UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 15 April: IFK Mariehamn vs HJK - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 15 April: IFK Mariehamn vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 15 April: IFK Mariehamn vs HJK

Mariehamn vs HJK 16:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 4.75 – 3.40 – 1.66 – Bet NOW at RedKings

It is odd that the reigning champions would get a 4.50 home odds against any team but the odds are fair. The teams met in the Finnish Cup quarterfinals earlier in the season and despite the match being played indoors, HJK was the clear 0-3 winner. Mariehamn looks a bit weaker this season and will struggle to even make it to the Top-4. HJK on the other hand looks like a clear champion. The team is stronger and has more width. It would be very surprising if they would fail to win the league by at least 10 points.

IFK Mariehamn has/had the best defense in the league with Kojola – Lyyski central pairing strong against any opponent. That however did not seem so in their season opener where they were behind 0-2 only after 10 minutes against the biggest favourite for relegation JJK. They did come back and win easily 5-2 but that was more thanks to the poor defense of JJK than the good offense of Mariehamn.

HJK has already played twice this season in the league and both at home. A 5-0 win over VPS was followed by a 2-0 win over KuPS. KuPS only had 1 good chance in the game but they showed that HJK had problems trying to break that defense down. If Mariehamn can play defensively like they did last season, there should not be many goals here.

Last season HJK won the first match at home 2-0 but the next two matches in Mariehamn and Helsinki ended in a draw. Overall Mariehamn has beaten HJK 4 times at home, 4 matches have ended in a draw and HJK has won 10 times in all competitions.

You can read more about Mariehamn – HERE.

You can read more about HJK – HERE.

Starting line ups:
MIFK: Vaikla – Friberg Da Cruz, Kojola, Lyyski, Mäenpää – Span, Petrovic, Sparrdal Mantilla, Dafaa – Kangaskolkka, Sellin
HJK: Dähne – Rafinha, Patronen, Obilor, Jalasto – Annan, Mosa – Jallow, Tanaka, Pirinen – Pelvas

Prediction:

The odds are fair here. You have to take into consideration that this match is played on natural grass when HJK home pitch is artificial turf. Thus HJK might struggle a bit on their first match on natural grass. The only bet for this game I will have is Juha Pirinen to score anytime with 7.50 odds as a fun bet. He is playing higher up the field now and will play against young Mäenpää who is a new signing from the 1st division. He struggled a bit in their opening match against weak JJK so against Pirinen, he should struggle more. He is more of a crosser than a finisher but in this position he might get chances to go against the goalkeeper.