Focus on Tallinna Kalev (10/10, 12pts)
The 90-minute goal scored by Nikita Koger last weekend came probably as a surprise since everyone expected Paide to hold the clean sheet until the final whistle. Paide did not leave any space to doubts on how the game would have ended as the Central Estonia club was already leading 3-0 at half time. It actually took 37' minutes for Paidelona to open the score with Sander Sinilair. After that, goals just rained on Premium Liiga's laughing stock.
In order to update the numbers: 12 points in 33 games, 21 goals scored (0.63 per game) and 133 suffered (4 per game) with -112 goal difference.
At Kalev it's all about waiting when the maths will officially say that Estonian oldest club is finally relegated. The home game against Kalju might already gives us the sentence since Lokomotiv are receiving Tammeka who have reached safety few weeks ago.
Injuries and suspensions
Omanidze and Armean are returning after suspension. Heintare, Karpov and Koger are all one card away from.
Key-man: Lasha Omanidze
Kalju defence might be bothered by his dynamism and skills. He might even net a goal once Kalju have taken a large lead and took the foot off the pedal. He's got quality and potential, another Premium Liiga club shall try him out.
Focus on Kalju (3/10, 72 pts)
It's Kalju's 'walk in the park' before taking on Sillamäe for the third place challenge next weekend. With such a challenge ahead, Prins might want to resort to a bit of turnover and spare some of the players for the game in Kadriorg. He can certainly rotate one of the central defenders with Mikk Reintam. Vunk returns after the suspension and shall replace Reginald, risking one if he gets the fourth yellow card of the season. Neemelo is also risking a suspension therefore Prins might opt to field Kirss as lone striker and give Karl Mööl (on permission from the military service) the left flank with Toomet on the right. In the end, it will be enough to bring the ball in Kalev's half and something will happen by summing the overall quality of the Pink Panthers compared to the catastrophic defence of Kalev.
Injuries and suspensions
With Quintieri back into the infirmary room after picking up another knee injury against Narva Trans, Kalju have no other players missing. As mentioned, Reginald and Neemelo are both one card away from the first suspension of the season.
Key-man: Robert Kirss
If fielded as lone striker, the young (1994) Estonian player might use his freshness to hit Kalev's goal several times. Brace or hat-trick don't look out of reach.
There's very little to think for Igor Prins, the orders are to attack to dig Kalev out of their half and score the earliest possible. The gap between the two sides (professionals vs. amateurs) is enough to suggest what direction the game will take with Kalju up field and little concerns about defending. If Kalju manage to lead the game with a large result already within the half an hour, the risk might be to concede a goal to Kalev on a typical distraction. Nothing serious, however from a team with 0.63 average goal per game, it should not happen...
Kalev vs. Kalju HEAD TO HEAD
(last 6 matches via WhoScored.com - most prolific scorers www.transfermarkt.de)
Kalev’s wins: 0
Kalju’s wins: 5
Goals scored by Kalev: 4
Goals scored by Kalju: 17
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev’s rows: Lasha Omanidze (CF) 6 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalju's rows: Tarmo Neemelo (ST) 160 goals
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The match director will be Andrei Karhu. The young director will officiate his 14th game in Premium Liiga. 50 yellow cards shown (3.84) and, quite curiously, not a single straight red yet. Red card for double booking was shown once though.