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Sillamäe vs. Kalev match preview

Angelo PalmeriComment

FOCUS ON SILLAMÄE (4/10, 31p)
Sillamäe are reasonably ecstatic for having clinched their first European win ever at their third attempt. Ratnikov&Co. managed to win against all odds and will travel to Finland on a (tiny) advantage. Meanwhile, there is some routine to handle: the game against minnow Kalev. Contrary to what they might say in pre-match interviews, this will be a training game for the Dobiza band with the bags ready to sail across the gulf. We are still talking about the best striking line (47 goals) facing the worst defence (63). 

Injuries
Apart from the long-term injury suffered by Zahovaiko, they are all fit. Concerns for Volodin, Novikov, Kvasov and Tjapkin, all one card away from suspension. They might miss Flora in Tallinn next week.

Key man: Daniil Ratnikov
The trequartista born in Pärnu is finally showing his leadership within the XI. His opening goal against Honka in Europa League could be the first of other steps, like a national team call-up.

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FOCUS ON KALEV
What was already a weak side, it lost four players who preferred to go play beach soccer or in lower league rather than continuing the poor figure at Kalev. The trip to Sillamäe might spare Kalev another bag of goals considering that recently they conceded 9 to Levadia and 6 to Paide. 

Injuries
The squad is healthy and the onluy concern is Omanidze, their best man, one card away from suspension.

Key man: Lasha Omanidze
Undoubtedly the most-talented player in the squad. He was also voted as 'player of the month' by the Premium Liiga board, a great achievement considering he plays in a drop-zone side. If Kalev can say anything in this game, then it will have Omanidze's voice.

Sillamäe lineup from the game against Honka in Europa league and Kalev as fielded in the 3-1 win agains Narva Trans (www.transfermarkt.de)

Sillamäe lineup from the game against Honka in Europa league and Kalev as fielded in the 3-1 win agains Narva Trans (www.transfermarkt.de)

TACTICAL KEYS
Stopping the 4-man line behind Kvasov will be the real tactical rebus for Kristian Mejel as Mashichev, Ratniko, Murikhin and the new signing, Silich, will be storming in turns in the space they will find (many) and in those created by Kvasov's movements. Cheminava and Dudarev will have to take care of Omanidze. The 4-1-4-1 will help the defensive line thanks to Tjapkin double-teaming.

SILLAMÄE VS. KALEV HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)

Sillamäe’s wins: 4
Draws: 1
Kalev’s wins: 1
Goals scored by Sillamäe: 20
Goals scored by Kalev: 1
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Sillamäe's rows: Vjatseslav Zahovaiko (CF) 175 goals – with the captain sidelined with injury, next top scorer is Dmitri Mashitsev (LM), 46 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Aleksei Belov (CF) 8 goals


ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)

1   1.16
X  7.35
2  12.60

More odds about this game available here at

THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)

It will be the 106th game for Roomer Tarajev. 449 yellow cards shown (4.2 per game) and total of 29 red cards almost equally divided: 15 for double booking and 14 straight. Riivo Stolts and Egerd Pajustik are the linemen, Elar Tarkus the fourth official.

INFO ABOUT THE GAME

Kick-off in Sillamäe Stadium at 19:00 on Monday the 7th of July 2014. The game will not be streamed.

2€ the entrance fee, 1€ the discounted ticket. Children up to 16 years old and pensioners get in for free.