SJK VS MARIEHAMN PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Seinäjoen JK and IFK Mariehamn meet at OmaSP Stadion, in a match for the 11th round of the Veikkausliiga. The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the home team, which in the last 11 matches won 4, drew 4 and lost 3. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 01-10-2017, ended with the victory of IFK Mariehamn by (2-1). The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 10th and 8th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 9th classified in home games and the 11th as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 7 points won, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against FC Lahti, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Inter Turku, by (0-1). This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 4 points in away matches and 3 at their stadium, with 3 goals scored and 2 conceded in away matches, against 3 goals scored and 6 conceded at home. In the last 5 home league matches Seinäjoen JK won 1 and lost 4, so they have won 3 points out of 15 possible.
For this competition, he does not win 4 games ago. The team has conceded goals to the opponent in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In 8 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 7 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The SJK comes to this game unmotivated, after a home-made snub, by 0-1, at the reception to Inter Turku. The home team usually chooses to act in a traditional 5-4-1, in which the most advanced player is Jesse Sarajarvi. By acting inside the house, it is clear that the SJK adopts a more offensive stance, with the aim of scoring the first goal of the game. In the most central area of the terrain it is possible that Rueben Ayarna, Anders Baath, Mehmet Hetemaj and Emile Paul Tendeng act, being the last one responsible for conducting the attacks of his team. The technician Tommi Kautonen will not be able to count on Obed Malolo, to be injured.
The away team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 11 points won, after 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against KuPS Kuopio, by (2-1). In the last match, they lost in a home match against FC Lahti, by (1-2). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they have won 7 points, against only 4 in their away matches. For the league, IFK Mariehamn won 4 points out of 12 possible points, after 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 4 matches they played as visitors. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 10 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 6 times and have only won 1 result. In the last 5 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have suffered 4 of their 7 goals between minutes (16’-30 ‘).
The Mariehamn comes to this unmotivated match, after a home defeat, 1-2, in the reception at Lahti. The visiting team usually acts in a 4-3-3, privileging a slower and more organized style of play, attacking, preferably, through the central corridor. In this tactical design, the three most advanced players will be Pontus Asbrink, Julio Fernandes and Aleksei Kangaskolkka, with Nicklas Maripuu, Thomas Makinen and Simon Silverholt in the middle of the field. The technician of the strangers should not be able to count on Gabriel Petrovic, for being injured.
PREDICTION: SJK to win @ 1.95