Lahti continued their unbeaten run at the weekend, which has kept them in the top four ahead of the midweek round of games. This clash sees two top half sides going head to head, with Ilves sitting in sixth. They managed to hold on to that position with a 0-0 draw on Saturday, which came against runaway leaders and reigning champions HJK. After that goalless draw, will they open up a little more against Lahti on Wednesday afternoon?
The hosts may have edged in to the top half, but they are without a victory in their last three games. They put in an impressive effort to hold off HJK, and they’re going to need to be at their best yet again here. Lahti are pushing for a European spot as things stand, and the visitors will be a threat in this trip. They come here with a low scoring record on their travels, with just 0.86 goals against on the road so far.
The visitors have conceded just 10 times in their 13 matches in the top flight so far this term, so they’re going to be a tough team to break down. However, they visit one of the strongest defences in the league, so we could be set for a really tight contest between these two. After all, Ilves come in to this one with four straight clean sheets at home, while they’ve conceded in just two matches in their last eight at this ground.
Ilves are currently unbeaten at their own ground, which has to be a concern for the visitors. However, the away side have kept a clean sheet in 38% of their league games, so we’re backing them to keep the score down too. The visitors have managed to keep things tight of late, drawing the last two away trips. They’ve drawn four in a row overall, while they’ve seen five of their last six finish level. Will we get a similar result on Wednesday when these two meet?
We expect Lahti’s run of draws to continue in this one, with the duo both defending really well. We can see a 0-0 here on Wednesday, given that the pair aren’t giving anything away at the back. The hosts will be out to defend their unbeaten record, which has seen them draw half of their games at this term. Given that Lahti have seen four of their seven away trips finish as a draw, and with three of the last five meetings between these two finishing level, we’re backing a draw in this one, along with a 0-0 correct score.
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The last six encounters between these two sides have seen under 2.5 goals scored.
The hosts are without Ilari Mettälä here, while centre-half Baba Mensah is also ruled out.
Lahti have the benefit of a full strength squad ahead of this trip.