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Veikkausliiga 16 July: Ilves vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 16 July: Ilves vs HJK

Ilves vs HJK 18.30 Tammelan Stadion, Tampere
Odds 4.33 – 3.28 – 1.80 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This match is played in the middle of HJK´s Europa League tie against Shkendija. HJK is trailing 3-1 but will play the next match on Thursday at home.

Ilves has had their ups and downs this season. Their defense has not been as strong as it was last season and also their home form has been weaker (3W 1D 3L). Offensively though they are a bit better than last season with 17 goals in 16 matches. This is mainly thanks to their striker Tuco who has scored 9 of those goals. Ilves is in pretty good form right now with 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in their last 5 games. Defensively might have kept a few clean sheets but that was a lot about luck as their defense was still error prone. This showed in their last game that finished 2-2 against IFK Mariehamn. Now though, they have managed to train without almost a full squad with only Tendeng being a doubt for this match.

HJK suffered a 3-1 loss to Shkendija on Thursday and the team returned to Finland on Friday so this game comes quite soon. It is expected that HJK will rotate some players for this match because of this. Key players Atomu Tanaka and Moshtagh Yaghoubi are still doubts for this match. New signings Valencic and Bougouhi are available. This will be a difficult game for HJK as on the road they are not as strong as at home. This match is also played on natural grass which is not their strongest surface.

This season the teams have met twice with HJK beating Ilves in the Cup and also 2-0 in the league in Helsinki. After Ilves got promoted to the Veikkausliiga in 2015, HJK has managed to win at Tammela just once. That was their last meeting last season.

Starting line ups:
Ilves: Hilander – Aspegren, Miettunen, Tanska, Hynynen – Ayarna, Siira – Tamminen, Ala-Myllymäki, Penninkangas – Tuco
HJK: Uusitalo – Pirinen, Halme, Obilor, Jalasto – Annan, Mosa – Savage, Valencic, Mensah – Pelvas

Prediction:

HJK is rotating a bit defensively but offensively they look strong. Best pick here is both teams to score.