midfield for the Paide match, but may find himself on the wrong end of the deal this time. Jevgeni Gurtshioglujants replaced the suspended Alexander Semakhin at right back last time out but should drop back to the bench with Semakhin returning.
Vladimir Avilov should also return from suspension in place of Deniss Malov, whilst Aleks Mones remains a couple of weeks away from a return from injury. Manucho is now just one booking away from a suspension.
FOCUS ON SILLAMAE (4/10, 30pt)
After their four previous games failed to muster a win, Sillamae have now won four straight games, including last matchday’s 4-1 triumph at Narva Trans. Sillamae have only lost one match on the road this season and have won their last two.
Their rotation policy has come into effect recently, with Stanislav Murikhin moving into the attack to support Jaroslav Kvasov, Evgeny Kabaev and Daniil Ratnikov, also in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The former three players all got on the scoresheet last time out and may retain their places here. Oleksii Lazebnyi will be pushing for a recall along Aleksandr Volkov, but changes to the attack are unlikely.
Pavel Aleksejev and Deniss Tjapkin formed the midfield partnership last time out, although Tjapkin will be suspended for this match after picking up his fourth booking of the season. Murikhin may move back to fill the void to enforce an attacking change, or Aleksandr Volodin may move forward from central defence.
Igor Dudarev should continue in central defence, with Andrei Sidorenkov and Kirill Novikov both having been substituted from their full back positions in the Narva match, hanging a cloud of uncertainty over their places here.
Sillamae’s squad versatility gives them a number of options, and means a lack of complete certainty in terms of their starting line-up.
Ratnikov, Volodin, Novikov, Kvasov all remain one booking away from suspension.
Both sides will play with identical formations, so a tense tactical battle can be expected. The match will be won based on each side's relative ability to evade the other's defensive midfield partnerships.
Sillamae are in better form at the moment, and their attackers appear full of confidence. Tjapkin will be a big miss for Sillamae, so Infonet would do well to take advantage of his absence.
Manucho and Kvasov are also both in form and will lead their side's attack with aplomb. The match promises to be a fascinating head-to-head between two evenly matched sides, with the focus on individual battles to determine the outcome of the game.
FC INFONET VS. SILLAMAE HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 5
Infonet’s wins: 1
Sillamae's wins: 4
Goals scored by Infonet: 2
Goals scored by Sillamae: 9
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Infonet's rows: Konstantin Nahk (DM) 152 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Sillamae's rows: Vjatseslav Zahovaiko (CF) 175 goals - with the captain sidelined by injury, the next in line us Nikolai Mashitsev (LM), 46 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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Sillamäe are the best striking force of the Premium Liiga (44 goals). If they keep this rhythm, they could easily break the 100 goals at the end of season. In the top5, FC Infonet are not the best defence (19 goals suffered). Everything hints at a comfortable 'Over 2,5' offered by Optibet with a juicy 1.59 why not?
Over 2,5 - 1.59
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Roomer Tarajev will be the match director for the most important clash of Matchday 15. He has never directed it in the only five precedents between the clubs.
103 games in Premium Liiga during which he has shown 442 yellow cards (4,42 per game). Quite curiously, the straight red cards equal the number of red cards for double booking: 14
The game will be garnished with a full squad of assistants: Artur Telling and Silver Kõiv on the touchlines, Sten Klaasen in the technical area and Eiko Saar and Kristo Tohver in the boxes.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
Early kick-off today, Saturday the 14th of June, at Sportland Arena . The game will also be streamed by Postimees.ee (link available here few minutes before the game).
Entrance 5€, 3€ if you click on 'Join' to the Facebook event