LONG-TERM readers/contributors will remember my love for Parnu going back to 5 or 6 seasons.
For almost two years they provided us with winning goals tip after winning goals tip and i'ts been a while since I last backed one of their matches for goals but today looks like a great opportunity as they host whipping boys Tartu.
After a miserable campaign last season which saw them relegated Parnu have found their feet quickly in the second tier and are looking good candidates for an immediate return to the Meistriliiga.
Parnu JK Varpus vs Tartu JK Welco 5pm)
After 9 matches, Parnu find themselves on 19 points and will be looking to close the gap on runaway leaders Legion. As often is the case in the Baltics, the league's better sides make easy work of ones at the bottom and you get some quite comprehensive wins.
Parnu have won all 4 home games 1-0, 3-0, 4-1 and 3-1 and welcome the league's worst team inTartu who have collected just 5 points from their opening 9 matches, conceding 23 goals in the process.
On the road it's grim viewing, played 4, lost 4 – 4-1, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-0). what's interesting though is the sides they've travelled to Parnu have comfortably beaten.
- Parnu 4-1 Tammeka II / Tartu lost 3-0 away at Tammeka II
- Parnu 3-0 FCI Levadia II / Tartu lost 4-1 away FCI Levadia II
Given Parnu's home form, Tartu's struggles especially away from home and the fact Parnu have already hammered two of the sides Tartu were well beaten by, there is a big gulf in quality between the two sides.
FCI Levadia II are only 1 place above Tartu but defeated them 4-1, Parnu should be looking to dish out easily a similar scoreline and make it another away-day shocker for the visitors.