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Lokomotiv Jõhvi vs FC Levadia match preview

Angelo PalmeriComment

Focus on LOKOMOTIV JÕHVI

The joy for the first point ever in Premium Liiga (1-1 last week in Tartu) was immediately killed by the shocking elimination against third tier side HÜJK Emmaste in the Estonian Cup. 

Reaching the semifinals could have given a (very light) chance of dreaming a European spot for the upcoming summer.

The game against the Estonian Champions seems like a 'mission impossible' for a side whose discipline on and off the pitch has been several times questioned. It will not probably be the game to show anything special considering the gap, however the XI will be demanded to show some pride after the humiliation in the cup quarter-finals game.

With the return of Maksim Bazjukin (a wonderful goal last week against Tammeka) Nesterenko has certainly an additional weapon of choice notwithstanding 5 men are still sidelined.

Key-man: Maksim Bazjukin

With his experience in Premium Liiga, the 30-year-old from Kohtla Järve can certainly show the way to the rest of the team and work as a motivator on the pitch. He is the man who has scored most in Premium Liiga in Loko's rows and he could try to increase his tally even if Levadia have suffered only one goal in the past 6 games.

Focus on LEVADIA

At Levadia, notwithstanding the bottom position in the top 5, they are confident they can soon recover and cut the 5-point gap with Sillamäe.

Last week game was a perfect example of how Levadia can win in the last minutes of the challenge as it happened last season when the Champions hit several wins with late goals.

Compared to Loko, Levadia have rested thanks to their 'free ticket' to the semi-finals.
However, the bad news is that Ilja Antonov will miss the game for suspension as he collected already four yellow cards (from now on he will be suspended after every two).

Marko Kristal has two choices: either Marek Kaljumäe or Andreas Raudsepp. The 40-year-old coach seems to usually prefer the latter as the perfect 'handyman' of the midfield. The nr.27 born in Rakvere has been covering any role in the midfield and seems to be favourite to replace Antonov.

Vukobratovic is cautioned and might spare the leg considering next week Levadia will host Trans for the Kadriorg debut.

No other changes shall be brought into the XI since also Subbotin has been confirming his start with convincing performances and two goals in a row.

Levadia are celebrating their 500th game in Premium Liiga.

Key-man: Igor Subbotin
He can confirm his shining form and be a nightmare for Loko's left side. He can really increase his goal tally and climb the topscorer table.

 

Previous reports on RdS
Levadia vs. Paide
Levadia vs. Sillamäe 
Kalev vs. Levadia
Levadia vs. Tammeka
Kalju vs. Levadia
Levadia vs. Flora
Levadia vs. FC Infonet

TACTICAL KEYS

Nesterenko will opt for the same 4-2-3-1 as usual and Kristal for his beloved 4-4-2. The tactical theme will be quite simple as most of the ball possession will be held by Levadia during the 90' minutes and Loko will try to hit in counterattack. If they managed to stay disciplined, they could actually create some trouble to Levadia, notoriusly having difficulties in scoring goals this season. Once the score will be opened, it will be very hard for Bazjukin&Co. to get back on top.

Odds 
1   17.50
X    7.19
2     1.13

More odds about this game here by

The referees squad

The game will be assigned to the young referee Miko Pupart. He has directed 32 games in Premium Liiga showing the yellow card 120 times (3,75). The red cards have been 11 in total: 4 for second booking and 7 straight ones.

Last week he whistled Tammeka vs. Lokomotiv leaving some doubts regarding a card not shown to a Loko player. It is his first time to take on a Levadia game.

In his job he will be assisted by Dmitri Vinogradov and Sten Klaasen as touchline assistants. Fourth official Martin Lember.

 

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Clashes in Premium Liiga: -
Lokomotiv's wins: -

Levadia’s wins: -
Draws: -
Goals scored by Flora: -
Goals scored by Levadia: -

Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Lokomotiv's rows: 
Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 36 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Levadia’s rows: Ingemar Teever (CF) 117 goals

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Information about the game

No info available for this game except for the fact that it will be held at Jõhvi City Stadium (grass pitch) and kick-off will be at 13:00 EEST tomorrow (19th of April).

Looking at previous game (vs. Sillamäe) ticket entrance shall be the symbolic price of 1€ with no discount.

The game will not be streamed.