Football for everyone’s taste at Kadriorg stadium
We are opening matchday XIII with a clash at the Kadriorg stadium where Kalju are hosting the visitors from Narva, the team of Trans. If you have a look at the table it is pretty clear who the favorites are in this match, but let’s take the things slower and check out all the aspects of the upcoming game.
Focus on NÕMME KALJU (1/10, 26pt)
The home team is in a hot streak having won their last 8 games and they emerged as the firm favorites to bring back the title in their cupboards. For this match it is not expected from coach Prins to make any considerable changes as everyone who got his nod for the game against Kalev had a very fine game. On the goal we should see the undisputed captain Teles, in defense Bärengrub and Reintam while Sisov and Kallaste should get back to their full-back positions. Vunk and Fabio Prates again should be commanding the midfield while Mööl and Toomet should operate the flanks. After the great game against Kalev, Wakui should again take his position just behind Neemelo who should be deployed as a central forward. The only question arising is whether their best player from last season, Quintieri is physically prepared for a whole match or is he going to wait for his chance from the bench again.
No surprises with the formation as well. Prins knows best how to exploit his forwards and the switch between Wakui and Toomet sometimes is just what they need to create confusion in their opponents’ defensive line.
Key-man: Fabio Prates
The Brazilian in the team of Kalju is certainly one of the most important players this season. His creativity and ability to create chances contributed to many of Kalju’s goals and his deadly precise free kicks are always cause of trouble for the opposition goalkeepers.
Injuries and suspensions
Prins doesn’t have many concerns about the squad. The only important player missing is Allan Kimbaloula who is still on international duty and will miss this match, as well as Andre Järva who had a nose surgery and it is still unclear when he will be available for selection.
Previous reports on RdS
Focus on NARVA TRANS (7/10, 8pt)
The guests from Narva don’t have any special reasons to come with optimism to Tallinn. They have 3 away losses in a row and the last time they tasted the victory was in the distant matchday IV which put them in the dangerous 8th position, just three points away from the drop-zone. If there aren’t any considerable changes until later on tonight, we may expect to see Lepmets between the sticks, Avdeev and Nesterovski in defense and Fjodorov and Andrejev on the full-back positions. Shevyakov and Tenno should be in the heart of the pitch, Misins, Eliseenok and Plotnikov should be the danger men playing just behind Skinjov in the front line.
Coach Bondarenko is also using the same formation as his Kalju counterpart with Tenno and Misins being the main link between midfield and attack.
Key-man: Siim Tenno
The midfielder already proved many times that he can be the key man for his team. If he manages to keep his focus for the whole 90 minutes, Kalju players may expect to see many of their attacks intercepted in midfield.
Injuries and suspensions
Irie is suspended and not available for this match. Sinicins is the player with a long term injury and he is also not in the squad. Avdeev and Eliseenok are the ones in trouble with the yellow cards as their next one will mean one-match suspension for either.
The key battle again should be fought in the midfield. The absence of Irie is not a good sign for the visitors and if the hosts manage to exploit that and score an early goal it won’t end well for them. On the other hand, we could see Kalju struggling for almost a whole half against Kalev. The main quality of this team is their patience and the number of chances they are able to create so one thing that we can expect for sure from this match is a lot of goals.
NÕMME KALJU VS. TRANS HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 25
Kalju's wins: 11
Trans’ wins: 8
Goals scored by Kalju: 43
Goals scored by Trans: 29
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalju's rows: Tarmo Neemelo (CF) 152 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Trans’ rows: Stanislav Kitto (CB) 55 goals
More odds about the game here by
RdS Betting Tip
The 1.12 of the Kalju win indicates that the tableleaders' win is not a big concern for the bookmakers. Kalju have a streak of 7 wins in a row and are confidently aiming at the 8th. On the other hand, Narva Trans have proved that, except for the 4-0 suffered in Tallinn against FC Infonet, they can be defensively solid (still the best defence in drop zone with a mere 14 goals suffered against Paide 26 - Paide is one spot above Trans). It will not be easy for Kalju to score more than two goals, therefore our tip is for the game to offer less than 2,5 goals.
Tip: Under 2,5 - 2,81
More odds about this game at Optibet here
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
After last week controversy at Lokomotiv-Tammeka, Eiko Saar was entrusted with the clash in Kadriorg.
186 games in Premium Liiga for the UEFA Category 3 referee.
He has shown 575 yellow cards (3,09), 20 reds for double booking and sent off straight 23 players.
He will be supported on the touchlines by Jaan Roos and Neeme Neemlaid. Fourth official Andrei Karhu, who made his debut as Premium Liiga match director two weeks ago in Levadia-Lokomotiv 6-0.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
Kick-off tonight, Monday 19th of May, at 19:00 EEST in Kadriorg Park Stadium.
The game will be streamed by ERR Sport here.
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.