Mariehamn vs HIFK
Date: Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Wiklof Holding Arena (Mariehamn).
The defending Finnish champions IFK Mariehamn have plenty of ground to cover after dropping points in the previous round. They are coming across a HIFK side, who are deeply involved in a relegation battle this season.
Mariehamn are coming on the back of heavy defeat at Poland in this mid-week’s Champions League qualifiers. Legia Warsaw beat them 6-0 in the return leg to inflict a heavy 9-0 aggregate loss.
The result is not a surprise as Mariehamn looked out of sorts in recent weeks. They drew back-to-back Veikkausliiga games on the background, and managed only one win from the previous four. They are currently 5th in the standings, a massive 11 point gap with league leaders HJK.
However, Mariehamn will be relieved to get back to home ground as they are unbeaten in the last four league games here. Also, they scored a minimum of 2 goals during the period picking up 3 wins and a draw.
HIFK are 11th in the league table, the second and final relegation spot. There is a six point gap with PS Kemi just above them and they need to start picking up points on a consistent basis.
The team from Helsinki has picked up just 2 wins all season. But they were experts in picking up draws at the start of the season. However, things have took a big u-turn as they are coming after losing in 5 of their last 7 games.
Away form home, HIFK managed just 1 win from their 7 matches so far this season. This came against fellow relegation battlers JJK Jyvaskyla. The remaining six games saw 4 draw and 2 losses.
Mariehamn vs HIFK: Head-to-head
It was a 1-1 draw when the teams met for current season’s league clash earlier in May.
HIFK and Mariehamn share 3 wins each from their last 10 meetings in all competitions. The remaining 4 draws saw the same 1-1 score-line.
Again at home, Mariehamn share 2 wins and a draw from the last five matches.
Mariehamn vs HIFK: Prediction
Mariehamn are coming with some strong results in front of their home fans. Therefore, they are the the team to back here for a win. Especially against a team like HIFK, who struggled to win matches away from home.
Mariehamn vs HIFK: Bet Tips
FT – Mariehamn to win for 1.80 with William Hill.
Over 2.5 goals at 2.15 with Unibet.