FC Lahti vs IFK Mariehamn 22.06.2015


FC Lahti vs. IFK Mariehamn / Veikkausliiga – After a bit more than a half of season in Finish football championship Mariehamn is better positioned in the standings and being fourth is not far from European positions, while Lahti is average and is seventh and has seven points less than Mariehamn. Both teams lost in previous round; Mariehemn lost in front of its fans while Lahti lost away. In the first part of the season Mariehamn won Lahti by 1-0 but before that Lahti stayed undefeated at eight consecutive matches against Mariehamn. Begins: 22.06.2015 – 17:30 CET

FC Lahti

Lahti plays averagely this season, with draw being the most common result and they are the record holders with even six draws by now. They distributed them by three in front of their fans and three away, and it is interesting that they scored by six goals at home and away. It means that home field is not a particular advantage for this team. They are currently in not so great shape as they won just once in last five rounds.

Interestingly, they won that time HIFK Helsinki by 2-0 and after that drew without goals with leader in the standings HJH Helskinki. It is worth telling that all three victories by now were won with clean sheet and that they have one of better defences in the league. That is the reason why four defenders don’t get changed recently but the rest of the team is also not changed too frequently, although in previous round when they lost to the VPS they played without striker Shal.

Probable lineups FC Lahti: Moisander – Toivomaki, Joenmaki, Karkkainen, Hauhia – Lagerblom, Paananen, Gela – Ristola, Lansitalo, Matheus

IFK Mariehamn

Mariehamn was known in recent years as a team that plays much better at home but that has changed this season. They lost two times at home already and both loses took place in last two matches played in front of their fans. They had received by three goals in each of loses so they belong to teams who received the most goals at home, given that they drew there twice. Beginning of the season was different when they had six matches without defeat that include three victories and three draws, which is why they occupied at one point the second position. They won just once in last four rounds, two rounds ago against the KTP.

In previous round they were unexpectedly defeated at home by feeble Kups by 3-2, when coach Lyyski had made some changes in the team. He put Mantilla on the right flank instead of Makinen, while midfielder Ibrahim was absent, who scored against the KTP. Ibrahim should return now in the midfield and if Mantilla moves in the midfield than Makinen could play again on the right flank. We need to say that Finish national team player Forsell plays for this team but he is currently injured.

Probable lineups IFK Mariehamn: Virtanen – Makinen, Kojola, Lyyski, da Cruz – Sid, Mantilla, Tammilehto, Span – Orgill, Assis

FC Lahti – IFK Mariehamn PICK

Lahti’s defence plays fairly well, and is especially good at home recently. We expect to continue in that rhythm at this match. Mariehemn is dangerous away but it often happens to them to play matches with just few goals, which is exactly what we expect from this match.

Pick: under 2.5 goals

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.67 at bet365 (down to 1.57 can be played)

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