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Veikkausliiga 18 May: Ilves vs VPS

Veikkausliiga 18 May: Ilves vs VPS

Ilves vs VPS 18:30 Tammelan Stadion, Tampere
Odds 2.10 – 2.90 – 3.60 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is will be their opening home match at their Tammelan Stadion. Their previous home matches were played in Helsinki (Telia 5G) and on the other Tampere stadium Ratina. Now Ilves will finally be able to use the Tammela atmoshpere to their advantage. After 4 games without a defeat they lost to IFK Mariehamn in the last round and find themselves on 7th position. VPS is 5th with 1 point ahead of them.

The return to Tammela is a big thing for Ilves. Last season they were 9-2-3 at Tammela. The season before they were 9-5-2. The stadium has a good atmosphere as the crowds are close to pitch. They need a bit of boost as well as their performances have been inconsistent. They have struggled in scoring goals as they have only managed 7 goals in their 8 games. Their defense has not been that good either in all the matches. Before their 2-0 loss to IFK Mariehamn they had kept 2 clean sheets in their wins over FC Inter and RoPS. Their points thus heavily rely on how good their defense is.

VPS has had so far a slightly better season as they are 3-3-2 this season and have 1 point more. Their offense and defense have been just slightly better than Ilves. Still they can be better but they have had a lot of injuries especially to their offensive line with Morrissey and Vahtera out (Top two goalscorers last season for VPS). In their last game on Monday against Esport Honka, they drew 1-1 but had so many chances to score more goals. The current strikers are just not able to score that well.

Previous matches:

VPS 1-1 Ilves (this season)

VPS 1-1 Ilves (last season)
Ilves 0-0 VPS (last season)
VPS 0-2 Ilves (last season)

Ilves team news:

Ilves will be without suspended main striker Marios Noubissi and long term injured Baba Mensah and Ilari Mettälä.

VPS team news:

VPS will be without Jerry Voutilainen, Joonas Vahtera, Steven Morrissey and Aatu Kujanpää.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Ojala, Miettunen, Tanska, Rannankari – Hyökyvirta, Thiaw, Ala-Myllymäki, Moundi, Tamminen – Jokelainen
VPS: Meerits – McQueen, Lahti, Auvinen, Engström – Jama, Laatikainen, Hakola, Strandvall, Lähde – Gueye

Prediction:

Updated pick is under 2.25 goals AH.