Jõhvi and Tammeka square up this weekend knowing that they both have nothing to play for but personal pride. Jõhvi’s relegation fate was sealed a couple of weeks ago, as was Tammeka’s participation in the 2015 Premium Liiga season.
Jõhvi have won two of their last four matches at home, while Tammeka have lost their last five in a row on the road, so both sides have some form-based points to prove.
Focus on Jõhvi (9/10, 15pts)
Jõhvi have had a player sent off in each of their last three matches, with 17-year old Aleksandr Vladimirov the latest culprit. His recent return to the side is likely to be taken by the returning Dmitri Smirnov, who has just served his own suspension.
Stanislav Yablokov, Andrei Jogi and Aleksandr Nikulin will continue to line-up in attack for Jõhvi, although Lasha Naveriani misses out through a yellow card-related suspension. Maksim Bazjukin will take Naveriani’s place, while Kevin Kaivoja may return in central midfield alongside Konstantyne Alania to complete Jõhvi’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Injuries and Suspensions
Naveriani and Vladimirov miss out through suspension.
Rudomin, Kaivoja, Volchkov, Potapov and Nikulin are all a booking away from suspension.
Ivanovs is Jõhvi’s only long-term injury absentee.
Key man: Maksim Bazjukin
Bazjukin is Jõhvi’s most experienced man at this level, and they will be looking to him for some creative spark.
Focus on Tammeka (8/10, 25pts)
After three straight matches at home, Tammeka travel to Jõhvi with a more or less complete squad.
Hindrek Ojamaa is out with a yellow-card based suspension, and his place could be taken by a number of players. Tammeka rotate their players around the pitch with frequency, but Tauno Tekko is likely to return to fill the gap left by Ojamaa wherever it ends up being.
Martin Hurt will lead the line, with Kristjan Tiirik supporting him from behind. Rasmus Tauts should feature on the wing and Geir Kristian Suurpere should continue either on the opposite wing or in the centre of midfield.
Injuries and Suspensions
Hindrek Ojamaa is suspended for this one.
Tenno, Tutk, Hurt, Lorenz and Paju are all a booking away from suspension.
Ivanov is Tammeka’s only other absentee, with his injury keeping him out for up to six weeks.
Key man: Kristian Tiirik
Tammeka’s all-time leading Premium Liga scorer will be the man they look to for inspiration going forward. His link-up play with Hurt will determine how successful they are in breaking down Jõhvi’s defence.
Tammeka’s main threat will be down the middle, with Tiirik and Hurt providing the firepower. Both sides will employ the same 4-2-3-1 formation, so the challenge will be to get beyond the central midfield of the opposition.
Jõhvi tend to play a little directly, so if Tammeka can resist any bombardment and keep the ball better than their opposition they should triumph here.
Jõhvi's wins: 0
Tammeka’s wins: 0
Goals scored by Jõhvi: 6
Goals scored by Tammeka: 6
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Jõhvi's rows: Maksim Bazjukin (RMF) 38 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 54 goals
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The game will be directed by the Estonian international referee, Kristo Tohver. Following the Flora-Levadia derby, this will be his 248th game in Premium Liiga. He has shown 836 yellow cards (3.37 per game) and a total of 72 red cards, 29 for double booking and 42 straight.
Info about the game
The game will be played on Saturday 25th October at Jõhvi Linnastaadion. Kick-off is at 13:00.
Tickets cost just 1 Euro.
The match will not be streamed.