Focus on PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND (6/10, 15pt)
Three wins in row for the Central Estonia club and the squad morale is very high. Receiving Tammeka home (they come from 3 losses instead) might be the right chance for Rooba's XI to catch Sillamäe (only 3 points far and travelling to Tallinn for a clash against Kalju). The squad is healthy, however, according to our sources, the only two foreigners at the club have left Estonia: both Nigerian Uwa and Swedish Said are not part of the squad anymore. As Tammeka, Paide becomes an all-Estonian squad. The strikers' line gets thinner and Paide might require to bring in some new player in the summer window, however Rõivassepp, Tomson and Goldberg are providing the sufficient fire power (7 goals, more than half of Paide 12 nettings).
After experimenting the 4-1-4-1, Rooba seems to have found stability with the most common 4-2-3-1. Leetma has played his third game in a row and all hits at him getting another start. His lower midfield part shall be Kõll, however Rooba might opt for some rotation giving Ustaal his fourth start of the season. Andre Mägi is still not available due to his work duties.
Key-man: Rasmus Tomson
In Tamme Stadium he scored two goals and he did not celebrate. He is on a good streak (3 in the last 3) and all hints at a possibility he might hurt is old club again.
Focus on TAMMEKA (9/10, 4pt)
If the 2-0 loss in Tamme Stadium has restored self-esteem in the squad, the away trip to Paide shall be one in which Tammeka must go for points. Koser was quite clear about that: not only Kalev and Lokomotiv are the targets, but also Paide shall be a chance to give a joy to the travelling fans.
It will not be easy considering the usual problems in the defence (Lorenz is out until the end of the month) and elsewhere (Martin Jõgi season is over).
There were good signs in the game home against the tableleader and this is where Koser has to start from, even though Kalju were lower on the gear.
The formation will be the usual one, 4-2-3-1, as it seems the experimental 4-1-4-1 tried against Kalju in Tallinn was not very successful. With Ivanov back, Koser can have Tiirik operating between the lines as trequartista sided by Rääbis and Naal. A bit of sacrifice for Reio Laabus in the defensive midfielder role however is skills might help to get out of difficult situation and help a better organization of the counterattacks.
Key-man: Kristian Tiirik
The usual suspect. There's nothing to do but when he is on the pitch, he is always seen as the one everyone expects to conduct the team to victory (or draw). Additionally, he's certainly getting extra training on set-pieces to use them as additional weapon for Tammeka.
Specular formations, specular problems as both full-backs will have a lot of work to control the high flankers and will necessary need help from from the midfield in double teaming. This will be the main key: who will be more disciplined and organized in this kind of work, they will probably get better of the other. A slight advantage can be given to Paide considering Goldeberg and Tomson have proved to be more sharp than Naal and Rääbis. The latter although, he is growing game after game.
PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND VS. TAMMEKA HEAD TO HEAD
Clashes in Premium Liiga: 21
Paide wins: 12
Tammeka's wins: 4
Goals scored by Paide: 42
Goals scored by Tammeka: 26
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Paide’s rows: Rasmus Tomson (MF) 36 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 48 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
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THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The game has been assigned to Juri Frischer and his assistants will be Dmitri Vinogradov and Marger Pormann. 33 games for the 30-year-old whistle in Premium Liiga and ha has never handled this clash before.
110 yellow cards shown and 2 players sent off for a double yellow. He showed the straight red card 4 times.