Kuressaare v Tallinna Kalev
Maybe it’s hard to believe that Kalev are the team that are in better form, but 4 wins from 5 has given them the possibility of finishing as high as 6th as we head into the final few games of the season. Kure are now a little bit disappointing, with just 1 win in 5, knowing that 5th place is there’s, they can relax a little bit.
Kalev’s last game vs Legion guaranteed them Premium Liiga football, a comfortable 2-0 win and more importantly a clean sheet showed that Kalev can provide a defensive masterclass when needed. Only conceding 7 goals in the last 5 games is a serious improvement.
Kure meanwhile are struggling to keep clean sheets – 0 in their last 5, conceding 12 in that time, scoring goals is also not a problem managing 10 in that time. End to end stuff.
In their last game, Kure lost 2-1 to Champions Flora, a game perhaps they should have got something more out of, despite their poor form and Kalev’s good form they will feel confident in getting back to winning ways.
Both sides have an attacking threat to worry about, the attacking trio of Sten Reinkort, Mattias Männilaan & Otto-Robert Lipp have scored 29 of Kure’s 45 goals this season, so the attacking threat comes from them.
Kalev have Ioan Yakovlev, a league high 13 assists, and even finding the back of the net in recent weeks sees him with a goal contribution of 19, he will always provide a threat.
Kure have won all 3 games against Kalev this season, but Kalev are the form team so it’s something Kure will be wary of. End to end action is certain as both sides want to finish the season with a bang, despite being out of form, Kure will be the favourites but this one can go either way.
Tammeka v Narva
With just 3 matches remaining, teams are now playing for higher league positions. The battle for 6th place takes place with 3 teams still in the running.
Tammeka come into this match in relatively decent form, losing only once in their last 4 league matches and also advancing to the ¼ finals of the cup following a 5-2 win against 2nd division leaders Harju. It took a late goal from defender Tanel Tammik to see off relegated Pärnu, last time out, although a brilliant acrobatic effort was well worth being the game winner.
Narva themselves aren’t really in any kind of form, and just plodding on until the end of the season. A really good 0-0 draw against Kalju last weekend, having played the majority of the 2nd half with 10 men following Sergei Kondrattsev’s red card. Narva were arguably the better team following the red card, and even had a Denis Dedechko penalty saved by Kalju keeper, Henri Perk.
Tammeka have a full side to select from and still have striker Kevin Mätas sitting on 9 league goals, the striker has only scored once in his last 7 matches, and will be desperate to hit double digits.
Narva will be missing Nikita Mihhailov through suspension, the winger will be a miss for Narva, although it would give someone such as Eduard Golovljov a chance to impress.
Tammeka are unbeaten against Narva this season, winning 2 and drawing 1 without conceding a goal too. These matches are normally tight contests against 2 really evenly matched teams, although Tammeka have held the upper hand over the last few years.
Flora v Paide
Flora got back to winning ways last week with a win vs Kuressaare, with their unbeaten streak now over, they have another streak they will be looking to protect, their home record. Paide meanwhile have everything to play for, with 3rd place up for grabs they need maximum points from their remaining 3 games if they are to get that last European spot.
Flora have been very impressive all year, winning 29 of their 33 games whilst scoring 90 goals, it’s very obvious to see why they are the Champions this year. Paide haven’t been slouches in the scoring department, scoring an impressive 82 goals the 2nd most in the league, so this one has all the possibilities to be a goal fest.
Flora have won 4 out of 5, with the league all wrapped up more fringe players have been given up the opportunity and in particular young striker Aleksandr Šapovalov, who has scored 4 goals during this period. Paide have also remained fairly consistent in their last 5, despite a shock defeat to Kalev, they bounced back with a nice win vs Levadia last week, new signing Mechini Gomis is finally getting some minutes and is rewarding the club with 4 goals.
Matches between these 2 in recent years have been close, with Paide managing to salvage a few draws whilst Flora came out on top in other encounters. Paide have never beaten Flora in league competition and it’s hard to see that changing here, despite an incredible attacking threat, Paide are too prone to defensive errors and with Flora’s winning mentality and such a strong home record, a Flora win seems like the only outcome here.
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