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Ilves vs HJK preview

Veikkausliiga 26 September: Ilves vs HJK preview

Ilves vs HJK 18:30 Tammelan Stadion, Tampere
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This is a big game for both teams. If Ilves wins, they will move to the final Euro Cup position spot, 3rd, with only 4 games remaining. If HJK avoids losing, they are crowned champions. They are basically champions as they have a 12 point gap and second placed RoPS can only get 12 points anymore from their remaining games and also HJK has a 20 goal better goal difference. But to be mathematically sure, they just need 1 more point from their remaining 5 games.

Ilves has been in good form recently winning three of their last four games in the league. Also that one loss to Honka in between, they deserved something from that game. Ilves is a good home team and they will have very good support tonight. Ilves is 6-6-2 at home this season with 16 goals scored and only 9 conceded. Ilves does not really have a proper striker after Noubissi left to Belgium but that has not stopped them from scoring goals. In their last 10 games, they have failed to score only once.

HJK is playing with good confidence and they will look for a win here to seal their title. HJK has won their last five games and they have not conceded a goal in their last six. They are the best away team in the league with a 9-3-1 record with their only loss coming against FC Lahti. Their last away game was also against FC Lahti which they won 0-2. Surprisingly out of all of their nine away wins, that is the only one that has come with more than 1 goal difference this season.

Previous matches:

Ilves 0-0 HJK(This season)
HJK 3-1 Ilves (This season)

Highlights from their last matches – Click here.

Ilves team news:

Baba Mensah, Tiemoko Fofana and Naatan Skyttä are out. Iiro Järvinen and Tuomas Rannankari are doubts.

HJK team news:

Rafinha is out injured and Moshtagh Yaghoubi is suspended.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Aspegren, Tomas, Miettunen, Haukioja – Ojala, Issa – Ala-Myllymäki, Siira, Mettälä – Tamminen
HJK: Rudakov – Pirinen, Jalasto, Obilor, Patronen – Dahlström, Jordan – Riski, Vertainen, Alho – Klauss

Prediction:

HJK to win.