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Veikkausliiga 21 April: FC Lahti vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 21 April: FC Lahti vs Ilves

FC Lahti vs Ilves 16:00 Kisapuisto, Lahti
Odds 2.37 – 3.00 – 2.90 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is another big match between last season´s number 4 and number 3. FC Lahti has started their season with 4 points from two games. Again their main strength seems to be in defense. Ilves lost their opening game to HJK but bounced back with a good 2-1 win over KuPS. The teams met in the Finnish Cup this season in indoors where the match ended 2-2. Last season the teams met 3 times with the first two matches ending in a draw and Ilves winning at home the last match 2-1.

FC Lahti team news:

Lahti has remained almost the same since last season and now that they re-signed their goalkeeper Vasyutin, their defense looks really strong again. Their playing style is to keep their defense tight and then try to get at least one goal to win the match. So far it has worked with a 3-2 win over TPS in their opening game and then a solid defensive display against FC Honka 0-0. We still rate them to be a bit weaker than last season but with a solid defense they can be yet again in the fight for Euro Cup places.

Ilves team news:

Ilves changed a lot from last season but with new signings it does not look like their quality has dropped much if any. Defensively they are good again despite having Baba Mensah on the injury list. They will yet again be the team with a lot of 1-goal wins. They played well against HJK but only lost in the end thanks to an easily given penalty. They then beat KuPS 2-1 despite having to play that match on neutral ground. At home they will be at their best this season but even away from home they can make it difficult for their opponents.

Starting Line ups:

Lahti: Vasiutin – Taimi, Jovanovic, Viatkin, Hauhia – Jäntti, Paananen – Hertsi, Osipov, Hostikka – Anier
Ilves: Hilander – Aspegren, Miettunen, Tanska, Ojala – Tamminen, Ala-Myllymäki – Thiaw, Siira, Järvinen – Noubissi

Prediction:

Draw and under 2.5 goals