FC Lahti and Ilves meet at Lahden Stadion, in a match for the 16th round of the Veikkausliiga. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 04-26-2019, Ilves won at home against (1-0). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 1 win and 2 draws in the last 3 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 06-16-2017, in a match for Veikkausliiga which ended in a draw by (0-0). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since FC Lahti presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 9 th position of the league, with 15 points won, after 3 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against HIFK, by (0-0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Inter Turku, by (2-0). This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 4 victories, 5 draws and 6 defeats in their stadium. For the league, FC Lahti won 8 points out of 21 possible points, after 1 win, 5 draws and 1 loss in the last 7 home matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 20 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that marks few times is first and only managed to open the scoring in 3 of its last 14 games for Veikkausliiga, of these 3 came to rest in advantage in 1 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in all. In 14 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 10 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Lahti is going through a more negative phase of the season, having won only 2 of its last 10 games in the league and lost to Inter Turku, by 2×0, on the last day. It should be noted that the local club is at the bottom of the leaderboard. In this game against Ilves, leader of the competition, coach Sami Ristilä must opt for a more defensive mentality, seeking to add at least one draw. The local club tends to have difficulty to play, since it opened the marker in only 1 of its 7 games. Josué Currais is the great highlight of this team, with 3 goals and 1 assistance. All equipment is available for this game.
The away team is currently in the 1 st position of the league, with 28 points won, after 8 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against VPS Vaasa, by (1-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Seinäjoen JK, by (3-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 12 conceded; against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 33 goals scored and 11 conceded. In the last 7 away matches for the championship, Ilves has a record of 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, so he has won 16 points out of 21 possible.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 victories in the last matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 13 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Ilves arrive in this match with a 3-0 victory against SJK, adding their fourth consecutive triumph in the Finnish championship: the goals of the team were marked by Ala-Myllymaki (2) and Nadson (2). It is worth noting that the visitors managed to advance to the next phase of the Finnish Cup, beating the Mariehamn by 0x2. Ilves has managed to maintain a high performance as a visitor, having won 5 of his 7 games. Coach Jarkko Wiss must present a team hungry for possession of the ball, that is, he will take advantage of the opponent’s lack of confidence to score goals. The attacking midfielder Ala-Myllymaki is the top scorer of Ilves, with 8 goals scored. There are no big absences for this game.