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Ilves vs FC Honka preview

Veikkausliiga 13 September: Ilves vs FC Honka preview

Ilves vs FC Honka 18:30 Tammelan Stadion, Tampere
Odds 2.80 – 3.15 – 2.37– Bet NOW at RedKings

This is another match between teams who are seeking to get into Europe for next season. Both teams need a win and neither can afford to lose this match. They will only have 6 rounds left after this match so every point counts. The home side Ilves is 5th one point behind their visitors FC Honka with a game in hand.

Ilves has been a good home team this season as they have lost only once at their Tammelan Stadion. However that lost came in their last home game against IFK Mariehamn. Ilves is a very young squad and they do not have much player budget so they are always forced to sell their best players. This also happened this season after they sold their best goalscorer Marius Noubissi to Belgium. They also have had several injuries which has forced their head coach Jarkko Wiss to promote players from their youth teams to the senior side. He has done extremely well, but the problem with youngsters is that they are not consistent. They cannot maintain the high level in every game or even during the game.  They did well to come back from 2-0 down to beat IFK Mariehamn away from home 3-6 in their last game, but that was mainly the badness of the home side than the goodness of Ilves.

Ilves has been difficult to beat at Tammela and that Honka learned in their last match there. They were leading 0-2 and 1-3 only to lose those leads in the second half for Illves to come back and draw 3-3. Honka has had an amazing season considering that they are newly promoted. They have an experienced team and they have gotten some good players like Macoumba Kandji who has already scored 14 goals in only 19 games. He missed their last match against RoPS and they immediately lost 2-1. That loss was only their 3rd away loss during the season (3-7-3 away record).

Previous matches:

Ilves 3-3 Honka (This season)
Honka 4-1 Ilves (This season)

Ilves team news:

Ilves will be without long term injured Baba Mensah and Tiemoko Fofana. Tariq Kazi is injured. Lauri Ala-Myllymäki and Felipe Aspegren are doubts and Issa Thiaw is suspended.

Honka team news:

Honka will be without Masar Ömer and Joel Perovuo. Mac Kandji and Davor Taleski are doubts.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Tomas, Tanska, Miettunen, Rannankari – Ojala, Siira – Tamminen, Järvinen, Mettälä – Jokelainen
Honka: Murray- Aalto, Rasimus, Ivanov, Levänen – Kabashi, Hervas – Savage, Kauffmann, Nimely – Martin

Prediction:

Both teams to score.