Lahti (@2.9) vs IFK Mariehamn (@2.3)
01-09-2019

Our Prediction:

IFK Mariehamn will win

Lahti – IFK Mariehamn Match Prediction | 01-09-2019 10:00

IFK Mariehamn managed to secure their spot in theSuomen Cup final a few weeks ago as they overcame VPS Vaasa in a 3-1 victory, and they will be hoping that,that success can drive them on for the rest of the campaign. That is not to say all is lost, as they come into this match as the second most in form side in the Veikkausliiga with 14 points from their last eight league matches. In the league, however, the hosts have not exactly been impressive and they have managed to claim just six points in their four games on home soil so far this term.

Given that the hosts have had little time to prepare for the match and are not exactly at their free flowing best, we think it is best to stay away from the win-draw-win market. One of those sides, FC Lahti, are straight back into action on Sunday as they welcome struggling IFK Mariehamn to the Lahti Stadium. It has not been the best news for Finland in Europe this week as all three sides who had featured in the first qualifying round of the Europa League have failed to make it through to the next stage of the competition.

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13 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.67 goals per Match.FC Lahti in actual season average scored 1.10 goals per match. In 26 (78.79%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 16 (48.48%) matches in season 2019 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Below the text is a list of the direct games. IFK Mariehamn won 11 matches. IFK Mariehamn average scored 1.39 goals per match in season 2019. In 11 (68.75%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. Below you will find a lot of statistics that make it easier Predict the result for a match between both teams. In 8 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Teams FC Lahti IFK Mariehamn played so far 42 matches.FC Lahti won 18 direct matches.

It is not as if the defensive record of the visitors is a particularly impressive one either as they have kept just one clean sheet all season and currently hold the worst defensive record in the division, with 36 goals conceded in their 18 outings in the league this term. With nine defeats from their previous 11 outings and just five points earned on the road this season, it should be a routine weekend win for the hosts, despite the short turnaround.

Two of the sides who will perhaps not have championship ambitions come together this weekend at theWiklf Holding Arena as IFK Mariehamn face off against FC Lahti in a contest which perhaps has more consequences on the lower half of the table rather than the top. The season may be in its early stages but already the state of play in Finland is suggesting that we may be in for an interesting campaign as the multiple Veikkausliiga champions, HJK Helsinki, have started the campaign in less than fluent fashion.

However, given that they have scored just three goals in their last four outings and their visitors struggle to find the back of the net on the road, we think that backing there to be less than 2.5 goals represents the best opportunity for a decent return. With the hosts starting to find their feet in the league, they will no doubt approach this contest fully expecting to earn the three points.

However, after failing to win any of their previous four outings and scoring just twice in the process, we think that Lahti will identify this match as one to be more aggressive in. It is a trait which has been pretty successful, as they have the second best defensive record in the division and have kept a clean sheet in 44% of their matches on home soil. Scoring plenty of goals is not exactly the game which FC Lahti have built their season on as they have concentrated on building from the back instead.

FC Lahti - IFK Mariehamn

The visitors have been reasonably solid in recent outings but with just four points coming on the road so far, they know that they have plenty of work to do. The side hoping to upset the party this Sunday is a FC Lahti side who are not exactly the most in from side in the division at the moment. FC Lahtis trouble on the road is no doubt influenced by the fact that they have failed to find the back of the net on a consistent basis and that is shown perfectly by the fact that they have failed to score in 75% of their matches on the road.

Lets see what happens. Weve got the feeling that FC Lahti will have to play well to see themselves scoring against this IFK Mariehamn side who we think will likely manage to get a goal of their own in a winning performance. Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for FC Lahti v IFK Mariehamn can be seen below - plus the latest match odds. We therefore think that its going to be a good battle with a 0-1 advantage for IFK Mariehamn at the end of the 90 minutes.

With nine defeats from their previous 11 outings and just five points earned on the road this season, it should be a routine weekend win for the hosts, despite the short turnaround. It is not as if the defensive record of the visitors is a particularly impressive one either as they have kept just one clean sheet all season and currently hold the worst defensive record in the division, with 36 goals conceded in their 18 outings in the league this term.