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The Veikkausliiga clash at Raatin stadion on Saturday sees home team AC Oulu do battle with IFK Mariehamn.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for AC Oulu v IFK Mariehamn are shown below - as well as the best betting odds.
AC Oulu will be hoping for a better result after a 2-1 Veikkausliiga defeat last time out to FC Inter Turku.
Petteri Forsell (5'), Dimitri Legbo (25' Own goal) and Timo Stavitski (60') scored for FC Inter Turku.
It has been seldom in recent times where AC Oulu have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that AC Oulu have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 14 goals along the way.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to VPS Vaasa in Veikkausliiga competition, IFK Mariehamn will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, IFK Mariehamn managed 49% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for IFK Mariehamn was Robin Sid (14'). VPS got 8 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Peter Godly Michael (7') and Yevgeni Bashkirov (30') scored for VPS Vaasa.
The stats tell the story, and IFK Mariehamn have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 13 goals in all. Defensively, IFK Mariehamn have seen their frailties exposed. We will see whether or not that trend can be continued on here.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head meetings stretching back to 16/10/2021 tells us that AC Oulu have won 4 of these and IFK Mariehamn 2, with the number of draws standing at 0.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 24 overall at an average of 4 goals per meeting.
The previous league match between these clubs was Veikkausliiga match day 15 on 09/07/2023 when it ended IFK Mariehamn 1-2 AC Oulu.
The match was refereed by Petri Viljanen.
Team News: AC Oulu
The AC Oulu boss Ricardo Duarte doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash with a completely healthy group to pick from.
Team News: IFK Mariehamn
From a largely full-strength squad, there is only the one fitness worry for the IFK Mariehamn boss Daniel Norrmén to be concerned with. Patrik Raitanen (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be in action.
Our feeling is that IFK Mariehamn will have their work cut out to breach the defence of this AC Oulu side who we reckon should score one, at least.
We’re going for a good battle with a 1-0 win for AC Oulu when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Raatin stadion (4,392)
Captain: Rasmus Karjalainen
Chairman: Ville Puukka
Manager: Ricardo Duarte
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 7
⭐ Key Player: Rasmus Karjalainen
Mostly played in the Striker position, Rasmus Karjalainen was born in Oulu, Finland. Having made a first senior appearance for Kemi Kings in the 2017 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 5 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2023 campaign so far in 21 appearances.