Match-up in Jõhvi between the bottom two teams in the league. The home team is deeply buried at the bottom and win in this match will give them the spark they need to push in the last rounds and try to get as many points as possible even though the chances for survival are minimal. Kalev, on the other hand, is 5 points away from safe position and a win for them will mean huge step towards that 8th place currently occupied jointly by Narva and Tammeka. Who will get the best of this game?
Focus on Lokomotiv Jõhvi (10/10, 5 pts)
There isn’t much to say about a team that failed to win a single game after 23 rounds, team that has gone through a lot this season and players for who survival in the top flight will mean achievement of their biggest dreams. However, they have shown many times that they don’t give up that easy and we expect that to be the case this time as well. Coach Skaleta doesn’t have a long bench so we might expect to see the same team that faced Sillamäe. That means Smelkov on the goal, Kulikov and Zahharenkov in defense, Smirnov and Vladimirov at full-back positions, Jegorov and Kaivoja in central midfield, Zaitsev and Bazjukin on the flanks and Volkov behind Nikulin in attack.
Key-man: Maksim Bazjukin
The winger is the team’s most dangerous player and a lot of things depend on his performance. Should he deliver in this match, Loko might hope to achieve something positive.
Injuries and suspensions
Ivanovs is out with a serious injury, while Zahharenkov, Zaitsev and Nikulin are one yellow card away from suspension.
Focus on Tallinna Kalev (9/10, 12 pts)
Last week’s defeat to Tammeka came at a very bad time for the team from the capital as now they are 5 points behind the positions that will offer them first league football next season. Another chance is being given to them, however, against the struggling team of Lokomotiv and if they manage to grab it, their hopes will be kept alive. Coach Zamogilnõi is trying hard to create a squad that will compete Narva and Tartu for that 8th place and for this match we might expect to see the same starting XI that featured against Tammeka. On the goal Artem Levizi, Heintare and Savitski in defense, Kukebal and Butlers at the full-back positions, Armean and Brolin in central midfield, Anissimov and Karpov on the flanks and Nikita Koger playing behind Edwin Stüf, who made his way into the first team through their double.
Key-man: Nikita Koger
The second striker in the team is one of the most experienced players also and he can be the one to change the luck of his team. His ability to create chances and to transform them into goals will be more than welcome in these late stages of the league.
Injuries and suspensions
Zamogilnõi doesn’t have any injured or suspended players.
Battle between two teams that use the same formation and it is highly unlikely to expect lot of goals. Lot of tackles in midfield and use of the flanks and the luckier one to win.
Lokomotiv Jõhvi VS. Tallinn Kalev HEAD TO HEAD (last 6 matches via WhoScored.com)
Lokomotiv’s wins: 0
Kalev’s wins: 5
Goals scored by Lokomotiv: 4
Goals scored by Kalev: 9
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Lokomotiv's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 38 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Lasha Omanidze (CF) 5 goals*
*Lasha Omanidze's current availability for the team is unknown, therefore the next most prolific scorer(s) are: Aleksei Naariste (LM) and Ando Hausenberg (RB) 2 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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Betting Tip (By Chris Johns)
Kalev don't win away from home (9 defeats in a row on their travels) and Lokomotiv don't win anywhere. This match brings one of Loko's best opportunities to win, but with both teams in such poor form a bore draw looks to be on the cards.
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
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Info about the game
The match is played at Jõhvi Linnastaadion. Kick-off at 19:00 and ticket is 1 eur.