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Veikkausliiga 20 October: Ilves vs FC Lahti preview

Veikkausliiga 20 October: Ilves vs FC Lahti preview

Ilves vs FC Lahti 14:30 Tammelan Stadion, Tampere
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This is the penultimate game of the season for both teams. Ilves is currently 5th and they are only 3 points behind European Cup football but their goal difference is so much worse than KuPS or Honka that basically them getting into Europe would require that neither Honka or KuPS win a game anymore this season and for Ilves to win both of theirs. FC Lahti has nothing to play for anymore as they are 8th and already 4 points from a Top-6 position.

Ilves has been the most interesting team this season who have battled against injuries and selling their top goal scorer and for them to be in this position still with two games to go is a huge achievement. Their head coach Jarkko Wiss has had to work with a small budget and he has seen a few injuries to his key players which has forced him to get some youth players into the squad and they have played great. At home they have been the 4th best team in the league with a 7-6-3 record.

FC Lahti has not won a game in their last 12 games and this made them sack their long term coach Toni Korkeakunnas. Sami Ristilä is now in charge but things still do not look too good. The defense leaks goals and the offense does not score enough. Only SJK and PS Kemi have scored less goals than FC Lahti this season. Away from home they have won only two games this season and their overall away record is 2-7-6. They have not won an away game in 11 games and in those games they have only managed to score 4 goals. Still the players are no playing for their jobs so they will want to end this rot before the season ends.

Previous matches (This season):

Ilves 0-0 FC Lahti
FC Lahti 2-0 Ilves
Highlights from their last matches – Click here.

Ilves team news:

Ilves will be without Tiemoko Fofana, Baba Mensah and Tuomas Rannankari.

Lahti team news:

Kalle Taimi is out and several others are doubts. They might rest the players who played during international break.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Almen, Miettunen, Tomas, Kazi – Järvinen, Siira – Haarala, Ojala, Mettälä – Huhtala
Lahti: Shishkovski – Sesay, Josimar, Hauhia – Hertsi, Virta, Osipov, Paananen – Sadik, Stenio, Salmikivi

Prediction:

FC Lahti can surprise here. X2