Kalju back to winning ways
After the two lost derbies and the fall from first to third position, Kalju Nõmme is facing somewhat easier opponent, Paide, in front of their home crowd. Will they break the goalless streak or can Paide pull out another miracle like the one from the first matchday when they surprised Levadia?
Focus on Kalju Nõmme (3/10, 32 pt.)
Coach Prins finally has fully prepared Quintieri and decided to use him against Flora but one of the best players in the league was well stopped by the opposition’s defenders minimizing his impact on the field. However, it has been proved many times that this set-up works against weaker teams so it might be expected to see the same starting XI getting another chance. That means the standard defense with Bärengrub and Reintam, Sisov and Kallaste on the full-back positions, Vunk and Reginald in central midfield, Toomet and Kimbaloula, Wakui playing behind Quintieri.
Toomet is in excellent form, Kimbaloula and Wakui also, and Vunk is arguably the best midfielder in the league. That means if they manage to create more chances, the goals will certainly come.
Key-man: Janar Toomet
The 24-year old winger as mentioned before is in exceptional form and very dangerous on both flanks. He will definitely try to create more chances and why not even score a goal.
Injuries and suspensions
Coach Igor Prins has his full squad available, no injuries and his only trouble is Martin Vunk who has three yellow cards and is on the verge of suspension.
Latest news: small entity injury for Allan Kimbaloula who will probably be spared this game to play next week in Jõhvi.
Focus on Paide Linnameeskond (6/10, 18pt.)
Meelis Rooba’s players had tough match against Infonet which they lost by a narrow 0-1 and the coach can be satisfied with his squad’s display. That means he has no reason to change anyone from the starting XI. Niinepuu on the goal, Indermitte and Palatu in defense, Holst and Kovtunovits on the full back positions, Leetma and Sinilaid should be deployed in midfield, Goldberg on the left flank, Paur on the right one and Tomson playing just behind Roivasepp.
A formation in which Leetma is the only real central midfielder as Sinilaid often joins the front line in order to create more chances for the attackers.
Key-man: Rasmus Tomson
The attacking midfielder is the team’s top scorer and definitely the most dangerous player. He will definitely be the the player Kalju’s players should fear the most.
Injuries and suspensions
Mägi is out of the team as he has personal duties. Uwa played a bit in the previous match and he is still not completely sure, while Palatu and Kaldoja are a yellow card away from suspension.
There is only one way for Kalju in this match and that is win by more goals in front of the home crowd. That means that from the first minute we can expect a full raid towards Niinepuu’s goal especially through the flanks completely exploiting the abilities of Toomet and Kimbaloula. Rooba will certainly try to surprise the same way he did with Levadia in matchday I and attack on the counter through Goldberg and Tomson.
Kalju Nõmme VS. Paide Linnameeskond HEAD TO HEAD
(last 6 matches via WhoScored.com)
Kalju’s wins: 6
Paide’s wins: 0
Goals scored by Kalju: 17
Goals scored by Paide: 2
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalju's rows: Tarmo Neemelo (CF) 160 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Paide's rows: Rasmus Tomson (MF) 39 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The young Miko Pupart will direct the Kadriorg game.
35 games, 124 yellow cards (3,54 per game) 4 red cards for a second yellow and 7 straight reds are is tally in Premium Liiga.
He will be assisted by Raul Kaivoja and Lauri Salei on the touchlines.
Fourth official Urmo Visnapuu.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
The match is played at the Kadriorg stadium and starts at 16:00.
The ticket costs 10 euros if you buy it at the stadium, 3.5 eur if you attend the event on Facebook and 2.5 euros for retired people and kids (7-14 years old).
Another thing worth mentioning is that today’s match is part of the campaign Hooligem Koos which is breast prevention campaign and all the ladies that will show up at the stadium in bikini or in jeans can enter for free. Facebook event and more info about the campaign here.