Following two defeats in three, to title rivals Kalju and Levadia, Flora travel to Narva hoping beyond hope that a win will help them claw back the possibility of taking the spoils. The defeat to Levadia left them five points off top spot with just three games to go, so all they can do is try to respond and hope Levadia monumentally slip up.
Focus on Narva (7/10, 28pts)
Narva have only lost one of their last six home games, but they are winless in their last four on any ground. Following last week’s narrow defeat to Nõmme Kalju, Narva may be tempted to stick with a similar line-up here.
They will have to do without Dmitri Shevyakov following the red card he received for his game-ending tackle on Damiano Quintieri, with Vitali Andrejev likely to drop back into defence to replace him.
Ignat Epifanov is also suspended, so Ilya Osipov may also drop back to cover him. Svjatoslav Jakovlev should return in attack, with Artjom Skinjov and Vadim Mihhailov retaining their place, and German-Guri Lvov pushing for a start.
Injuries and Suspensions
Shevyakov and Epifanov are suspended.
Ornat, Sinicins, Andrejev and Avdeev are all a yellow card away from suspension.
Tamberg and Irie are Narva’s long-term absentees.
Key man: Artjom Skinjov
Narva’s flexible attacker is their biggest threat going forward, and they will hope he can make the most of any opportunities Flora give them.
Focus on Flora (2/10, 73pts)
Flora’s inability to make the most of their chances against Levadia cost them dearly, so they may shake things up a little here.
Maksim Gussev returns from suspension, and he may threaten the place of either Zakaria Beglarishvili or Rauno Alliku. Irakli Logua put in a good display against Levadia and his place should be assured. Sander Post is another option to Albert Prosa, although a change up front is unlikely.
Sergei Mosnikov and Karl-Eerik Luigend were the central midfielders last time out, though Andre Frolov and Brent Lepistu remain on hand should Norbert Hurt decide to make changes.
Injuries and Suspensions
Luigend, Beglarishvili and Mosnikov are a booking away from suspension.
Flora have no new injury concerns.
Key man: Irakly Logua
Logua came out of the Levadia match with his reputation intact, so Flora will be hoping he can carry his good performance over in this one. He is part of their hard-working attacking foursome, so positive runs and quality on the ball are crucial.
Flora’s insistence on a short, possession-based passing game may have cost them this year, as their inability to grind out chances when it really matters has become evident. However, they shoud have enough to kill off Narva here, and if they can overload them in the centre of the park they should take the points.
Narva looked dangerous on occasion at Kalju last week, so Flora must watch out for some through balls in behind their defence on the counter.
Narva Trans VS. FC Flora HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)
Narva’s wins: 0
Flora's wins: 6
Goals scored by Narva: 1
Goals scored by Flora: 15
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Narva's rows: Stanislav Kitto (CB) 55 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Flora's rows: Albert Prosa (CF) 85 goals
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The match director will be Martin Salong. He will celebrate his 90th game in Premium Liiga. In the previous 89 matches he showed 308 yellow cards (3.46 per game). 18 yellow cards were shown for a double booking and the straight red were 17.
Info about the game
The match will be played on Saturday 25th October at 16:00 EEST at Narva Kalevi Staadion.
Tickets cost 2EUR. Members of the Trans fan club and eligible categories get in for just 1EUR
The match will be streamed live on ERR here.