UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 22 May: IFK Mariehamn vs FC Lahti - Football Finland
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Veikkausliiga 22 May: IFK Mariehamn vs FC Lahti

Veikkausliiga 22 May: IFK Mariehamn vs FC Lahti

IFK Mariehamn vs FC Lahti 19:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 2.77 – 3.10 – 2.40 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Both of these teams have aspirations to make it into Europe again this season. Last season Mariehamn needed only a draw from their home game against Ilves in the last round of the Veikkausliiga to secure European football. At the same time FC Lahti had to beat HIFK in their own game. As it happened Mariehamn lost 0-1 at home and FC Lahti scored on added time to beat HIFK and finish 4th. We are sure that Mariehamn has not forgotten this. This season Lahti has started better as they have lost only once all season and are 4th with 15 points. IFK Mariehamn started badly but have since improved. They are 8th with 11 points.

IFK Mariehamn lost their last game to KuPS in Kuopio 2-1. They led the game but conceded 2 goals already in the first half to lose. This has been their biggest problem, conceding goals. They have conceded already 16 goals in 9 games which is the 2nd highest in the league. Just as comparison, their opponent Lahti has conceded only 6 goals. Not sure if its the young goalkeeper Marc Nordqvist or their normally solid defense who is to blame but in any case, this has to improve if they wish to battle for European cup football places for next season.

FC Lahti has shown again this season that they are very difficult to beat. They have lost only once this season (RoPS) and they continue to play with a solid defense. If they could only be able to score more goals, they would be able to change those draws into wins. They are 4-3-1 so far this season. They have played only 8 games so far so this has given them a slight advantage against some teams who have played already 9 or 10 games.

Previous matches (Last season):

Lahti 0-1 IFK Mariehamn
Lahti 6-2 IFK Mariehman
IFK Mariehamn 0-2 Lahti

MIFK team news:

They will miss Philip Mantilla, Gabriel Petrovic and Robin Sid

Lahti team news:

They will miss Santeri Pakkanen, Joona Tiainen, Tomi Kult, Teemu Jäntti, Fareed Sadat and Timi Voutilanen.

Starting Line ups:

MIFK: Nordqvist – Mattsson, Kojola, Tatomirovic, Murnane – Åsbrink, Maripuu, Mäkinen, Silverholt – Kangaskolkka, Fernandes
Lahti: Shishkovski – Taimi, Jovanovic, Viatkin, Hauhia, Sesay – Paananen, Dmitrijev, Hostikka – Anier, Stenio

Prediction:

IFK Mariehamn draw no bet.