Lokomotiv and Paide head into battle as the league’s most out of form teams, having both lost their last five league matches. Lokomotiv’s plight is by far the more severe one, with the team from Johvi amassing just three points all season (three draws). Paide’s positive start to the campaign has faded of late; they have lost seven of their last nine and sit just six points above the drop zone. With both teams in uninspiring form, there is the consolation that at least one of them will break their losing streak.
FOCUS ON LOKOMOTIV (10/10, 3p)
One of several clubs in the league deploying the 4-2-3-1 system, Lokomotiv also enjoy a little squad rotation, which could very well take place here. Lasha Naveriani, Deniss Kulikov and Vitaly Kutuzov are likely to be deployed somewhere in the front two rows, but it is anyone’s guess as to exactly where.
Konstantyne Alania should start in central midfield alongside the returning Sergei Paltsev, who was suspended for the last game, with Nikita Volkov possibly keeping his place up front. Recently-acquired loan signings Oleksandr Volchkov and Oleksii Lazebnyi might feature again as they did last time out against Flora.
Rihards Ivanovs remains Lokomotiv's only injured player.
Key-man: Oleksandr Volchkov
The borrowed Levadia defender is hoped to be able to tighten up the leaky back line, and his ‘big club’ experience could prove invaluable to the league’s bottom side.
FOCUS ON PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND (6/10, 18p)
Another 4-2-3-1 formation should see Aleksandr Vasilljev lead the attacking line, with Andrei Vels supporting from one of the flanks. Paide’s recent run of poor form has seen them shuffle their attacking lines to try and inspire an upturn in fortune. Sander Roivassepp, Rasmus Tomson, Kaspar Paur and Stanislav Goldberg have all been hopping between the pitch and the bench, and two of those four should find their way into the starting line-up.
Sander Sinilaid will take his place in the centre of midfield, with the returning Kaspar Kaldoja likely to displace Eerik Reinsoo alongside him.
Andre Magi is Lokomotiv's only absentee, with his work commitments taking precedence.
Key-man: Aleksandr Vasilljev
Vasilljev seems to be the most settled of Paide’s attackers, and it will be his firing power that could spark them back into life. Goals are a problem for Paide at the moment, and who better to heap misery on their opponents than their main striker?
With both team's deploying the same formation, it will be a case of winning your individual battle. Lokomotiv aren't bottom of the table through sheer coincidence, and despite Paide's equally poor recent form, it is likely that the visitors will just edge the match in the middle of the park.
LOKOMOTIV HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)
Lokomotiv's wins: 0
Paide’s wins: 0
Goals scored by Lokomotiv: 1
Goals scored by Paide: 5
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Lokomotiv's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 37 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Paide's rows: Rasmus Tomson (MF) 39 goals
*only two clashes in Premium Liiga since Lokomotiv got promoted last season
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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BETTING TIP (by Angelo Palmeri)
Both teams have not collected a single point in the last five games with Loko still looking for their first win ever in the Premium Liiga. Paide's table is getting awkward: from having a chance to get close to Infonet, to being just 3 points clear of Trans and 6 clear of the play-off spot. Considering the Kalev, Tammeka and Trans will have the most difficult games (against Infonet, Kalju and Levadia) it is the good chance to get back in track and win one. However, the pitch conditions in Jõhvi are always critical.
Tip: 2 at FT
Odd: 1.35 (figure may be subject to variation)
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The match director will be Juri Frischer.
37 appearances in Premium Liiga showing 122 yellow cards (3,29 per game) and 4 straight reds. He sent off two players for double booking.
He will be assisted by Aron Härsing and Artur Telling on the touchlines, fourth official will be Toomas Nõmmiste.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
Game kick-off at 19:00 EEST in Jõhvi City stadium on Friday the 11th of July 2014.
The entrance is a symbolic 1€.
Game streaming available here few minutes before the game.