UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 6 August: IFK Mariehamn vs SJK - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 6 August: IFK Mariehamn vs SJK

Veikkausliiga 6 August: IFK Mariehamn vs SJK

IFK Mariehamn vs SJK 15:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 2.37 – 3.10 – 2.90 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Reigning Champions IFK Mariehamn, who are currently 8th and are without a win in their last 4 matches, will host SJK who have won their last 4 matches and sit currently on 6th position. Two points ahead of their hosts.

IFK Mariehamn had a poor July. They went the whole month without a win. They were humiliated in the Champions League qualifiers where they lost 9-0 on aggregate to Legia warsaw. In the league they drew with VPS, Ilves and HIFK before losing heavily to FC Lahti (6-2). If you count the UCL qualifiers, they have conceded 18 goals in their last 5 matches which is very strange to a team that usually has had a very good defense. They will miss Brian Span from this match due to suspension.

SJK has finally found their form. They first beat JJK, PS Kemi and RoPS but their last round win over KuPS was their first against a Top-5 team since they beat their rivals VPS in the 2nd round of the season. They have improved on their defense as in the last 5 games, they have conceded only twice. This has been the key for the wins as their offense is still looking to improve. SJK will get back Johannes Laaksonen but will still miss injured Matej Hradecky, Richie Dorman, Timo Tahvanainen and Billy Ions.

The teams met once this season in Seinäjoki with the match ending 1-1. Last season SJK won the last game at home against Mariehamn 1-0 but IFK had taken the two first ones, home and away 1-0.

Starting line ups:
MIFK: Vaikla – Granlund, Kojola, Friberg da Cru, Mäenpää – Ekhalie, Dafaa, Petrovic, Sellin – Sid, Kangaskolkka
SJK: Aksalu – Sundman, Hatakka, Bardanca, Hurme – Malolo, Hetemaj – Zeneli, Sheppard, Sarajärvi – Mboma

Prediction:

Mariehamn will want to improve defensively and as SJK is defensively now quite solid, the main pick is under 2.5 goals.