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Veikkausliiga 29 April: Ilves vs SJK

Veikkausliiga 29 April: Ilves vs SJK

Ilves vs SJK 17:00 Ratinan stadion, Tampere
Odds 2.40 – 2.90 – 2.90 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Both teams are playing their 5th game of the season and neither can be too happy with their start. Ilves has 4 points and SJK has 6 points. The teams know each other well as before last season Ilves got quite a few players from SJK and before this season SJK got two key players from Ilves.

Ilves might be on 4 points but this is basically their first home game of the season and even this is not played on their normal Tammelan stadion. The only match they won so far was their home game but the match against KuPS was played in Helsinki. Ilves is always a strong home team as they have really good home support. Despite this, it does not take away the fact that their defense has been leaking this season. They  really miss Baba Mensah who got injured just before the start of the season. So far they have only shown glimpses of their potential. Maybe this home match will show more.

SJK had an awful start as they lost at home to PS Kemi. Many already thought that the same problems that SJK had last season were back. However they immediately bounced back with wins over TPS and most recently against FC Honka. SJK has a lot of potential as they have a huge squad of quality players. However with a new head coach and so much new players it might take a while to get the team playing the way Tommi Kautonen wants.

Previous matches:

SJK 0-0 Ilves
Ilves 1-0 SJK
SJK 1-2 Ilves

Ilves team news:

Ilves will be without Baba Mensah and Ilari Mettälä. Jusif Ali was loaned to JJK.

SJK team news:

SJK will miss Billy Ions, Obed Malolo and Jarkko Hurme. Mihkel Aksalu is a doubt.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Aspegren, Tanska, Tomas, Rannankari – Haarala, Siira, Järvinen, Thiaw, Tamminen – Noubissi
SJK: Öst – Mustoe, Tikkanen, Vales, Tikkanen – Ayarna, Hetemaj – Klinga, Tendeng, Laaksonen – Hambo

Prediction:

Ilves has been a tough opponent for SJK but we rate the visitors a bit more and as they have also gotten a bit more rest, our main pick is SJK draw no bet.