UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 31 May: IFK Mariehamn vs RoPS - Pick push - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 31 May: IFK Mariehamn vs RoPS – Pick push

Veikkausliiga 31 May: IFK Mariehamn vs RoPS

IFK Mariehamn vs RoPS 18:30 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 1.62 – 3.40 – 5.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

IFK Mariehamn has not had the best time so far this season and retaining the title looks difficult. They have only 11 points from their opening 9 games and they are struggling in turning draws into wins. Their defense is still good but not as solid as it was last season. Their offense is weaker as they have managed to score more than 1 goal only in their two winning games against the two weakest teams in the league (5-2 JJK and 3-0 PS Kemi). Against better defenses they have struggled. Their last game against SJK (1-1) showed improvement. They were very strong in the first half but they could not keep that level in the 2nd half and allowed SJK to get back into the game. Even though the league is very even, this is beginning to be a must win game for them if they wish to fight for Euro Cup places this season. Robin Sellin returns from suspension to this match.

RoPS will make the long way to Mariehamn with a depleted squad. They have had many injuries in the squad and they were forced to play in their previous games players who were not completely fit. Despite this, their performance against KuPS (0-1 loss) in the last game was ok. To lose the game in the last 7 minutes though hurt, especially as it was the 500th Veikkausliiga game for head coach Juha Malinen. A lot will depend on if they can get players back from injury in time for this match in order to challenge the Champions in this match. They have struggled in their away games with only 1 win in 4 matches so far, losing the other 3. That win though was an unexpected one against Ilves in Tampere.

Last season the teams met 3 times with Mariehamn beating RoPS 1-0 at home and the two matches in Rovaniemi ending in low scoring draws (0-0, 1-1).

Starting line ups:
IFK Mariehamn: Vaikla – Granlund, Kojola, Lyyski, Friberg Da Cruz – Span, Sparrdall Mantilla, Petrovic, Ekhalie – Sellin, Kangaskolkka
RoPS: Reguero – Addy, Hämäläinen, Tatomirovic, Kaita – Nurmela, Muinonen – Ylätupa, Taylor, Stavitski – Eze

Prediction:

IFK Mariehamn to win -1AH