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Veikkausliiga 16 September: Ilves vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 16 September: Ilves vs HJK

Ilves vs HJK 17:00 Tammelan stadion, Tampere
Odds 3.70 – 3.20 – 1.95 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the top clash this weekend with 3rd place Ilves hosting leaders HJK.

Ilves is in great form as they have not lost in 12 games. They have found a balance in their team and finally have a goal scorer who can put the ball into the net. Tuco scored a hat-trick in their last game against RoPS and brought them from the edges of defeat to victory. In their last 5 matches they have 3 wins and 2 draws but the biggest thing is that they have scored 12 goals in those matches. Defensively they could still improve as they conceded 9 goals in those games. Ilves will miss their captain Antti Hynynen from this match who might miss the rest of the season.

HJK leads the league with 6 points and they only need 2 wins to secure the title. That might not be even necessary if other teams do not win the remaining of their games which seems unlikely. HJK will thus focus on their Finnish Cup final which is played next week. That will give them the chance to win the double. They will miss some players from this match as Thomas Dähne and Akseli Pelvas are suspended. Also winger Evans Mensah and defender Patronen are doubts after being substituted due to injury in their game against HIFK on Tuesday.

The teams have met three times this season. HJK won 0-1 in the Cup and 2-0 at home in the league. The match in Tammela ended 1-1.

Starting line ups:
Ilves: Hilander – Mensah, Tanska, Miettunen – Aspegren, Siira, Ayarna, Penninkangas, Järvinen – Ala-Myllymäki, Tuco
HJK: Uusitalo – Pirinen, Vesiaho, Obilor, Rafinha – Dahlström, Annan – Atom, Valencic, Savage – Jallow

Prediction:

The value is with the hosts here as HJK missing top goalscorer and an important cup final coming up. Ilves double chance 1X is the main bet.