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Veikkausliiga 15 April: Ilves vs KuPS

Veikkausliiga 15 April: Ilves vs KuPS

Ilves vs KuPS 15:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 3.15 – 3.05 – 2.23 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This match is played in Helsinki because Tammelan Stadion pitch is not in good condition. Ilves lost their first match on this same stadium to HJK last week. KuPS drew at home with FC Honka. It has been 20 years since KuPS has beaten Ilves. Since then they have played 13 times together with Ilves winning every single one with the exception of one League Cup match. Ilves has beaten KuPS 11 times in a row and all with a 1 goal difference. Last season all games ended 1-0 for Ilves.

Ilves team news:

Ilves managed to keep HJK without a goal for a long time but then a easily given penalty opened the flood gates in the end and they lost 3-1. Ilves has been pretty good during pre-season. They made it to the Finnish Cup quarter finals without a loss in the group stages but eventually lost to FC Inter 2-0. They lost some key players after last season but have managed to replace them ok. Still offensively they might lack a bit. From this match they will only miss the long term injured Baba Mensah and Ilari Mettälä.

KuPS team news:

KuPS has had a strong pre-season but they failed to win their home opener against newly promoted FC Honka. In the end they can be considered even lucky for the draw as Honka was all over them in the end. This was a bit surprising as they were very strong in the pre-season losing only to HJK in the Finnish Cup semi-finals on this same stadium. KuPS will miss Tabi Manga and Reuben Gabriel still from the line-up. New signings Lum Rexhepi and Abdalla El-Said are available for the first time.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Aspegren, Miettunen, Tanska, Tomas, Rannankari – Ala-Myllymäki, Hyökyvirta, Thiaw, Järvinen – Noubissi
KuPS: Virtanen – Nissinen, Coulibaly, Toivomäki, Murillo – Saxman, Nissilä – Pennanen, El-Said, Purje – Karjalainen

Prediction:

Under 2.5 goals.