Lahti vs Mariehamn
Date: 12th October 2017
Kick off at 16:30 UK/17:30 CET
Venue: Lahden Stadion.
The title defense quest has been gone long time ago for the reigning champions Mariehamn, but Thursday’s visit to Lahden Stadion will be of a massive importance for the ambitions of earning their place in the Europa League qualifications next year.
The third position is three points away and it is held just by their 30th round opponents Lahti.
Toni Korkeakunnas can be proud of the job he has done so far in the season with Lahti.
The team is millimetres away from securing their spot in Europa League, but they still need to cross the finish line with four games left to play.
Mustat Kuhnurit dropped the ball losing 2-1 to their direct rivals Ilves in the previous round. Can they fix it against the defending champions?
Gronvitt have been struggling a lot to find the right shape ever since the start of the season, but their form grew with each new week as they managed to join the battle top three positions late in the campaign.
Peter Lundberg’s men won three of their last four matches (the lone loss came to the new champions HJK 1-0 on the road) and they will come into a very important away fixture at Lahti full of confidence.
Lahti vs Mariehamn: Head to head
The head to head tie entirely favours the home side as Mariehamn only won seven of their 36 meetings with Lahti.
Lahti came out victorious from both of their meetings with Mariehamn in this term, including a demolishing 6-2 win from late-July at Lahden Stadion.
Lahti vs Mariehamn: Prediction
Even though the hosts dominated the matchup in this season, we have to see the value in backing Mariehamn at 15/4 to back up the fine form and end the negative trend in H2H meetings.
Both sides have lethal attacking lines led by the likes of Marko Simonovski (13 goals for Lahti) and Aleksei Kangaskolkka (15 goals for Mariehamn) and the BTTS pick is more than a realistic option here.
Lahti vs Mariehamn: Bets
The first bet is BTTS at the odds of 7/10 @ 888 Sport.
Braver punters will fancy Mariehamn to win at 15/4 @ 888 Sport.