Lahti – Mariehamn FREE PICKS
FC Lahti and IFK Mariehamn meet in Kisapuisto, in a match for the 20th day of the Veikkausliiga. FC Lahti won the away match by (1-2), the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 22-05-2018. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 2 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 4 matches. Indeed, the last time these teams met at this stadium was on 22-06-2015, for Veikkausliiga, they ended in a draw for (0-0). The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 6th and 11th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 3rd classified in home games and the 12th as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 6 th position of the league, with 29 points won, after 7 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Seinäjoen JK, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Inter Turku, by (1-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 12 points in away matches, with 6 goals scored and 7 conceded, against 12 points won at their stadium, with 12 goals scored and 7 conceded. In their last match, for the UEFA Europa League, they got an away tie against FH by (0-0). In the last 9 home matches for the championship FC Lahti won 5, tied 3 and lost 1, so they have won 18 points out of 27 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (5 out of 9 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 18 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Lahti comes to this game with a goalless draw against the FH, but was eliminated in the early stages of the Europa League. In the last match for the championship, the home side lost to Inter Turku, 1-2. In this game against the fans, coach Toni Korkeakunnas is expected to play in 4-3-3, favoring possession football and organized attacks from the flanks. Striker Henri Anier is the best Lahti marker in this Finnish championship, with 4 goals scored. The defensive sector is one of the strengths of this team, since it suffered on average 0.78 goals per game. For this game the coach can count on all the players.
The away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 15 points won, after 4 wins, 3 draws and 11 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against TPS Turku, by (2-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Honka Espoo, by (1-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 5 points in away matches and 10 at their stadium, with 7 goals scored and 16 conceded at home, against 15 goals scored and 20 conceded at home. For the league, IFK Mariehamn won 5 points out of 24 possible points, after 1 win, 2 draws and 5 losses in the last 8 away matches.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 6 away matches. In their home matches there are a few frequent results: at half-time 1-0 (3 out of 8 matches) and at the end of the game 2-0 (3 out of 8 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 18 matches in this competition, they only got 2 comebacks in the 13 matches in which they suffered the first goal. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The whole Mariehamn comes to this unmotivated game, after having added another day without winning in this competition, losing at home to Honka, 1-2. It is important to underline that the visitors only added a victory in the last 10 matches played in this Finnish championship. On this visit to the Lahti stadium, coach Peter Lundberg must act with a more cautious strategy, exploring any space to apply the counterattack. Striker Kangaskolkka is the best scorer of the Mariehamn, with 6 goals scored. To report that visitors have the worst performance away from home: only 5 points in 8 games played. The entire template is available for this game.
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