LIVESTREAM Finland: Helsinki Wolverines @ Helsinki Roosters, July 11, 17:30 CET (5:30 pm, 11:30 am EDT)

The Helsinki Roosters (5-1) host the Helsinki Wolverines (1-5) in a crosstown rivalry game Thursday, July 11 as the Finnish Maple League hits the midpoint of the season.

The last time these two met just over a month ago, the Roosters came away with an easy 63-0 victory. The Roosters won the only game between the two capital city teams in 2023 by a lopsided 68-0 score. The teams split the series in 2022.

The Roosters defeated the Wasa Royals 28-12 in their opening day game and then upended the defending champion Porvoo Butchers 28-7. They handed the United Newland Crusaders a 63-7 drubbing before beating the Wolverines. The Roosters dropped a 24-14 decision to the Kuopio Steelers but rebounded by beating the defending champion Seinäjoki Crocodiles 27-19.

Watch live. Helsinki Wolverines @ Helsinki Roosters, July 11, 17:30 CET (5:30 pm, 11:30 am EDT)

The Wolverines were beaten 46-6 by the Kuopio Steelers to open the season and then 37-14 by the Crocodiles. After the lopsided loss to the Roosters they lost 41-27 to the Wasa Royals and then were blanked 63-0 by the Porvoo Butchers. They finally won their first game defeating the United Newland Crusaders 41-39 a week ago.

Roosters quarterback Ambro Urjansson has thrown for 1,270 yards and 18 touchdowns in the six games. With a revolving door of receivers due to injury, the Roosters are still able to maintain consistency in the passing game. Bruce Nunnelly tops the team with 394 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns while Rene Rautiainen has 257 yards and two scores.  Running back Ethan Greenfield has 91 carries for 518 yards and six touchdowns, good for third in the Maple League.

For the Wolverines, quarterback Rasmus Laalo has struggled completing 87 of 180 passes for 881 yards and six touchdowns in the six games but he has been picked off a league high 14 times. His key target has been Kevin Adams who has 35 catches for 463 yards and two touchdowns. Niko Kantonen had 18 receptions for 147 yards and a score. Running back William Young leads the team in rushing with 243 yards on 43 carries while backup Sebastian Lugora has 101 yards rushing.

Both teams enter the game with a number of players missing from the roster. The Roosters will no doubt be resting a number of starters while the Wolverines are struggling through several injuries so a few key players are listed as absent.

Watch live. Helsinki Wolverines @ Helsinki Roosters, July 11, 17:30 CET (5:30 pm, 11:30 am EDT)

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