Just one game tonight in the Veikkausliiga as the two IFK´s of the league meet in Helsinki.

HIFK vs IFK Mariehamn 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Bethard odds: 1.45 – 4.30 – 6.75

Both teams have started their season a bit above expectation. Newly promoted HIFK was supposed to be the clear favourite for relegation due to the big changes the club had after promotion and nobody believed in their team play. Even though they only have 4 points so far and are second from bottom, still it has not been because of their team play.

The biggest weakness IFK Mariehamn was supposed to have was their offense, but in their five games, they have scored 13 goals which is the biggest amount in the Veikkausliiga. The position right now is fifth but they are only three points behind leaders Ilves with a game in hand.

HIFK team news

There has been 1.4 goals per game in average and this is based on the great organised defense and good goalkeeping. On top of that it is based on the weak offense that they have right now. Their game is based on aggressive high pressing game where they try to get the ball from the opponent and this worked well against teams who like to keep the ball like HJK (1-1) and Honka (2-0 win). When they have to hold the ball and create chances by themselves, then they are a bit in trouble.

Starting line-ups: Origi – Sesay, Patronen, Mäntylä, Selander – Nando, Gela – Mattsson, Toro, Larsson – Erikson

IFK Mariehamn team news

IFK Mariehamn does not have a problem in scoring goals as there has been 4.0 goals in average per game in their games. Though they are not as offensive team as the stats would suggest, but they do have several players capable of scoring goals. So far they have 7 different goal scorers. They are also really good in set pieces. Still you have to wonder how much IFK Mariehamn has benefitted from their starting schedule. They have bet some of the big teams on bad condition grass pitches like Honka who they beat 1-3 and RoPS at home 2-0. Their third win came against newly promoted KPV whose game is still a mess (0-4). The defense though is a problem for them. In their last game they dominated the first half against KuPS and led them 3-0. Then they just lost it in the second half and lost the game 3-4. That is a problem but luckily for them HIFK does not have that good attackers as KuPS has.

Starting line-ups: Forsman – Mäenpää, Buwalda, Ketting, Murnane – Crawford, Sjölund, Sid, Lönn – Mboma, Sjöroos

Prediction:

The visitors have the benefit of rest here. This will be already the 3rd game in 9 days for HIFK as the “islanders” are only playing their second game in a week. That and the playing style, we like the away win here.  Bethard with 2.35 odds

 

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