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Veikkausliiga 8 April: IFK Mariehamn vs JJK

Veikkausliiga 8 April: IFK Mariehamn vs JJK

IFK Mariehamn vs JJK 16:00 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 1.41 – 3.80 – 7.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

The champions IFK Mariehamn start their title defense with supposedly the easiest game in the league. At home against the biggest relegation favourite. Mariehamn will rely again on their strength which was their great defense. They will have to as it looks like they might not be able score as many goals as last season. Their pre-season has not been the best. They did win their Finnish Cup group beating for instance FC Inter but in the quarterfinals against HJK they were completely outplayed. Also in their friendlies after they suffered big defeats against Vålerenga (6-0) and Örebrö (4-1). They will have to improve considerably if they wish to retain their title.

JJK started their pre-season with a humilating 9-1 loss to KuPS in the Cup. After that they have been slowly improving and they should be ready for the new season. The newly promoted team will find Veikkausliiga difficult. They are playing with almost the same group of players as last season. They lost two key players in Iiro Järvinen and Niko Markkula but other than that, the level of the team should be same as last season. The gap in level between the two leagues might be too much but they should be able to surprise in a couple of matches. They lack firepower up front so we doubt they will be able to score many goals. From this match JJK will miss Välimaa, Varmanen and Abahassine.

Starting line ups:
MIFK: Vaikla – Friberg Da Cruz, Kojola, Lyyski, Mäenpää – Sparrdall Mantilla, Petrovic, Ekhalie, Sellin – Span, Kangaskolkka
JJK: Marttinen – Hanslian, Lähitie, Nieminen, Tapaninen – Poutiainen, Kari, Suoraniemi, Manninen – Petrescu, Tahvanainen

Prediction:

Initial pick under 2.5 goals. JJK might have had a chance for a surprise but those 3 heavy losses that IFK Mariehamn has had in their last 3 games will make them want to start the season better. They will not underestimate JJK but as both teams struggle to score goals, the under is the most likely outcome. The odds for Mariehamn are too low.