FC Infonet will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 trouncing at the hands of Levadia last time out as they travel to face Lokomotiv Johvi, who sit bottom of the table but having secured their second point of the season against Tammeka last matchday.
The hosts seem to be slowly finding their feet, following a positive opening 40 minutes against Levadia (before falling to a heavy 6-0 defeat) and last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Tammeka.
Infonet’s hopes of European qualification were dealt an embarrassing blow during their thrashing last weekend, and the players and staff will be licking their wounds following a number of declarations of confidence prior to the match.
They have lost only two of their 6 away matches this season, and will hope that Lokomotiv’s overall season form comes out to play.
Focus on LOKOMOTIV JÕHVI (10/10, 1pt)
Lokomotiv’s switch to a front two has seen their performances improve somewhat. Lasha Naveriani and Vitaly Kutuzon should continue at the sharp end, with Kevin Kaivoya and Svjatoslav Jakovlev making up two of the three-man attacking midfield in their 4-1-3-2 formation.
Malkhaz Garsevanishvili might feature following his goalscoring exploits as a substitute last time, with Maksim Bazjukin and Anton Vasilev challenging him for the final place in attack.
Mboungou should start in the centre of midfield, despite being a yellow card away from suspension.
Key man: Mboungou
Mboungou’s presence in a defensive midfield role will be key to stopping Infonet breaching his side’s defence. He will need to be on top of his game to deal with Infonet’s pacy attack, and he may need to drop back into defence at times as he did in the match against Levadia.
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Focus on FC INFONET (4/10, 23pts)
Infonet will be without goalkeeper Ilja Kassantsjuk and, perhaps more importantly, full back Aleks Mones, who will miss the next week or two with a twisted ankle.
The places of Aidara and Maksim Lipin are sure to be in question following their half-time withdrawal in the Levadia game. Should they not feature here, Jevgeni Gurtshioglujants and Nikita Martonov, their replacements in that match, may start.
Tanel Melts may also be looking over his shoulder following his comments about Aidara and Lipin's performances prior to their substitution. Should he not feature here, speculation is sure to mount, especially considering his controversial departure from Kalju.
4-2-3-1 is sure to be their continued formation, as anything but a comfortable win here will increase the size of the question mark hanging over Infonet’s credentials as challengers this season.
Manucho and Vladimir Avilov are one booking away from suspension, having picked up three yellow cards apiece so far this season.
The focus will be on Infonet here, as they are expected to adequately respond to last weekend’s disappointment. Lokomotiv’s attacking setup might be exploited by Infonet’s quick counter-attacking approach, so Mboungou will have to be on top of his game to try and blunt it.
Nahk and Melts must be on guard to break down Lokomotiv’s direct play, and their ability to launch attacks for their side will be key in ensuring the points return to Tallinn.
PAIDE VS. INFONET HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 1
Lokomotiv’s wins: 0
Infonet's wins: 1
Goals scored by Lokomotiv: 0
Goals scored by Infonet: 2
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Lokomotiv's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 36 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Infonet's rows: Konstantin Nahk (DMF) 152 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Kristo Külljastinen returns to officiate a game after last time in matchday 11 when he took on the direction of Flora - Kalev 5-1.
19 games for the young referee who showed 75 yellow cards (3,94) but hasn't shown yet a straight red. The only red shown is for double booking.
He will be supported by Lauri Salei and Marger Pormann on the touchlines. Fourth official Andrei Vorobjov.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
The kick-off time is tomorrow (Tuesday the 20th of May) at 19:00 EEST at Jõhvi City Stadium and the game will not be streamed.
The ticket will be 1€.