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Veikkausliiga 8 April: Ilves vs FC Lahti

Veikkausliiga 8 April: Ilves vs FC Lahti

Ilves vs FC Lahti 16:00 Ratinan Stadion, Tampere
Odds 1.87 – 3.15 – 4.25 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This match is not played at the normal Ilves home stadium Tammela but at Ratina due to bad condition of the Tammela pitch. The natural grass in Ratina seems to be in good condition for April.

This will be the first match for Ilves in the Veikkausliiga this season. They have been in good form in the pre-season. They won their group in the Finnish Cup by winning all their games. They also beat KPV in the quarterfinals before their 0-1 loss to HJK in the semis. They did lose 4-0 to Hammarby in the last friendly though. Before that their pre-season had been good. Ilves has a strong midfield, defense and goalkeeper. Attack should be better than last season but still it will be their weakest link this season. They will miss Penninkangas, Koskinen and Kazi.

FC Lahti started their own season already on Wednesday when they drew 1-1 against SJK in Seinäjoki. It was a good game for them and clearly showed that they have improved from pre-season. They will miss still Pyry Kärkkäinen and Igor Osipov from this match. Stenio is still waiting for his playing permit. Defensively FC Lahti is good but midfield is still lacking a bit. SJK was able to come through the middle quite easily a few times.

The teams met already once this season with Ilves winning 0-2 in Lahti. Last season both teams won once at home and the third game in Lahti finished in a 0-0 draw.

Starting line ups:
Ilves: Hilander – Hynynen, Tanska, Miettunen, Aspegren – Rahimi, Ayarna, Tendeng, Matrone – Tuco – Hilska
Lahti:Vasiutin – Hauhia, Jovanovic, Taimi – Hertsi, Kuningas, Nazimov, Helmke – Shala, Stenio, Hostikka

Prediction:

I need to change the initial pick of under as Lahti line-up is quite offensive. There is value on both teams to score.