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Veikkausliiga 20 August: VPS vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 20 August: VPS vs Ilves

VPS vs Ilves 18:30 Elisa Arena, Vaasa
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VPS is currently 6th with 33 points. Ilves is 1 point ahead on 4th position.

VPS has had a rough patch after their good Euro Cup campaign. They have not won in their last 5 matches and they have lost their last two. It seems that teams have learned how to play against them or VPS just has a dip in form. VPS has been training this week in how to open up the game and how to break into the opposition half. Head coach Vuorinen believes there is no need to change anything in the system that they use. Veli Lampi has returned to training and the Captain might be available in this match.

Whereas VPS are on a winless streak, Ilves are 8 matches unbeaten. They have changed their system a bit and like VPS they have started to play with 3 defenders at the back. This has improved their defense and they do not let in so many goals anymore. In their last match against HIFK, they did let in 3 goals but the match was very open. Their new striker Marius Noubissi had his debut on that game when he came on as a substitute and had an absolutely dream debut with 2 goals and an assist. Ilves will miss their key midfielder Reuben Ayarna who is suspended. Antti Hynynen, Antti Koskinen and Tariq Kazi are still injured.

The teams always have tight games. Last season both teams won once and 1 game ended in a draw. This season, Ilves won the first match in Vaasa 0-2 and a few weeks ago the teams played 0-0 in Tampere in a very tactical game with very few chances.

Starting line ups:
VPS: Meerits – Levänen, Lahti, Viitikko, Engström – Strandvall, Voutilainen, Lähde, Hakola – Clennon, Vahtera
Ilves: Hilander – Penninkangas, Miettunen, Mensah – Agyiri, Ala-Myllymäki, Tendeng, Siira, Järvinen – Tuco


This should be a very tight game with under 2.5 goals.