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Veikkausliiga 12 October: JJK vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 12 October: JJK vs Ilves

JJK vs Ilves 18:30 Harjun Stadion, Jyväskylä
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This is an important match for both teams. JJK needs to catch HIFK who are ahead of them by 6 points and with better goal difference with only 4 rounds remaining or face direct relegation. Ilves is currently 4th and they need to keep at least that position to qualify to Europe for next season.

JJK has been the worse team in the league so their position is justified. However after they signed both Jovovic and Ojamaa, their performances improved and they were looking like they would be able to catch HIFK at one point. Two losses now to FC Inter and RoPS though has put a huge dent into their survival hopes and playing in the Veikkausliiga next season looks really unlikely. To have even some hope, they will need to win this match and hope that HIFK loses to PS Kemi at the same time. They are the worst home team in the league with a 2-2-9 record but one of those wins did come against Ilves earlier in the season.

Ilves lost to JJK in May and then lost immediately to PS Kemi in the next round. After this, Ilves head coach Jarkko Wiss, did some changed in their defensive line and they started playing better. Since June started, Ilves has been tough to beat with a 8-9-2 record losing only to RoPS on the road and HJK at home. In the last round they beat FC Lahti 2-1 after a good performance. They create a lot of chances to score and with a bit better finishing they could have won a lot more games. They are 4-7-3 on the road this season.

The teams have met twice this season with both teams winning at home.

Starting line ups:
JJK: Marttinen – Ojamaa, Gustavsson, Lähitie, Abdi – Manninen, Kari, Leppänen, Petrescu – Etock, Jovovic
Ilves: Hilander – Penninkangas, Tanska, Mensah – Hynynen, Ayarna, Siira, Matronen, Järvinen – Tuco, Noubissi

Prediction:

Both teams to score.