UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 22 June: HJK vs IFK Mariehamn - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 22 June: HJK vs IFK Mariehamn

Veikkausliiga 22 June: HJK vs IFK Mariehamn

HJK vs IFK Mariehamn 18:30 Telia 5G Areena, Helsinki
Odds 1.27 – 4.75 – 9.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

League leaders HJK have been in great form this season and they already have a 8 point gap to the 2nd team. They have earned 31 points from 14 matches and have suffered only one loss all season. At home they have been deadly as they have won all their games except one (1-1 with Inter) and have a goal difference of 20-1 at home. All season they have conceded only 6 goals in total.

This game will be another challenge as it will be the third game they will play without their star player Alfredo Morelos who was sold to Glasgow Rangers. In the first game they easily beat JJK 4-0 and in their last game they beat KuPS 0-2. Now they will face one of the best defenses in the league so goal scoring can get difficult. From this match HJK should get back their main goalkeeper Dähne and important midfielder Moshtagh Yaghoubi. Pirinen is still suspended.

IFK Mariehamn has had a tough start to the season but they have improved lately. They have climbed to 3rd position already but are still 11 points behind HJK with a game in hand. In their last 5 games they have earned 10 points with the only tarnish being a 3-0 loss to PS Kemi. Their defense has not been at the same level as last season but they are scoring more goals, thanks to Kangaskolkka who has scored already 7 times. Robbin Sellin has also been in good form as long as he is allowed to play on the wing where he has assisted 5 times this season.

Helsinki has been a tough place to play for Mariehamn as they have never beaten HJK there. HJK has won 19 times and 5 times they have drawn. The teams met once in the league this season in Mariehamn where the points were shared 1-1. In the Finnish Cup though, HJK won 0-3.

Starting line ups:
HJK: Uusitalo – Rafinha, Halme, Patronen, Jalasto – Annan, Dahlström – Savage, Atom, Onovo – Pelvas
MIFK: Vaikla – Friberg Da Cruz – Lyyski, Kojola, Mäenpää – Sellin, Petrovic, Sparrdal Mantilla, Ekhalie – Span, Kangaskolkka

Prediction:

HJK should win this, but not with a high margin. Initial pick HJK to win by 2 goals exactly. 2-0 will be close so under 2.5 has value.