FOCUS ON PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND (6/10, 18p)
The relatively lengthy break of the Premium Liiga has given Rooba’s side the chance to rest and train without feeling the pressure of a game almost every three days. As the Midsummer break approaches, Paide has a chance to capitalize the two home games out of three offered until the 21st of June.
Not that it will be an easy task: FC Infonet and Flora do not represent the kind of ‘easy clients’ to expect any help from. However, optimistically, Rooba could demand at least a point out of these clashes with the game against Infonet being the main suspect.
With the team fully available (except Uwa, out for the same injury and Mägi, on duty for his roadman work), Rooba can try and nick a point in tonight’s clash in central Estonia.
Out of the top5, Infonet are the side who have performed worst when away from Sportland Arena, their home pitch - we can count just 3 wins out of 8 games, a statistical data which may feed Rooba&Co. hopes to hold them on a draw, at least.
Palatu is cautioned, a fourth seasonal yellow card would cost him the trip to Kadriorg against Kalju on Saturday. Certainly better than missing the rendezvous with his former club a week later in 'A.LeCoq Arena'.
Key-man: anyone of the striking line
With Infonet defence to be invented by Puśtov, Goldberg, Tomson and Rõivassepp might have a good chance to increase their tally and eventually gift their coach and fans with some points.
FOCUS ON FC INFONET (5/10, 24p)
Puśtov’s band has lost momentum compared to the start of season and that explains their bottom place in the top5 and the 5 points clear of Levadia. Infonet have only won twice in the last five games, with one mere point collected away at Lokomotiv on an infamous pitch.
Whether God or some other extra-terrestrial entity helped Flora to win 3-2 in the dying minutes of the clash immediately before the break, we will never know. However, what we know, is that two-week break have also served good for the young side to rest and train properly without the game pressure.
Some of the youngsters (goalkeeper Igonen, just to name one of the most prominent prospects) had also chance to breath international games with the youth teams of Estonia, always a good occasion to improve morale and understanding whether you’re on the right track or not in a competitive and comparative environment.
The squad is fully available apart from Mones, who shall still be blighted by an ankle twist picked up in the game against Levadia. Central defender Avilov and full back Semakhin are both sidelined by suspensions giving Puśtov a slight headache on resume to think about how to smartly organize the back line.
Manucho has been risking suspension for several weeks already. Having Sillamäe next week at Sportland Arena, might suggest the Ivorian striker to be cautious with useless fouls and protesting attitudes.
FC Infonet progressed to 1/32 of Estonian Cup 2014-15 by beating 16-0 a IV.Liiga (6th and last tier) side in what was more of a training game than a competitive one.
Key-man: Matvei Igonen
With a defence that might give troubles, he is the last man standing. His focus and saves will save Infonet in the hardest moments of the game. If he resists to the wave, he can spur the team's reaction and help grabbing an away win.
The emergency in defence might suggest Puśtov to leave his 4-2-3-1 for a more compact 4-4-2 with the second striker helping the midfield line consistently (Aidara or Martõnov).
Considering Rooba will field a specular formation, it might be the more prudent set-up in order to get back from Central Estonia without any regrets. Even in a 4-4-2, Puśtov can count on his quickest men (Lipin and Valov) to set up deadly counterattacks as Manucho will keep Palatu busy.
Rooba might follow the example set by Levadia and keep high pressure on the second striker dropping, especially if that man will be Kassim Aidara.
If both teams will go to 4-2-3-1, expect a flamboyant game.
PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND VS. FC INFONET HEAD TO HEAD
(last 6 matches via WhoScored.com)
Paide’s wins: 4
Infonet’s wins: 1
Goals scored by Paide: 11
Goals scored by FC Infonet: 4
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Paide's rows: Rasmus Tomson (MF) 39 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in FC Infonet's rows: Konstantin Nahk (DMF) 152 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The game in central Estonia will be entrusted to the experienced international, Kristo Tohver. 233 games in Premium Liiga, he was compelled to show the yellow card 769 times, 28 times twice to the same person for a second booking. His straight-red-card tally consists of 38 shown.
Sten Klaasen and Rando Kesküla will help from the touchline while Rauno Kald will overlook from the technical area.