Lahti is coming to this match after an away 2:2 draw against Haka in the last round of the Veikkausliiga.
The visitors opened the match with more confidence and they were able to take the lead first in the 15th minute over Assehnoun and kept it for the next twenty-five minutes when, unfortunately, they conceded an equalizer.
In the second part, the guests were a bit more aggressive team, as they were able to take the lead again in the 66th minute via Coubronne, but the hosts were persistent and responded with the same measure in the 81st, setting the final result in this one.
Lahti is at 6th place, currently positioned in the playoff zone, but they need to be careful, as several teams are aiming for that spot.
Midfielder Martinen remains a long-term absentee for the hosts, while doubtful remains midfielder Jantti (8/1). Forward Imbongo comes back from the suspension.
Inter Turku is entering this match a little bit exhausted and demoralized, as they failed to move forward to the next round of the Europa League qualifications.
Last Thursday evening, they played against Honved from Hungary and suffered a 2:1 away loss, but only after extra time. Regular ninety minutes went by in balance between these two, while all the action happened just before the full-time whistle.
The hosts managed to score in the 90th minute over Traore, but the guests responded with the same measure just one minute later via Liliu, and delivered quite a shock to the home team. However, Hamalainen scored an own goal in the 105th minute and removed all hope that the visitors can walk away as winners out of this one.
Back at home, Inter Turku made a setback in the last round when they lost to TPS in an away match. They are currently at the 2nd place, two points behind HJK.
Inter welcomes back defender Hamalainen (7/0) after suspension, while forward Liliu (9/1) should be ready for all ninety minutes too.
The guests could be vulnerable
Inter Turku is a favorite in this one and by all means a better team, but they are getting low on batteries. They can not be fully trusted at this moment, and the hosts are well aware of that. In my opinion, the safest bet in this one is that both teams will score, as Lahti is overall quite an effective team, while the guests even though wounded, are still a dangerous team.