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Ilves face off with away team FC Lahti at Tammelan Stadion in the Veikkausliiga meeting on Saturday.
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Ilves head into this match after a 2-2 Veikkausliiga stalemate versus FC Inter Turku.
The only name on the scoresheet from Ilves was Kai Meriluoto (51', 61'). David Haro (54') and Aleksi Paananen (80') scored for FC Inter Turku.
Toni Kallio's Ilves have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a sum total of 10 times over their past six outings. The corresponding tally of goals that they have conceded in that same time stands at 7.
Their prior results show that Ilves:
- haven't been defeated by FC Lahti in home games against them for the last 3 matches in the league.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
In their last game, FC Lahti drew 1-1 in the Veikkausliiga tie with FC Haka.
In that game, FC Lahti managed 55% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Lahti was Loorents Hertsi (95'). FC Haka got 11 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Logan Rogerson (86') was the scorer for FC Haka.
The numbers tell their own story, and FC Lahti have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 10 goals in total. In defence, FC Lahti have some weaknesses to address.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels dating back to 26/04/2019, both clubs have shared the honours with Ilves winning 3 of those games, FC Lahti 3 and 0 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
A combined total of 16 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 8 from Ipa and 8 for Mustat kuhnurit. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The last league contest between the two was Veikkausliiga match day 22 on 11/09/2021 when it finished Ilves 1-0 FC Lahti.
On that occasion, Ilves managed 39% possession and 6 shots at goal with 2 on target. Their only player to score was Tuomas Ollila (18').
FC Lahti got 4 shots on goal with 0 on target.
The referee was Joni Hyytia.
Team News: Ilves
The Ilves manager Toni Kallio doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all before this game thanks to a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: FC Lahti
Owing to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, the FC Lahti boss Ilir Zeneli has no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this clash.
We’re of the view that FC Lahti have the firepower to score a goal against this Ilves team, although that isn’t expected to be as many as they will have scored against them.
We’re expecting both teams to score in a 2-1 advantage for Ilves at full-time. Should be a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Tammelan Stadion (5,050)
Captain: Tatu Miettunen
Chairman: Pentti Kuusela
Manager: Toni Kallio
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 6
⭐ Key Man: Kai Meriluoto
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Kai Meriluoto was born in Finland. Having played his first senior match for Ilves in the 2022 season, the gifted Forward has struck 6 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2022 campaign so far from a total of 8 appearances.