Tallinna Kalev travel to Paide looking to halt a six-game losing streak, which was extended last week with a 3-0 defeat to league leaders Nomme Kalju. The result saw them stay second from bottom on five points, three behind Tammeka and three ahead of Lokomotiv, who both gained a point on Kalev from their 2-2 draw.
Paide are looking to halt their own losing streak, last weekend’s 3-1 reverse at Sillamae being their second in a row following a three-match winning run. They currently sit firmly in mid-table, six points behind the last of the leading group, Sillamae, and seven ahead of Narva Trans and the relegation scrap.
Focus on PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND (6/10, 15pts)
Paide’s home form has been sketchy this campaign, with just one win from five games. Four of Kalev’s five points have come on the road, but none of them in the last three games, making for an interesting contest.
The Premium Liiga’s favourite formation, 4-2-3-1, will continue to be deployed by Paide, with Sander Roivassepp leading the line, supported by Stanislav Goldberg, in-form Rasmus Tomson, and Ervin Koll.
Liivo Leetma should start in the centre of midfield, partnered by either Martin Ustaal or Sander Sinilaid.
Key man: Rasmus Tomson
Tomson has three goals in his last five matches, though none in the last two. He will be part of Paide’s threat going forward and could feature heavily if his side have the better of the game as expected. He will also be expected to provide for Sander Roivassepp.
Focus on KALEV (9/10, 5pt)
Kalev’s formation is fairly unique to the Premium Liiga. Their 4-1-4-1 is perhaps the least adventurous, but does nothing to disguise the fact that they have conceded the most goals (45) by far this season.
Aleksei Belov will lead the line, with a fairly settled back four of Johannes Kukebal, Egert Heintare, Aleksei Savitski and Juri Gavrilov.
Edgars Butlers will continue in front of the defence after his return from injury, with the Lauri Valja one of the two players in front of him. The other three midfield places are less than set, with Nikita Koger likely to complete the central partnership, and the wingers being any two from Raiko Karpov, Henry Niinlaub, Aleksei Naariste and Lasha Omanidze.
Karpov and Niinlaub started the last match against Kalju, but Omanidze may return if he is available.
Key man: Aleksei Belov
Belov is the man Kalev look to for goals, and he needs to take advantage of the chances he is given to ensure his team have any chance of taking some points.
Previous reports on RdS
Kalev are set up defensively and seem to invite pressure. Paide’s three-man attacking midfield will look to get on the ball in Kalev’s half and force them back. Paide’s defensive midfielders might need to look to the wings to find Kalev’s threat, but they should spend more of their time starting attacks for their side as possession of the ball is likely to be in their hands more often than not.
PAIDE VS. KALEV HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 13
Paide’s wins: 7
Kalev's wins: 3
Goals scored by Paide: 16
Goals scored by Kalev: 10
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Paide's rows: Rasmus Tomson (MF) 36 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Aleksei Savitski (CB) 7 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
After disappearing for a while following the Narva Trans vs. Infonet case on Matchday 8, Roomer Tarajev reappears in a Premium Liiga game (he actually had whistled Paide-Lokomotiv on Matchday 9).
101 games, 433 yellow cards (4,28), 14 reds for double booking and 14 footballers sent off it's his tally.
He will be supported by Jaanus Mutli and Martin Lember on the touchlines with Maikel Mikson overlooking from the technical area.