UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 7 July: IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 7 July: IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 7 July: IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves

IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves 18:30 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 2.15 – 3.10 – 3.30 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Both teams are fighting for a top-3 position this season with Mariehamn currently 4th and Ilves 5th just 1 point behind but also having a game in hand. Mariehamn will have their biggest game of their history next week as they host Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Champions league 2nd qualifying round, but that is not until Wednesday.

IFK Mariehamn had a poor start to the season but have now found some form. Especially at home they have been really solid with 5 wins, 2 draws and only 1 loss. Their defense still has not been as good as last season but luckily their offense is covering them with Aleksei Kangaskolkka having a great season with 9 goals so far. He did not play in their last game against VPS but he is back again in this game. Mariehamn will miss only the injured Sparrdal-Mantilla and Albin Granlund.

Ilves was on a bad spell which saw them losing to both JJK and PS Kemi and concede 7 goals in those games. After this, they have put their defense in order and in their last 5 games (3W 1D 1L) they have conceded only 1 goal. They themselves have scored only 3 goals but it has been enough. Despite the good defensive record, they have been lucky. Their defense has had some communication errors which has led to dangerous chances for the opponents. In order to fix that, Ilves has been looking at signinig a new defender when the transfer window opens on the 10th of July. For this game Ilves is having injury problems with a multiple of players being doubts. They will definitely miss Marco Matrone due to suspension and most likely captain Hynynen and key play maker Tendeng are out due to injuries.

The teams met once this season in Tampere with Ilves winning 3-0. Before that, IFK Mariehamn had won the previous 4 meetings including twice in Mariehamn.

Starting line ups:
Mariehamn: Vaikla – Friberg Da Cruz, Kojola, Lyyski, Mäenpää – Span, Clement, Petrovic, Sellin – Ekhalie – Kangaskolkka
Ilves: Hilander – Koskinen, Tanska, Miettunen, Penninkangas – Agyiri, Siira – Tamminen, Ala-Myllymäki, Rahimi – Tuco

Prediction:

Mariehamn does not that big of a squad to do rotation so they should play with a good squad. With Ilves missing players, our pick is a home win.