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Nõmme Kalju vs. Tammeka Tartu match preview

Angelo PalmeriComment

FOCUS ON KALJU (3/10, 39p)
The European campaign cost another couple of injuries and Prins' hair are getting whiter as he admitted in the press conference after the game against FRAM. The last 15 minutes of the home game against the Icelandic have made Prins worried about the real capacity of his side to control a game they should be winning. Nothing worse ahead of a clash with a minnow they are supposed to dominate. If Prins will give up to Nunes, a player he defined as 'original' for his ability to play both up front and on the flank, it might be the right moment for Jarmo Ahjupera. Prins said clearly they are working to bring him back on the pitch in the best possible shape. The game against Tammeka might serve as a test ahead of the home game against Lech Poznan on Thursday.

Injuries
The European campaign cost another couple of injuries. Toomet left the pitch limping (however it shall not be anything serious) and Nunes pulled a muscle. They just add up to Neemelo out for a while (until end of August), Kimbaloula (season ended) and Śiśov (twisted ankle). Additionally, central defender Bärengrub will miss for suspension. Vunk is just one card away from that.

Key-man: Damiano Quintieri
Against FRAM he hit a bar and squandered a chance for his own mistake as he admitted in a post-match interview. With Kimbaloula out, he's the quality man all Kalju fans are looking at in the time of need. Against Tammeka it's the good chance to score his second seasonal goal.

FOCUS ON TAMMEKA (8/10, 13p)
The win in Narva boosted Koser's man morale and table. The salvation now it doesn't look like an impossible achievement. If they will manage to take points away of all the direct rivals (Lokomotiv, Kalev and Narva Trans) in the third round and manage to grab something off Paide's hands, they might reach the 7th place with a good view to the 6th. They travel to Tallinn with no big expectation for making points, however the 2013 runners-up are coming from two tight battles (FC Infonet and FRAM Reykjavik) and will have to make necessary rotation. If there were ever a chance to leave Kadriorg with something, this would be the best one of the season.

Injuries
Contrary to Kalju's infirmary room, Tammeka's is getting little by little empty. The very last one to return on the pitch was captain Jürgen Lorenz who entered Trans-Tammeka in second half. 
Śabanov and Tekko will not play due to suspension whereas both Simo Tenno and Paju are just one card away.
Tammeka have brought in Tanel Joosep (a former Tammeka youth) and Martin Hurt (still to be registered) during the transfer window. Karel Kiidron seems close to play.


Key-man: Kristian Tiirik
We are not very original in hinting at him week after week, however he is the real leader of the Tammeka side both for experience and for his goal tally (9 this season, 54 overal in Premium Liiga). With Kalju's defence showing cracks in their solidity, he might bring headaches to Reintam and Rodrigues (who shall replace Bärengrub) with his wits and dynamism. Expect a famous goal.

 

Nõmme Kalju's XI in the European tie against FRAM and Tammeka with the winning XI in Narva (www.transfermarkt.ee)

Nõmme Kalju's XI in the European tie against FRAM and Tammeka with the winning XI in Narva (www.transfermarkt.ee)

TACTICAL KEYS

Koser knows perfectly Kalju have the urgence to make points (only seven in the last five games with Flora taking off) and will be quite happy to leave the initiative to the home team and strike in counterattack with his quick youngsters (Rääbis, Miller). Looking at Kalju's suffering on set-pieces, he will certainly have extra session in order to make the most out of those. With specular 4-2-3-1 it will be a battle in the middle of the park with Vunk and Prates that shall have the better of Jõgi and Miller. Valtna dropping back might help the two not to get lost. Extra care for Quintieri storming on the right side of Tammeka.

NÕMME KALJU VS. TAMMEKA TARTU HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)

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Kalju’s wins: 6
Draws: 0
Tammeka’s wins: 0
Goals scored by Kalju: 19
Goals scored by Tammeka: 0
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalju's rows: Tarmo Neemelo (CF) 160 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 54 goals


ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)

1      1.06
X   10.60
2   24.10

More odds about this game available at

BETTING TIP (by Angelo Palmeri)

Nõmme Kalju cannot allow themselves losing further points. Levadia has already won and they are 5 points clear, if Flora will win in the evening, they will go back on top. The 2013 runners-up have the mandatory task to win this game. At the same time, they cannot lose too many precious energies in beating Tammeka. The sooner they score, the better it is. Later, they can practice at controlling the game, something they haven't been really flawless in the game against FRAM in Europa League. Even if Tammeka are the third worst defence, they can leave Kadriorg with a honourable amount of goal conceded. The Under 2,5 is well paid by Optibet (3,55).

Tip: Under 2,5 at FT
Odd: 3,55 (figure might be subject to variation)


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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)

The match will be directed by Andrei Karhu. The 33-year-old from Pärnu has directed just 4 games in Premium Liiga showing 18 yellow cards (4,5 per game). His red card tally is still clean.
Assistant referees will be Lauri Sailei and Artur Telling.
Fourth official is Veiko Mõtsnik

INFO ABOUT THE GAME

The match is played at the Kadriorg Stadium and starts at 18:00 on Monday the 14th of July 2014.

The ticket costs 10€ if you buy it at the stadium, 3.5€ if you attend the event on Facebook and 2.5€ for retired people and kids (7-14 years old).

Match streamed by ERR Sport here