FOCUS ON NARVA TRANS (7/10, 15p)
With the latest transfer news, Narva have lost one of their best men: Siim Tenno, as confirmed by interim coach Aleksei Jagudin.
After Bondarenko left, the internal situation of the changing room is, to say the least, uncertain. The loss (3-1) to Kalev in matchday 17 (match report by Chris Johns here) is probably the best picture to represent the situation: Narva is adrift.
The risk is to lose ground and give a chance both to Kalev themselves and Tammeka to recover points and position pushing the border-city club into the play-off spot. This is why the game home against Tammeka is way more worth then the usual three points at stake.
Apart from Tanel Tamberg, there is a long list of injuries affecting the Eastern Estonia club. Reason why they will field a starting XI packed with youngsters from the double team. Additionally, Andrejev and Nesterovsky are sidelined by suspensions, making the defence-line situation even more dramatic. Irie is one card away from his second seasonal suspension and the kind of game implies he might easily get one and miss the game against Levadia, unless he will not be able to recover from his own physical problem.
Key man: -
Very hard to find one in this Narva side losing pieces and morale.
FOCUS ON TAMMEKA (9/10, 10p)
Tammeka should be announcing new reinforcements from the transfer window soon. We are probably talking about amateur footballers discovered thanks to the talent scout day in collaboration with Uwe Erkenbrecher, visiting Estonia at the start of June.
The chance against Narva Trans is really juicy and favourable tally in the last six games suggest that Tammeka might make the most out of this trip to the border city. With Kalev travelling to Sillamäe, it is the good opportunity to overcome the Tallinn rivals in the drop zone fight again and, most of all, get two points closer to Narva themselves. The break helped Koser's side to fine tune the preparation that was basically missed at start of season. We shall expect to see a more brilliant Tammeka in the second part of the season.
Indrek Koser should enjoy the return of Jürgen Lorenz at the center of defence after having recovered already one of the Jõgi's, Markus. Except from the usual suspects (Martin Jõrgi, Kaarel Kiidron, Georgi Ivanov and goalkeeper Pechter)
Key man: Kristian Tiirik
Probably we have hinted at him so many times that by now he shall have his ears whistling every weekend. However it could not be otherwise, especially if Koser will field him up-front in the 4-2-3-1. Supported by Valtna, 'Tirka' can prove lethal for the patched Narva defensive line. A chance to increase his personal record in Premium Liiga and make the travelling fans happy.
Tiirik up front or not will make the difference in a game that will probably offer very few interesting tactical points. With a reduced squad and a bunch of youngsters coming from the double team, Jagudin might opt to resort to a scholastic 4-4-2 to avoid further risks.
NARVA TRANS VS. TAMMEKA HEAD-TO-HEAD
(last 6 Premium Liiga Matches via WhoScored.com)
Narva’s wins: 1
Tammeka’s wins: 3
Goals scored by Narva: 6
Goals scored by Tammeka: 8
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Narva's rows: Stanislav Kitto (CB) 55 goals
Most prolific Premium Liiga scorer(s) in Tammeka's rows: Kristian Tiirik (LMF) 53 goals
ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)
More odds about this game available here at
THE REFEREES SQUAD
(statistics courtesy of Heigo Niilop)
Andrei Karhu will make his 4th appearance in Premium Liiga. In the previous three, he showed 11 yellow cards (3,6 per game). His red card record is still immaculate.
His assistants will be Dmitri Vinogradov and Artur Telling. Fourth official is Toomas Nõmmiste.
INFO ABOUT THE GAME
Kick-off in Narva Kreenholm Stadium at 19:00 on Monday the 7th of July. The game will not be streamed.
2€ entrance fee, discounted categorie 1€. No Facebook event discount available.