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VIDEO: FC Levadia vs. Nõmme Kalju, match preview

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INFOGRAPHICS: history of the derby Levadia - Kalju available here

Levadia as they appeared in Tartu, and Kalju line-up in the victorious derby against Flora

Levadia as they appeared in Tartu, and Kalju line-up in the victorious derby against Flora

TACTICAL KEYS
As often happens in Premium Liiga’s 4-2-3-1 set-up’s, flanks will be important for Kalju.

Levadia can rely on an efficient 4-4-2 to close the spaces people the likes of Kallaste and Toomet enjoying roaming into.

Don’t miss out on the fierce midfield battle as it will features 3 Estonian internationals (Dmitrjev, Antonov and Vunk) and one of the most effective foreigners (Reginald). They will be focused on breaking the opposition build-up and lot of cards might pop up, especially in second half.

Vunk and Reginald will spend more with the double teaming to compensate close the gaps in the flanks whenever they shall arise. Interesting to see whether Antonov will exploit central spaces since Nunes defensive prowess is less than Wakui’s one. Kalju could fold themselves into 4-5-1 and wait behind the ball line as a start.

HEAD TO HEAD (last 6 games via Whoscored.com)

Levadia's wins: 4
Draws: 1
Kalju's wins: 1
Goals scored by Levadia: 6
Goals scored by Kalju: 2


ODDS (the figures may be subject to variation)

1  2.20
X 3.35
2  3.10

More odds about this game here by
(Sports > Football > Estonia > Meistriliiga)

Betting tip about this game here.

REFEREE

Kristo Tohver will be the match director of the game.

245 games in Premium Liiga showing 828 yellow cards, an average of 3,37 cards per game.

It will be important to grab hold of the game since the very first fifteen minutes.

Leniency with fouls in the middle of the park might make the game slip off his hands and waiting for second half to show a yellow card might grow confidence in the players that almost everything is allowed.

As the game might be a stalemate until the dying minutes, he needs to save his best energies for the episodes in the box that are always critical.