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Veikkausliiga 27 September: HJK vs IFK Mariehamn

Veikkausliiga 27 September: HJK vs IFK Mariehamn

HJK vs IFK Mariehamn 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.28 – 5.00 – 8.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Leaders HJK will confirm the Veikkausliiga title if they get even a draw from this match against reigning Champions IFK Mariehamn who are still fighting for a Euro Cup place. IFK is currently 6th but only 2 points behind Ilves who are 4th occupying the last spot entitling to go to Europe for next season.

HJK has been the dominant team this season and they come into this match on top of the form table with 5 wins out of 5. They will win the double this season as on Saturday they beat SJK in the Finnish Cup final 0-1. They have by far the best record. They have lost only twice all season. They have scored the most goals (63 which is 2.33 avg), they have conceded the least amount of goals (12 which is 0.44 avg), they have the best home record (10-2-1), they have the best away record (8-5-1) so there is no doubt that they deserve to win the title. HJK will miss from this match the injured Mosa, Roni Peiponen, Ville Jalasto and Hannu Patronen. Aapo Halme is a doubt.

IFK Mariehamn could not repeat their last season´s performance and retain their title and the biggest issue for this was their away form. Last season they were one of the best away teams but this season they have the worst of all teams so far. Only 1 win and a total of 8 points from 12 away games is a really poor total for a team who won the title last season. On those twelve away games, they have scored only 8 goals and conceded 23. They have always been a defensive team that likes to hit on the break but this season that has not worked as their defense has been leaking goals.

The teams have met 3 times this season. HJK beat Mariehamn in the Cup 0-3. In the league the points were shared in Mariehamn 1-1 and in Helsinki HJK won 2-0. IFK Mariehamn has never beaten HJK in Helsinki. The teams have met 25 times with HJK winning 20 and 5 matches have ended in a draw.

Starting line ups:
HJK: Dähne – Rafinha, Obilor, Vesiaho, Pirinen – Schuller, Annan – Savage, Dahlström, Atom – Pelvas
MIFK: Nordqvist – Granlund, Friberg Da Cruz, Kojola, Sparrdal Mantilla – Mattson, Petrovic, Ekhalie, Span – Sid, Kangaskolkka

Prediction:

HJK to keep a clean sheet with 2.00 odds has value. That is our main pick.