The new week starts with a new matchday in EPL as the struggling team of Kalev faces the new leaders FC Levadia. The reigning champions share the first position with Flora but have way better goal difference than them which makes the title their to lose. The relegation becomes reality for Kalev and it seems like they are just going to wait till the end of the season and enjoy the games left, possibly creating surprises here and there.
Focus on Tallinn Kalev (9/10, 12 pts)
The team from the capital reached the bottom last week losing to Lokomotiv, granting the squad from Jõhvi their first win of the season. Now they are 5 points behind the places that secure them top-flight football next season and the schedule is not in their favour. The match against the leaders comes at a pretty bad time for them and every positive result will equal sensation. It is expected coach Zamogilnõi not to experiment a lot with the squad. That being said, we can expect to see Levizi on the goal, Heintare and Savitski in central defense, Kahr and Larin at full-back positions, Butlers and Armean should again be deployed in central midfield, Kukebal and Stüf on the flanks and Koger behind Omanidze.
Key-man: Lasha Omanidze
The best striker of the team is back and that makes their front line more dangerous. If he manages to find space behind Levadia’s defenders, the team of Kalev can expect an interesting matchup.
Injuries and suspensions
Coach Zamogilnõi has the full squad available for selection.
Focus on FC Levadia (1/10, 54 pts)
The series of events in the last 2 rounds brought Levadia where they belong, and that is the top of the table. Now, Marko Kristal’s team faces more pressure, but definitely has more to play for. The view from the top is not something they are unfamiliar with and they will do everything to stay there. After the tough win against Tammeka during the weekend they have to do everything to get better prepared for the match next week against Sillamäe which is a must-win for them if they are to maintain on top. Marko Kristal faces a couple of problems with suspensions, but he has a long bench and it is expected to have a good cover for the suspended players. That means we can expect to see Smishko on the goal, Artjunin and Podholjuzin in central defense, Pikk and Raudsepp on the full-back positions. Antonov is suspended so Dmitrijev should be paired either with Kaljumäe or Vukobratovic, Elhussieny and Penic should take their flanks and Ivanov with Teever should be deployed up front.
Key-man: Ingemar Teever
The big man is struggling with goals this season but has already noted 10 assists behind his name. The match against Kalev is a good chance to finally reach double digit goals and catch up with the team’s best strikers Subbotin and Ivanov.
Injuries and suspensions
Besides the long-term injured/suspended players, the only two players unavailable for selection are Tipuric and Antonov who will rest because of too many yellow cards.
It is very clear who the favourites in this match are. The good form of the wingers of Levadia will definitely be on display again and the balls in the box towards Ivanov and Teever will be hard to sustain. The main danger from Kalev comes from the middle where Koger connects well with Omanidze and the absence of the first team defenders of Levadia may be their chance in this match.
Tallinn Kalev VS. FC Levadia HEAD TO HEAD (last 6 matches via WhoScored.com)
Kalev’s wins: 0
Levadia’s wins: 6
Goals scored by Kalev: 1
Goals scored by Levadia: 28
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Lasha Omanidze (CF) 5 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Levadia's rows: Ingemar Teever (CF)121 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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