Having now lost four on the bounce, Mariehamn are in major danger of being sucked into the relegation zone. They may be scoring a few goals here and there, but the hosts are conceding left, right and centre. Defensive frailties are currently costing Peter Lundberg’s men real problems, though this match against a team below them in the table represents a big chance for Mariehamn to bounce back.
In terms of recent form Kemi aren’t faring quite as bad as the hots, though they’ve been very poor overall this season, accumulating just 11 points from their first 14 matches. From an offensive point of view, they’re quite poor, while they’re not exactly thriving at the other end of the pitch either. However, going up against the hosts’ dodgy back-line will at least give the visitors a chance to improve their form in front of goal.
When playing on their own patch, from a goal-scoring point of view, the hosts are a more than useful side. Defensively, as they’ve conceded in all but one of their eight home matches, they continue to struggle, though scoring goals has rarely been a problem for Mariehamn in front of a home crowd. It is their attacking strength that may just bring them through on Monday.
The hosts, who’ve scored 12 goals in eight home matches this season, scoring in all but one of those fixtures, are likely to hurt a visiting back-line that tends to struggle on the road, though there is attacking hope for Kemi. Like the hosts, the visitors, who’ve shipped a rather embarrassing total of 11 goals in just six away matches, are indeed weak at the back, but they have scored five in their last five on the road and really ought to be capable of hurting a home team who’ve conceded at least twice in four of their last five in front of a home crowd.
In truth, both teams ought to be spurred on by their opponents’ the defensive frailties. The hosts will get forward and cause problems on their own patch, but they’re simply not strong enough at the back to be fancied. Mariehamn have both scored and conceded in six of their eight home matches this season, so it would be no surprise whatsoever if their attacking play was once again cancelled out to some extent by their defensive problems.
With just one clean sheet between them in their last ten combined respective home and away matches, ‘Both Teams to Score’ is fancied at what, all things considered, looks a reasonably generous price.
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Mariehamn may not be in great form at present, though they do have a pleasing recent record in this fixture. Monday’s hosts have won four of the last five renewals of this fixture. When the pair last met, Mariehamn came out on top by three goals to two. Interestingly, ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ has landed in each of the last four renewals.
The hosts will be without the services of Gabriel Petrovic, who is out with injury, on Monday night, though they have no other concerns.
The visitors, who’ve recently picked up no fresh knocks, have the luxury of going into this fixture at full strength.