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Rumori staff forecast for Premium Liiga 2015

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Our resident staff have made forecast for the upcoming season in Premium Liiga.

Who will win the title? Who will clinch the podium? Who will be the surprise package? Who will get relegated without appeal?

Discover what they think.


Deni Delev: ‘Don’t get your hopes high, another Flora vs. Levadia it is!’

Maybe it won't be as tough as last season, but I personally again expect tight battle for the title and, boring as it may sound, again between Flora and Levadia. Most of the teams went through an overhaul and the coach who will manage to put the puzzle together the fastest will be the one who will take the honours. That being said, after getting done with their transfer market already in December, I think that Flora is already a step ahead of the others. Sakari looks capable of filling up until Prosa returns and Gert Kams should give them the experience they lacked last season when they risked and lost their advantage in a very naive manner. Levadia and Kalju should be the other takers of the EL positions.

Win the title, or get another job... (fcflora.ee)

Win the title, or get another job... (fcflora.ee)

PREMIUM LIIGA FINAL TABLE according to Deni Delev

Estonian Champions (Champions League 2016-17 preliminaries): FC Flora

2nd place (Europa League 2016-17 preliminaries): FC Levadia

3rd place (Europa League 2016-17 preliminaries): Nõmme Kalju

4: Sillamäe Kalev
5: FC Infonet
6: Narva Trans
7: Paide Linnameeskond
8: Tammeka Tartu

9 - to the play-off with Esiliiga second-best: Viljandi Tulevik

10 - relegated to Esiliiga: Pärnu Linnameeskond


Chris Johns: 'If Vosko can fire for Kalju they'll sneak it'

For me, 2015 will be less of an open championship compared to 2014, with only two teams looking like they can challenge.

I don't see Flora having strengthened sufficiently, and their lack of tactical flexibility last season is likely to carry over. Infonet have made some interesting acquisitions, and it remains to be seen if they have adequately replaced talismanic striker Manucho. It's a similar story at Sillamae, where Kabaev doesn't appear to have been replaced, and I can't see them breaking the top 3 again.

That leaves Levadia and Kalju. The former have the experience of back-to-back championships, and their foreign signings need to hit the ground running if they are to pick up the slack left by some big names that have departed, particularly Igor Subbotin. Kalju have retained their most important players, along with welcoming back Viskoboinikov from China, and bringing in Estonian international Joel Lindpere. Kalju's problem last season was having an isolated and unsupported striker, but with new management and some strong-looking recruitments, my vote swings just in favour of the Pink Panthers.

Let's prepare the bus again (Delfi.ee)

Let's prepare the bus again (Delfi.ee)

PREMIUM LIIGA FINAL TABLE according to Chris Johns

Estonian Champions (Champions League 2016-17 preliminaries: Nõmme Kalju

2nd place (Europa League 2016-17 preliminaries): FC Levadia

3rd place (Europa League 2016-17 preliminaries): FC Infonet

4: FC Flora
5: Sillamäe Kalev
6: Narva Trans
7: Paide Linnameeskond
8: Tammeka Tartu

9 - to the play-off with Esiliiga second-best: Viljandi Tulevik

10 - relegated to Esiliiga: Pärnu Linnameekond


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Angelo Palmeri: ‘Big surprises will come from FC Infonet and Tammeka’

It will not be an ordinary season. I am sure the title fight will be even more levelled than the last one. However, for several reasons, I see Kalju making it against probably many odds. Soon after will follow... FC Infonet! They can be the real surprise package and finish above FC Flora. The latters have shown they are very solid in pre-season, and I am sure they will start at full throttle. However, Flora’s problem has been the long-term endurance. Their biggest problem is consistency and I think the fight here is between them and their boogeyman, Infonet. By now you wonder where Levadia are, right there after Flora. We shall respect the Champions, however there are too many issues here to solve. Using one of Kristal’s favourite expressions, Levadia managed to escape a train passing over them and win their 9th title. It has happened many times in the past seasons, I think the credit is over. I cannot see Sillamäe further from the 5th place as it’s the club that has changed the most and I am not sure the replacements will bring what they need.
In the relegation zone I put my stake on Tammeka. The team hasn’t changed, Koser was elected ‘Premium Liiga 2014 Best Coach’ by the FA, the youth have one more year of experience under their belt and with the season preparation started properly, they can rise above the mass. Soon after we shall find Paide, it will probably be a matter of points since the Central Estonia team has finally found a potential topscorer (Zahovaiko) who could help stockpile points. Narva’s negative period won’t cease, I see the border city club struggling to keep above the risk zone. The latter will be almost exclusive competence of Pärnu Linnameeskond and Viljandi Tulevik. They won’t be laughing stocks as Lokomotiv and Kalev were last seasons, however I cannot see them rising above the bottom two positions.

We'll take them off if Kalju wins... (screenshot YouTube)

We'll take them off if Kalju wins... (screenshot YouTube)

PREMIUM LIIGA FINAL TABLE according to Angelo Palmeri

Estonian Champions (Champions League 15/16 preliminaries: Nõmme Kalju

2nd place (Europa League 15/16 preliminaries): FC Infonet

3rd place (Europa League 15/16 preliminaries): FC Flora

4: FC Levadia
5: Sillamäe Kalev
6: Tammeka Tartu
7: Paide Linnameeskond
8: Narva Trans

9 - to the play-off with Esiliiga second-best: Pärnu Linnameeskond 

10 - relegated to Esiliiga: Viljandi Tulevik