UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 22 July: IFK Mariehamn vs HIFK - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 22 July: IFK Mariehamn vs HIFK

Veikkausliiga 22 July: IFK Mariehamn vs HIFK

IFK Mariehamn vs HIFK 16:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 1.74 – 3.30 – 4.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

IFK Mariehamn is coming into this match after their humiliating 6-0 loss to Legia Warsaw on Wednesday in the Champions League qualifiers. In the league they are currently 5th with just 2 points behind FC Lahti for a Top-3 position. HIFK is currently 11th and are already 6 points from safety.

IFK Mariehamn has been one of the best home teams in this league as they have only lost once all season (FC Lahti). They have won 5 and drawn 3. They have been good defensively in recent games but against Ilves in their last home game, they conceded twice. Before that, they had kept VPS and FC Inter without scoring.

HIFK is coming into this match without a win and there has been talk about letting go their head coach Antti Muurinen. They lost to KuPS in the last game at home 1-4 which was their second 1-4 loss in their last 3 games. They played well against RoPS but still their defense made a couple of mistakes and were only able to draw. The team is in a bit of a mess right now. The defense makes mistakes and the offense does not score enough. With the exception of Mikael Forssell who has now scored a goal in their last 4 games in a row.

The teams met once this season in Helsinki with the match ending 1-1. Last season Mariehamn beat HIFK twice 1-0 but HIFK did beat Mariehamn 2-5 after Antti Muurinen took over in his first match.

Starting line ups:
Mariehamn: Nordqvist – Granlund, Kojola, Friberg Da Cruz, Wirtanen – Mattsson, Dafaa, Sellin – Kangaskolkka, Ekhalie
HIFK: Maanoja – Anyamele, A Lody, Bäckman, Hänninen – Terävä, Halme, Väyrynen, Gela – Sihvola, Mäkelä

Prediction:

Over 2.5 goals is our main pick. Mariehamn changes quite a few players especially defensively so goals can be expected.