UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 12 October: FC Lahti vs IFK Mariehamn - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 12 October: FC Lahti vs IFK Mariehamn

Veikkausliiga 12 October: FC Lahti vs IFK Mariehamn

FC Lahti vs IFK Mariehamn 18:30 Lahden Stadion, Lahti
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This is a big game for both teams as both are still in the fight for a Euro Cup place. FC Lahti is 3rd with 46 points and IFK Mariehamn is 3 points behind them on 5th position.

FC Lahti form is faltering a bit right at the end of the season. There is a clear reason for this and it is their goalkeeper Vasyutin who got injured a couple of weeks ago and will miss the rest of the season. Earlier in the season, his saves won a lot of points for FC Lahti and his replacement Miikka Mujunen has not been as good. He has been ok but his errors in the last couple of games have cost Lahti points. For a team who has the 2nd best defensive record in the league behind HJK, they have not kept a clean sheet in their last 7 matches. Lahti is a good home team when it comes to NOT LOSING. They have lost only twice but on the other hand they have won only 5 times also with 7 matches ending in a draw.

IFK Mariehamn already looked like they were out from the fight for top spots but their recent form of 10 points in their last 5 matches have put them back in it. If you would only count the points you have earned at home, Mariehamn would be on second position but unfortunately you have to add also your points from the away games and that has been their downfall. They are the worst away team in the league with only 1 win and 8 points in total from 13 away games. With an average away record, they would be clear 2nd best team in the league. If Mariehamn wants to get into Europe, they will need to start picking up points on the road as they only have 1 more home match left this season.

Mariehamn has lost only once this season at home and that was against FC Lahti. Lahti also won their last home match against them 6-2 so MIFK will have a tough time in this match.

Starting line ups:
Lahti: Pakkanen – Hauhia, Voutilainen, Kärkkäinen, Sesay – Helmke, Kuningas, Paananen, Hertsi – Simonovski, Stenio
MIFK: Nordqvist – Granlund, Friberg Da Cruz, Kojola, Sparrdall Mantilla – Hlupik, Petrovic, Ekhalie, Span – Sid, Kangaskolkka

Prediction:

Main bet here is both teams to score as Lahti will struggle to keep a clean sheet with Mujunen in goal and Mariehamn will struggle to keep a clean sheet on the road in general. X2 also has some value.