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Veikkausliiga 13 May: IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 13 May: IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves

IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves 19:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 2.55 – 3.00 – 2.73 – Bet NOW at RedKings

After slow starts, both IFK and Ilves are climbing up at the standings towards the top half of the table. After just 1 points from their opening 4 games, IFK Marihamn has gotten 7 from their last 3. Ilves also has gotten 7 points from their last 3 games.

IFK Mariehamn had an awful start to the season with their defense leaking goals and their offense not scoring. Their defense still leaks but at least their offense has become better. They have had some key injuries this season especially key midfielder Petrovic who will be out for 2-3 months. They already reacted to this by signing former Swedish youth international Amin Nazari. IFK Mariehamn was one of the best home teams in the league last season due to their smaller pitch but this has not shown this season. They have already played 4 home games with a 1-1-2 record. Looks like the change in the team has been bigger than expected. Despite them earning 7 points from their last 3 games, you should not get too excited. The wins came against the bottom two sides PS Kemi and TPS and in both cases the wins were narrow (3-2) and the draw came against another newly promoted team FC Honka thanks to a bit lucky goal on the 85th minute.

Ilves also changed a lot from last season and it took them a while to get going but they are on their way to the top-6 again. They beat RoPS and FC Inter both by 1-0. Those were important wins but more importantly, they managed to keep two clean sheets. On the other hand, they are struggling to score goals. Their main striker Marius Noubissi had several chances against RoPS but he was not wearing his shooting boots as chance after chance went wide. If he can improve his goal scoring then, Ilves will climb a lot in the standing.

Previous matches (last season):

IFK Mariehamn 0-1 Ilves
IFK Mariehamn 2-2 Ilves
Ilves 3-0 IFK Mariehamn

MIFK team news:

Mariehamn will be without Philip Mantilla and Gabriel Petrovic. Robin Sid and Aapo Mäenpää are doubts.

Ilves team news:

They will miss long term injured Baba Mensah and Ilari Mettälä. They will also miss Onduku due to injury.

Starting Line ups:

MIFK: Nordqvist – Mattsson, Kojola, Tatomirovic, Murnane – Åsbrink, Maripuu, Mäkinen, Silverholt – Ekhalie, Kangaskolkka
Ilves: Hilander – Järvinen, Miettunen, Tanska, Tomas, Aspegren – Tamminen, Thiaw, Siira, Ala-Myllymäki – Noubissi

Prediction:

Ilves draw no bet.