Focus on NÕMME KALJU
The 3-0 away to Sillamäe represented 'the perfect storm' as it came on Sergei Terehhov's birthday.
We all remember how a human mistake from the Kalju's sport director compelled the 2013 runners-up to give up to the three points sweated against FC Infonet. With the win on Sillamäe's grass pitch, Nõmme Kalju have definitely filled the gap with the tip of the table (they are lined at 17 points together with Sillamäe themselves and Flora) and they have done it in a direct clash which, so to say, it's worth 6 points than the rather 3.
The squad morale is very high in this key-moment of the season as Kalju have the real chance to take off on top of the table considering Flora and Sillamäe will clash during the weekend.
The 'pink panthers' can enjoy a spring weekend of relaxation before taking on Tammeka on the first season 'Monday night' match. It will be Kalju's debut at Kadriorg and for sure they will want to start from where they left: winning.
Apart from Andre Järva (still sidelined by a nose surgery) and Damiano Quintieri (his return shall happen around the second weekend of May, assumingly in the home match against Sillamäe) all the squad is fit and available.
Karl Mööl has definitely gained a lot of points at Igor Prins' eyes as he managed to offer a great performance also in the away game to Sillamäe confirming he can be a protagonist of this season also in important games.
Until the return of Quintieri who might challenge him for the right flank position, Karl Mööl is fighting for a place with Janar Toomet. Prins might opt for some rotation considering the trip away to Tartu next week.
After trying the 4-2-3-1, Prins seems confident in fielding his XI with the same formation that was introduced last season against HJK Helsinki in the Champions League preliminaries. Instead of Quintieri behind Voskoboinikov, Wakui is operating behind Neemelo. The 4-4-1-1 allows a more compact defending on the flanks and gives Kimbaloula a lot of space to roam into. When not in possession, Wakui drops on the midfield line to help Vunk&Co. The defence line will be the rock-solid pair Reintam-Bärengrub with Śisov on the right and Kallaste on the left.
Key-man: Allan Kimbaloula
As Rasmus Tomson last week, he can really hurt Tammeka's defence from their right side. We forecast a great performance and another couple of goals. He's got already 4, 2 short of last season's tally.
Focus on TAMMEKA
An old proverb says when things go bad, be careful as they could go worse.
It's the case of Tammeka.
After the large win against Kalev, Tammeka have just managed one point home against Lokomotiv, not certainly a dreadnought of this season's Premium Liiga.
Additionally, the squad has been flogged by injuries: first Anderson, leaving a hole in central defence, then Ivanov and Naggel.
The last to be added to the list is Martin Jõgi. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder (fielded as a full back in this first quarter of season) has picked up a serious knee injury that will probably sideline him for the rest of the season. The exact prognosis is still uncertain as Jõgi has to undergo to a second surgery first before the final response can be given.
As far as concerns Anderson, Ivanov and Naggel, they are recovered, however their conditions will have to be verified ahead of the trip to Tallinn.
Obviously this gives a lot of troubles to Indrek Koser to think about his starting XI.
One among Tekko and Paju could be moved to the defence if Anderson will not be fully ready with Kristian Tiirik available with his experience to cover the central midfielder role.
Time for Karel Kiidron to wear his boots on and play?
Koser will not certainly give up to the most exploited system in Premium Liiga, however, the game against Kalju, might suggest a conservative version with actually 5 flat midfielders very close to protect the defensive line. If Ivanov will be back, he will be basically left alone up front to fight with Reintam and Bärengrub on every decent ball will be thrown towards the forward line.
Key-man: Kristian Tiirik
In hard times for this young side of Tammeka, his experience is the main resource all the team can grab onto. If Tammeka will be able to earn some set-pieces close to the box, Tirka might score his 5th seasonal goal. Not an easy task against the Premium Liiga best defence so far (only 2 goals suffered).
With a line-up to rethink, really few tactical wits available for Indrek Koser visiting the table-leaders. It will be a 'catenaccio' game trying to wear Kalju's patience thin and then hit in counterattack. We are sure Tiirik&Co. would travel Tartu-Tallinn twice if promised with a 0-0 draw.
Kalju will have to patiently develop their game and try to break from the flank, left especially, where Kimbaloula can hurt.
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Kristo Külljastinen is going to be the match director for the Monday night.
The 29-year-old referee will direct a Tammeka game for the third time in a row this season.
Only 16 games in Premium Liiga so far and 67 yellow cards shown (4,18).
He has never shown a straight red card and resorted to a double booking only once. His assistants will be Jaanus Mutli and Martin Lember. The fourth official will be Martin Salong, already busy on Friday at directing FC Infonet vs. Kalev.
KALJU VS. TAMMEKA HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 24
Kalju's wins: 21
Tammeka's wins: 1
Goals scored by Kalju: 62
Goals scored by Tammeka: 17
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalju’s rows: Tarmo Neemelo (CF) 151 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 49 goals
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
Home grass debut for Kalju who return to Kadriorg Park Stadium after the last game in November against FC Infonet, a round 5-0
The game will be also streamed by ERR Sport, link available here few minutes before kick-off (19:00 EEST on Monday the 28th of April )
Ticket price at the entrance is 10€, 2,5€ if bought earlier via Piletilevi ticket system (here), 3,5€ if participating to the Facebook event .
Children up to 6 years get in for free accompained by adults.
2,5€ for pensioners and children between 7 and 14 years of age.
Nõmme Kalju are organizing entertainment at the game with Nõmme Kalju Dance Team and freestyler Eno Lints.