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The Veikkausliiga game at Tammelan Stadion on Saturday sees home side Ilves do battle with FC Lahti.
View all of the Ilves v FC Lahti predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest betting odds.
Ilves will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 1-0 Veikkausliiga losing effort in their last game against IFK Mariehamn.
In that game, Ilves had 54% possession and 6 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. IFK Mariehamn had 6 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Mohammed Abubakari (65') scored for IFK Mariehamn.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times where Ilves have shown defensive steel. In fact, Ilves have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 9 goals on the way.
Heading into this fixture, Ilves haven't been defeated by FC Lahti when playing them at home in the previous 2 league games.
Last time out, FC Lahti drew 1-1 in the Veikkausliiga tie with AC Oulu.
The only player to score from FC Lahti was Macoumba Kandji (45'). Samu Alanko (59') scored for AC Oulu.
The stats don’t lie, and FC Lahti have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 7 goals in all. In defence, FC Lahti have some weaknesses to address. Let’s find out whether or not that trend will end up being continued on here.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head clashes stretching back to 21/10/2018 shows that Ilves have won 2 of these and FC Lahti 4, with the number of draws standing at 0.
A combined total of 16 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 7 from Ipa and 9 coming from Mustat kuhnurit. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league clash featuring the two was Veikkausliiga match day 10 on 10/06/2021 when it finished FC Lahti 3-1 Ilves.
On that day, FC Lahti had 45% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. The scorers were Jasin Assehnoun (36'), Geoffrey Chinedu (44') and Altin Zeqiri (92').
For their opponents, Ilves got 10 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Eric Oteng (26') scored.
The referee was Oskari Hämäläinen.
Team News: Ilves
The Ilves manager Toni Kallio will be grateful to have no fitness worries to speak of before this game thanks to a fully healthy group ready to go.
Team News: FC Lahti
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad available for selection, the FC Lahti boss Ilir Zeneli has no fitness concerns to report ahead of this game.
In our opinion, FC Lahti and Ilves are probably both going to find scoring goals difficult here.
At this stage, it appears to have the makings of a possible draw. We therefore think that it’s going to be a very close game with a 0-0 scoreline after 90 minutes.
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 8
🔑 Key Man: Eetu Mömmö
Regularly playing in the Left Wing position, Eetu Mömmö was born in Finland. Having made a first senior appearance for Ilves in the 2021 season, the skilful Forward has hit 4 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2021 campaign so far in a total of 13 appearances.