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Veikkausliiga 22 April: Ilves 0-2 RoPS

Veikkausliiga 22 April: Ilves 0-2 RoPS

Match Highlights

Ilves vs RoPS 16:00 Ratinan Stadion, Tampere
Odds 1.43 – 3.80 – 7.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This match is played at Ratinan Stadion which is not the normal home stadium for Ilves. The stadium is bigger and the atmosphere is not as good as at Tammela. They played their first match there also against FC Lahti which finished 1-1.

Ilves will be fighting for medals this season. They have been playing quite well so far considering that is still early season. After the FC Lahti draw, they went and beat SJK 1-2 in Seinäjoki which was a good result. Most probably a draw would have been more deserved result but Ilves won playing good football. Ilves has a strong team with all sections quite balanced. From this game they will still miss their number 1 goalkeeper Mika Hilander who was suspended in their first match. Their reserve goalkeeper is a Finland U-18 international Luukkanen who has now played 1.5 games and has played well.

RoPS has started their season really poorly. Their young defense is making too many mistakes and they have conceded already 10 goals in 2 matches (6-2 FC Inter and 2-4 VPS). Offensively they can create but it is the defense that needs to be fixed if they want to finish in the top half in the standings at the end of the season. Right now that looks highly unlikely. They have a good manager in Juha Malinen who might do some tactical changes here in order to improve the defense. Interesting to see if they will work.

Last season both teams won once at home with the first match in Tampere ending 1-1.

You can read more about Ilves – HERE.

You can read more about RoPS – HERE.

Starting line ups:
Ilves: Luukkanen – Hynynen, Tanska, Miettunen, Aspegren – Järvinen, Ayarna, Tendeng, Matrone, Tamminen – Tuco
RoPS:Reguero – Addy, Hämäläinen, Tatomirovic, Järvenpää – Muinonen, Okkonen – Ylätupa, Taylor, Eze – Roiha


Ilves should win this match clearly. Initial pick though is Ilves team goals over 1.5. Despite RoPS having a bad start to the season, they are better than what the numbers show. If someone can get them to play better, it is Malinen. Possible 2-1 result.