IFK Mariehamn vs Ilves
Date: Friday, 7th July 2017
Kick off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Wiklof Holding Arena.
Mariehamn finally managed to keep their net untouched in back-to-back fixtures to climb up to the fourth position in the Veikkausliiga standings.
The defending champions will try and build on the fine defensive displays this Friday when they are going to host the neighbour on the league standings Ilves in the 17th round of the competition.
The duo on the bench (Kari Virtanen and Peter Lundberg) was thrilled to see their team holding the second-placed VPS to a goalless draw on Sunday.
The host have significantly raised their game after somewhat of a slower kick off to the new campaign at the start of the season.
Gronvitt have been especially inspired on the home pitch where they clinched three straight victories netting at least two goals in each of the outings during the run.
Ilves will thus have a very tough task to maintain their run and keep things tight at the back knowing that the champions bagged as many as five past Inter Turku last Thursday.
The visitors failed to find the back of the net in back-to-back away fixtures with Lahti and RoPS and none of last five games they played saw more than a single goal scored.
Mariehamn vs Ilves: Head to head
Mariehamn have completely dominated this match-up historically, but Ilves finally managed to snatch their first win in head to head meetings at the start of this Veikkausliiga term.
Miettunen, Rahimi and Nguekam were on target in a demolishing 3-0 win for Ilves who have previous lost six and drew one of seven H2H encounters with Gronvitt.
Mariehamn vs Ilves: Prediction
The value is certainly with the hosts who are 23/20 to clinch their fourth consecutive victory on the home patch.
Moreover, we can hardly see the visitors on the scoreline knowing that the champions have been quite tough to break down in the recent period.
Mariehamn vs Ilves: Betting Tips
The first betting option will be Mariehamn to win at the odds of 23/20.
The second pick is Mariehamn to keep a clean sheet at 11/8.