Two of the Premium Liiga’s most out of form teams meet tomorrow as Paide travel south to face Tammeka Tartu. The two sides have won just one match between them in their respective last six games (Tammeka’s 2-1 win at Narva on Matchday 18).
Paide broke their six match losing streak last weekend, but their 0-0 draw at bottom side Johvi hardly signalled a meteoric turnaround, but they remain relatively comfortable in 6th place in the table, six points above Tammeka in the final relegation spot.
FOCUS ON TAMMEKA (8/10, 13 pts)
Tammeka have taken just two points from their seven home games this season. Their early season enforced travels may have disrupted their flow, but they need to put that out of their minds if they have any ambitions of staying up.
The Premium Liiga’s favourite formation, 4-2-3-1, is Tammeka’s preferred option, and Kristian Tiirik’s role as the spearhead will be threatened by the arrival of 22-year old Mario Tikerberi Estonian youth club Noorus-96 SK this week.
Valeri Sabanov will return from suspension on the left wing in place of Priit Peedo, with Geir-Kristjan Suurpere on the right and Mikk Valtna just behind Tiirik in the middle.
Martin Miller will line up in the centre of midfield alongside Markus Jogi, and Simo Tenno will return from suspension in the heart of defence.
New signings Tanel Joosep and Martin Hurt should continue at left back and centre back respectively, with even fresher arrivals Mihail Gutak, Rauno Tutk, and, most notably, Hindrek Ojamaa, vying for a place in the back four.
Simo Tenno is one yellow card away from suspension.
Key man: Kristjan Tiirik
Once more, Tiirik is the key man for Tammeka due to his goalscoring record. The arrival of Tikerberi could displace him in the coming weeks, but for now Tiirik remains Tammeka’s biggest threat.
FOCUS ON PAIDE (6/10, 19 pts)
Paide’s dismal run of six straight defeats was broken with their 0-0 draw at bottom side Johvi last weekend, but the result was far from what they had expected. Rumours of dressing room unrest threaten to open the trapdoor beneath them, but their early season form sees them maintain their relatively safe position for the time being.
Another 4-2-3-1 formation will see Aleksandr Vasilljev lead the line, with Stanislav Goldberg in the attacking threesome behind him. The other two positions will be taken by two from Kaspar Paur, Rasmus Tomson, Sander Roivassepp, Ervin Koll and Jasper Uwaegbulam, as Paide struggle to find the right formula to get them firing again. Koll and Uwaegbulam got the nod last time, but a poor showing from Johvi will likely see this change once more.
Sander Sinilaid and Eerik Reinsoo began in central midfield, but there was no place for Joel Indermitte. Midfielder Silver Kruusalu has arrived from Flora’s third team on loan, and could feature at some point.
Karl Palatu, Kaspar Kaldoja and Sander Sinilaid are all one booking away from suspension.
Key man: Aleksandr Vasilljev
Again, the lone striker gets the nod as key man, simply for the reliance that his team will put on him. Vasilljev is Paide’s main hope, and they need him to start scoring to help keep the trapdoor closed.
Neither time are on fire at the moment, and with Paide’s struggles in front of goal it’s likely that a mistake or poor performance will be the difference, rather than any moments of magic.
Both sides will field identical formations, so the attacking midfield threesomes against the defensive midfield duos will be where the action happens. If either team can overload the middle, or exploit the wings to stretch the defensive midfielders they will likely create sufficient chances, but either team will take a scruffy, unstructured goal to win the game, and it may be what we see winning the game.
TAMMEKA VS. PAIDE HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)
Tammeka’s wins: 0
Paide’s wins: 4
Goals scored by Tammeka: 5
Goals scored by Paide: 12
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 54 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Paide's rows: Rasmus Tomson (MF) 39 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
More odds about this game available here at
BETTING TIP (by Angelo Palmeri)
Believe it or not, Tammeka have not won a game home this season. The club that made its home attendance their pride (best home average attendace last season) has yet to find the joy of three points at home. With new signings and a renewed enthusiasm following the win in Narva two weeks ago, and the one-hour resistance against European participants Kalju on Monday, Koser's men will try to bring the win home. 1 at FT is particularly rich: 4,03
Tip: 1 at FT
Odd: 4.03 (odd might be subject to variation)
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The game will be directed by Roomer Tarajev, 107 games in Premium Liiga. He showed 454 yellow cards (4,24 per game) and 14 red ones. 15 red cards were shown for double booking.
Martin Lember and Maikel Mikson will be their assistants on the touchline while Tomi Rahula will overlook from the technical area.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
The match is played on Saturday the 19th of July 2014 at Tammeka stadium in Tartu. Kick-off at 19:00.
Tickets are 4€. Students and pensioners can attend the game for 2€.
If you click attend of their Facebook event (here) you can enter the stadium for 1€. Children under 14 and Tammeka youth players can watch the game free of charge.