Tammeka’s run of three home games in a row is coming to an end and we can easily say that we are a bit disappointed about that. Tammeka’s games always mean fun and good entertainment, while Tammeka’s games in front of their home crowd always mean a festival. This time against them they have the reigning champions Levadia who are in a series of four consecutive wins and are very eager to punish every mistake by Flora to get back on the pole position. Can the home team spoil their plans and pull out a surprising result?
Focus on Tammeka JK Tartu (8/10, 22 pts)
Coach Indrek Koser may be responsible for some of the most entertaining games so far by setting quite an offensive formation against any opponent. They have nothing to lose, their survival in the top flight is almost assured so we could again expect to see an attacking display by the team from Tartu. That being said, we can expect to see Kütt on the goal, Lorenz and Tutk in defense, Ojamaa and Sabanov on the full back positions. Tekko and Paju should again be deployed in the center of the park, Suurpere and Rääbis should take on the flanks and Tiirik as usual behind Hurt.
Key-man: Rauno Tutk
The 26 year-old defender pulled out a very exciting performance ending up with a brace of goals in the end. However, against Levadia we could expect to see his defensive qualities on display and lots of battles with Levadia’s offensive line.
Injuries and suspensions
Jõgi, Ivanov and Tikerberi are still sidelined for a longer term, while Tauts and Anderson are not available for this match due to suspension. Simo Tenno and Rauno Tutk are one yellow card away from suspension and they will have to be more careful.
Focus on FC Levadia (2/10, 69 pts)
As expected, Levadia are in a tough battle with Flora for the title and every mistake by either of the teams might end their title hopes. Marko Kristal’s squad is travelling to Tartu to get the three points despite the problems they have with injuries and suspensions. According to the table, Tammeka shouldn’t pose a problem, but surprises have happened and probably will happen so nothing can be excluded. To prevent such thing, Kristal will probably stick again to his 4-4-2 formation with Smishko on the goal, Artjunin should be partnered by Podholjuzin in central defense, Pikk and Raudsepp will most probably take on the full-back positions. Antonov and Dmitrijev will most probably feature in the center of the park, Kruglov and Penic on the flanks, and Teever will try to beat the opponent’s goalkeeper in pair with the youngster Saarts.
Key-man: Dmitri Kruglov
The experienced 30-year old Estonian international should take the responsibility and guide his team to the all important three points away from home. Runs down the left wing and penetrations through the middle are his main thing and Tammeka’s defense will definitely have trouble stopping him.
Injuries and suspensions
Jahhimovitš’s suspension was confirmed also by UEFA, which means he stays sidelined till the end of this year, Rättel, Elhussieny and Vukobratovic are still injured, while Tipuric and Subbotin got their 4th yellow cards which means they are not available for selection for this game.
Even though they know each other very well, the injury and suspension problems have prompted both coaches to make several changes in their squads. The quality is on Levadia’s side, they have everything to fight for and we can expect them to push from the very beginning deep into their opponent’s half to break the deadlock and secure the three points already in the first half. However, the young players of Tammeka have shown little respect when facing the favourites and as Infonet saw during their draw in Tartu, it is never an easy ground to play at. They are good on the counter and they have enough quality to threaten from the flanks.
Tammeka’s wins: 1
Levadia’s wins: 5
Goals scored by Tammeka: 2
Goals scored by Levadia: 15
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Kalju's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 56 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Infonet's rows: Ingemar Teever (CF) 125 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The match director will be Toomas Nõmmiste.
29 games during which he showed 98 yellow cards (3,37) and 3 red cards for a double booking. The red cards tally is 6.
Info about the game
The game will be played at Tammeka Stadium on September 26. Kick-off at 19:00. The ticket costs 4 eur. If you attend their FB event (here) you should pay 1 eur. For students and pensioners it is 2 eur and for kids up to 14-years of age and Tammeka youth players the entrance is free of charge.
The game will also be streamed on ERR Sport