Derby from the bottom of the table that might make things much more clear. Should Tammeka win in front of the home crowd they will still be in the race to catch Narva for that 7th place. If Kalev wins, on the other hand, they will still be able to save their season and avoid direct relegation by reaching Lokomotiv Jõhvi on that 9th spot.
Focus on Tartu JK Tammeka (8/10, 22 pts)
Tammeka’s recent run of few matches against the title contenders is over and the players, as well as their fans, were waiting for a long time to see an opponent like Kalev coming to the Tamme stadium. This is not only a chance for them to end the winless streak, but as we mentioned before, to attack the 7th place currently occupied by Trans Narva. Coach Indrek Koser doesn’t really have a long bench to choose from so we can’t expect many changes in the squad from the last match against Levadia. That means we will probably see Kütt on the goal, Tutk and Lorenz in central defense, Ojamaa and Naggel on the full back positions. Paju and Kiidron will probably be deployed in central midfield, Suurpere and Aasmäe on the flanks, and as always, Tiirik behind Martin Hurt in attack.
Key-man: Martin Hurt
The 30-year old experienced player is having relatively good season on his new position and his goals will be more than needed against opposition like Kalev. Should he win the battles with the defenders of the guests, the three points will be almost inevitable for the home team.
Injuries and suspensions
Indrek Koser doesn’t have many problems with the squad and besides Martin Jõgi, Tikerberi and Ivanov, who are injured, and Tekko who is suspended, the rest of the players are available for selection.
Focus on Tallinna JK Kalev (10/10, 12 pts)
What can be said about a team that lost the last 14 games and that has conceded 127 goals in 31 games. A team that managed to lost all the important players and all the advantage it had before Lokomotiv and to lose to them with 0-5 in front of the home crowd. Coach Zamogilnõi can’t stop his team’s sinking and we are left to see how many more goals they will concede till the end of the season. For the match against Tammeka we may expect to see Levizi on the goal, Heintare and Butlers in the defensive line together with Stüf and Gavrilov on the full-back positions. The foreigners in the team Whalen and Armean should be used in the center of the park. Kukebal and Larin will probably play on the flanks, and Karpov in attack behind Omanidze.
Key-man: Raiko Karpov
Even though he doesn’t play on his natural position as right midfielder, the 22-year old is trying to do his best and has 2 goals and 1 assist behind his name. His speed and good technique will be welcome in the attacking third if they are about to end their miserable losing streak.
Injuries and suspensions
Besides Savitski, who is suspended, the rest of the players are available to coach Zamogilnõi for selection
Both teams are utilizing 4-2-3-1 formation and there aren’t many surprises. Tammeka will try to attack from the beginning through the flanks, while Tiirik and Hurt will be given the task to score goals. On the other side, counter attacks should be Kalev’s strongest weapon and Tammeka’s defense will have to be very careful not to fall behind.
Tammeka JK Tartu VS. Tallinna JK Kalev HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)
Tammeka’s wins: 3
Kalev's wins: 2
Goals scored by Tammeka: 12
Goals scored by Kalev: 5
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 54 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalev's rows: Lasha Omanidze (CF) 6 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Elar Tarkus will direct his 17th game in Premium Liiga. The 39 yellow cards shown in the previous 16 games account for 2,4 per game. He has shown also one straight red card and one sending off for double booking.
Info about the game
The match will be played at the Tamme stadium on Friday, October 3. Kick-off at 19:00.
The ticket costs 4 euros. Students and pensioners can watch the game for 2 eur. If you attend the event on Facebook (event here) entrance will cost you 1 eur. Children under 14 and Tammeka’s youth players can watch the game free of charge.