As the season enters its final stage, less and less mistakes are allowed by the teams. Levadia for now holds on that second place waiting for a mistake from Flora, while Tartu managed to escape the relegation zone and climb to 7th position sharing the same points as Narva Trans. What will the Friday afternoon at Kadriorg bring? Can we expect Tammeka’s revival to continue or will Levadia routinely bag the points?
Focus on FC LEVADIA (2/10, 51 pts.)
The reigning champions are entering this match as absolute favourites after beating their direct rivals Kalju Nõmme in the previous round. This is a perfect chance for them to get as close as possible to Flora on the top of the table and to hope that the current leaders will make a mistake in any of their next games (including tomorrow’s against Kalju).
Coach Marko Kristal fielded rather modified team against Kalju and that brought him a very good result so there is no reason for him to make any significant changes. On the goal we should see Smishko, Tipuric and Artjunin in defense, Pikk on the left full back position and probably Podholjuzin back on the right one after the red card conceded by Raudsepp. In central midfield we could expect to see Dmitrijev/Kaljumäe and Antonov again, Elhussieny and Penic should take on the flanks and finally, Teever and Ivanov in central forward positions.
Key-man: Vladislav Ivanov
The robust attacker scored 17 goals in 18 appearances plus adding 5 assists to his name. His finishing is excellent, his self-confidence growing with every new game and it is probably just a matter of how many goals he will be able to score against Tammeka.
Injuries and suspensions
Jahhimovits and Rättel are the long term absentees while Vukobratovic is expected to miss out on this game as well. Artjunin and Tipuric are the ones with 3 yellow cards and should be very careful if they don’t want to miss the next match for their team.
Focus on Tartu JK Tammeka (7/10, 17 pts)
As mentioned before, the recent good results, as well as their direct rivals’ awful form allowed the young team from the second biggest city in the country to finally escape the relegation zone and play without pressure. However, against them they have the reigning champions and the team with best attack in the league. In their mid-week game, Koser fielded a second string team against Flora II in the Cup which resulted in their elimination thus allowing them to concentrate completely on securing Premium Liiga football for the next season. Against Levadia we might expect to see a team similar to the one that beat Kalev last week. Kütt on the goal, Lorenz and Kildron in defense, Ojamaa and Naggel will probably take on the full-back positions, Tekko and Paju in central midfield. Tauts and Suurpere will take on their positions on the flanks, while Hurt should play again behind Tiirik.
Key-man: Karli Kütt
After keeping a clean sheet against Kalev, the young keeper’s self-confidence is pretty high and we could expect to see a good performance by him against the champions. If he manages to lift the team spirit with his saves, a surprise could certainly be possible.
Injuries and suspensions
Martin Jõgi and Ivanov are injured for a longer period and they certainly won’t feature in this game. Simo Tenno has 3 yellow cards and next one will mean suspension.
Levadia play traditional 4-4-2 formation, while Tartu stick to the 4-2-3-1 that most of the teams deploy. In this case Levadia is in great advantage because of the players at their disposal, the home crowd and the space their midfielders are able to create for the attackers.
Levadia VS. Tammeka HEAD TO HEAD
(last 6 matches via WhoScored.com)
Levadia’s wins: 5
Tammeka’s wins: 1
Goals scored by Levadia: 17
Goals scored by Tammeka: 3
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Levadia's rows: Ingemar Teever (CF)121 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 54 goal
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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Betting Tip (By Chris Johns)
With only one outcome seeming likely, it's difficult to find much value in any certain bets. 1.27 for over 2.5 goals is almost a given, but the Handicap at -2.5 for Levadia (1.65) is definitely worth a flutter.
Bet: Handicap (Levadia -2.5)
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
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Info about the game
Game is played at Kadriorg stadium. Kick-off at 19:00. Ticket costs 5 eur, discounted (8-18 and pensioners) can watch the game for 2 eur. Kids up to 7 years and members of Levadia youth academy can follow the game free of charge while people who attend the FB event (here) can watch the game for 2.5 eur.