There is only one game tonight in the Veikkausliiga. Here is the match preview and betting pics for SJK vs Ilves
SJK vs Ilves 18:30 OmaSp Arena, Seinäjoki
Bethard odds: 2.50 – 3.00 – 3.00
In Monday´s only match, two undefeated teams will meet in Seinäjoki. SJK has had a surprising start to the season with two wins and a draw. Ilves has only played twice but they also have a win and a draw. Last season the teams met three times with Ilves winning both of the matches in Seinäjoki 2-3. In Tampere the points were shared 1-1. This season Ilves already beat SJK in the Finnish Cup group stages 2-1.
SJK team news
SJK has had a strong start to the season as they first beat HIFK at home 1-0 and then FC Inter in Turku 1-2. Their best game though was against HJK despite them only earning a 0-0 draw against the title favourites. The team has changed a lot from last season and despite them having some really good individual players, many questioned their efforts in playing as a team. So far those questions have been answered with some good organised defensive play and with some points. The offense still needs a bit of work but they are definitely going to the right decision. They might have their new striker Batista available in this match and he could be the missing link to their offense.
SJK will be without Joonas Sundman and Joel Mero.
Ilves team news
Ilves has had a bit or a break as they have not played since the 14th when they drew 0-0 with VPS at home. During the pre-season Ilves has been by far the best team in the league. They are still without a defeat during this year. They made it into the Finnish Cup semi-finals and started the league with a win and a draw. They beat newly promoted KPV clearly 0-2 actually on this same stadium in Seinäjoki before they drew 0-0 with VPS. VPS has a way of defusing the threats from Ilves but no one else have figured those out yet. Ilves is a very strong team this season.
Ilves will be without Matias Ojala, Samuel Afum and Santeri Haarala.
Main pick is both teams not to score. Bethard having 2.05 odds for this. Four of the last meetings between the teams has had both teams to score. Another pick is Ilves draw no bet. Ilves has been the best team in the league so far and despite SJK looking better, they are still weaker than their opponents.