Two unbeaten games in a row for Kalev?
After the international break, Premium Liiga is back with matchday XV. In Tallinn, the round opens with a clash between the two worst sides after the first 14 games, the teams of Tallinna Kalev and Lokomotiv from Jõhvi. Who will get the better out of this game?
Focus on Tallinna Kalev (9/10, 6pt)
Kalev still have the worst defense in the league, but for the first time this season they are in a situation to have at least two games unbeaten streak. For the match against Lokomotiv we can expect to see Daniil Savitski on the goal, Heintare and Aleksei Savitski in central defense and Kukebal and Gavrilov on the full back positions to complete the defensive line of coach Zamogilnõi. Butlers and Valge should command the midfield, Niinlaub and Karpov might expect to be deployed on the flanks, while Koger will have the role of attacking midfielder, playing behind the team’s best goal scorer, Aleksei Belov.
Typical formation for Kalev as they are trying to get the best out of their central forward, Belov who is in fine scoring form. We might expect to see lot of balls aimed towards him through the flanks and through Koger in midfield.
Key-man: Daniil Savitski
The captain proved few times this season that he can be the key man of his team. If he manages to keep a clean sheet it would be a huge boost for the rest of the team that are certainly going to push for the three points in front of the home crowd.
Injuries and suspensions
Coach Zamogilnõi doesn’t have any injured players and Karpov is the only player who should play more cautiously as he has already been booked three times this season and the next warning from the referee will mean one match suspension for him.
Previous reports on RdS
Focus on Lokomotiv (10/10, 3pt)
The guests from Jõhvi are really struggling to find form this season and so far have only managed to accumulate 3 points in 14 games thus scoring only 8 goals in the process. The new coach Tikhomirov had a very short time to establish his own methods of work and he is already gone. The team was entrusted to assistant coach Andrei Śkaleta ad interime. However, for this game, we should still expect to see the same starting XI from the last match against Sillamäe and that means Smelkov on the goal, Potapov and Zahharenkov in central defense and Vladimirov and Smirnov on the full back positions. The midfield should consist of Apet, Kaivoja, Kutuzov, Alania and Kulikov, while we might expect to see Jakovlev as the only striker of the team.
The new coach opts for a little bit more dense midfield from where he expects all the attacks to begin so a line of 5 players is good chance for all the selected players to show they can lead Lokomotiv to survival in Premium Liiga this season, task as high as a mountain.
Key-man: Kevin Kaivoja
The young midfielder is given huge responsibility in the heart of the field and undoubtedly he has lots of talent to exploit. If he manages to find enough space and create chances for Jakovlev, Lokomotiv fans might expect to have more reasons to smile this season.
Injuries and suspensions
Ivanovs is on the long term injury list and he is the only player Tikhomirov can’t count on for this match. Kaivoja, on the other hand, should be the careful one as he is a yellow card away from suspension.
Previous reports on RdS
Levadia vs. Lokomotiv Jõhvi
The focus on this game will probably be on the attack as both teams have so far struggled to score many goals. Kalev showed against Kalju that they have enough man power to attack down the flanks and through the middle and if they manage to score an early goal they can certainly hope to get hold of the three points in this match. Lokomotiv, on the other hand, seem to be the physically better prepared team so they will probably first try to contain the attacks of the home team and then push for a winner in the second half. In general, it should be a typical league match with lots of battles in the air as well as on the field.
Tallinna Kalev VS. Lokomotiv HEAD TO HEAD
(last 5 matches via WhoScored.com)
Kalev’s wins: 4
Lokomotiv’s wins: 0
Goals scored by Kalev: 7
Goals scored by Lokomotiv: 3
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Aleksei Savitski (CB) 7 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Lokomotiv's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 36 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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The ninth against the tenth of the table, not really the kind of mouthwatering clash, however it’s the kind of game that could offer some interesting odd for a filler. Lokomotiv have the only zero under the wins column, let alone the away wins. Kalev have never managed to clinch the three points on the home soil of the Kalev Central Stadium. With Loko undergoing the second coach change of the season (the team for now it’s in assistant coach Andrei Śkaleta’s hands) it seems that there’s no peace for the newly promoted travelling to Tallinn. Kalev come from a boosting away victory in Pärnu (4-3) in the Estonian Cup. The odd for the hosts to win seems quite juicy (2.16) and we would suggest that.
Tip: 1 (Kalev to win) – 2.16
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Second game this season for Andrei Karhu who, in the only precedent, had shown just a yellow card. He will be assisted by Neeme Neemlaid and Hannes Reivald on the touchlines. Grigori Ośomkov will overlook from the technical area.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
The game will be played at the Kalev Keskstadioon on the 9th of June, kick-off at 19:00 and the game will be broadcast by Estonian public TV service and available for streaming here.
The gates will be open at 18:00 and the entrance is 4 euros, discounted ones are 2. Every fan with Tallinna Kalev symbols will be awarded free entrance. Facebook event here.