Narva’s recent mini-recovery from their descent towards relegation hit a brick wall last week with an embarrassing 3-2 defeat against Johvi. This weekend they host free-scoring Sillamae who need to continue their recovery from a 1-0 defeat to Levadia that halted their eight-match winning run.
Focus on Narva Trans
Narva have a fairly steady home record (W4, D5, L5) and are unbeaten in their last four on home soil, winning the last two. Their 3-2 defeat at rock-bottom side Johvi last weekend will still be fresh in their memories, and they will surely be looking to respond.
Svjatoslav Jakovlev, Artjom Skinjov and Ilia Osipov should form three-quarters of the attacking foursome, with Viktor Plotnikov and Vadim Mihhailov vying for the final place. The latter pair may find themselves elsewhere in the line-up, however, as Narva’s positional merry-go-round could continue. Andrejs Sinicins should continue in the centre of midfield.
Injuries and Suspensions
Vitali Andrejev is Narva’s only new anbsence, as he is suspended courtesy of his booking last weekend.
Ornat, Jakovlev, Sinicins and Osipov are a booking away from suspension.
Key man: Andrejs Sinicins
The Narva midfielder needs to be on guard to stop Kabaev’s supply. Sillamae aren’t afraid to put crosses in, so he needs to give his full backs the support they are certainly going to need.
Focus on Sillamäe
Sillamae have won 9 of their last 10 matches (the 1-0 defeat at home to Levadia the only blip) and go into the game having won five games on the trot away from home. They also have the third best away record in the league behing Levadia and Flora. 46 goals on the road is also the highest.
They sit five points behind Kalju in third and just eight off top spot, although with six games remaining they need to hope for some luck elsewhere as well as for themselves.
Evgeny Kabaev will lead the line after finding his goalscoring touch again in the Infonet match. Stanislav Murikin, Kyrylo Silich and Aleksandr Dubokin will provide the support behind him, with Deniss Tjapkin will take his place in the centre of midfield, although Daniil Ratnikov is suspended.
Injuries and Suspensions
Joining Ratnikov on the sidelines through suspension is Mindaugas Bazukis following his red card against Infonet. Sillamae have no new injury worries.
Key Man: Evgeny Kabaev
The league’s top scorer doesn’t look to be slowing down as the season draws to a close, and his all round ability at the head of the attack will be a constant worry for Narva.
Wings. Kabaev doesn’t mind which way the ball is supplied to him, so Narva are going to have their work cut out. They may use both centre backs to shackle Sillamae, but the visitors have players that can step up if Kabaev is closed out.
Narva’s best hope is on the counter, and they may find that they have to soak up some pressure in phases throughout the game, but if they can manage not to concede early on they will grow in confidence as time ticks away. They also have something to prove following last week’s debacle at Johvi.
JK Narva Trans vs. Sillamäe Kalev HEAD TO HEAD
(last 6 matches via WhoScored.com)
Narva’s wins: 0
Sillamäe’s wins: 5
Goals scored by Narva: 6
Goals scored by Sillamäe: 19
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Trans's rows: Stanislav Kitto (CB) 55 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Sillamae's rows: Evgeny Kabaev (CF) 59 goals
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
The referee will be Miko Pupart.
The young referee has directed 37 games and showed 128 yellow cards (3.45). 11 red cards is the total tally, 4 for a second booking and 7 straight ones.
Info about the game
A ticket for the match at Kalev-Fama stadium is just 2EUR. Members of Trans fan club and eligible categories get in for just 1EUR
Kick-off is at 19:00 Saturday 27th of Septmber and will be streamed live on Postimees here.