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IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves preview

Veikkausliiga 2 September: IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves preview

IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves 19:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 2.40 – 3.05 – 2.80 – Bet NOW at RedKings

The teams met on Wednesday in Tampere with IFK Mariehamn earning a 1-2 win. That win helped them to stay on the better side of the relegation zone. With TPS winning yesterday, they are still only 1 point ahead of it. With Honka losing yesterday, Ilves still has a chance to get into 3rd position by winning their games in hand.

IFK Mariehamn have improved. The changes made in the team during the transfer window have taken some time to work, but now IFKM are undefeated in their last 3 games. Their defense is now better and slowly slowly their offense is catching up. Simon Silverholt scored twice in the Wednesday. He got a chance to be the striker after Aleksei Kangaskolkka was injured and he took his chance. IFKM is 4-2-6 this season at home. They are 2-1-2 in their last 5 home games.

Ilves has missed a lot of players this season and they even sold their best striker Noubissi just a week ago. They do not really have an in-and-out striker so it is no wonder that they cannot keep the good form going in every game. IFK Mariehamn seems to be their bogie team this season. That loss to IFKM was their first home loss of the season. Ilves has not been that good in their away games with a 5-1-6 record. They especially concede a lot of goals away from home.

Previous matches:

Ilves 1-2 IFKM (This season)
IFKM 2-0 Ilves(This season)

IFKM team news:

Kangaskolkka should be back from his suspension.

Ilves team news:

Ilves will miss a lot of players in this game. Mika Hilander and Tuure Siira are out due to illness. Lauri Ala-Myllymäki is out due to suspension. Felipe Aspegren, Baba Mensah and Tiemoko Fofana are injured. Naatan Skyttä is playing with the youth team and Martti Haukioja is on a trial with Sassuolo in the Serie A.

Starting Line ups:

IFKM: Levchenko – Coulibaly, Kojola, Tatomirovic, Murnane – Isaksson, Nazari, Petrovic, Mattsson – Silverholt, Sid
llves: Luukkanen – Rannankari, Huhtala, Miettunen, Kazi – Issa, Ojala – Mettälä, Järvinen, Severino – Jokelainen

Prediction:

Home win, maybe even by at least 2 goals