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Veikkausliiga 4 July: RoPS vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 4 July: RoPS vs Ilves

RoPS vs Ilves 18:30 Keskuskenttä, Rovaniemi
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RoPS has been in really good form recently and they are on top of the form table with three wins and two draws from their last five games. They are currently second in the Veikkausliiga just seven points behind leaders HJK with a game in hand. Ilves is also undefeated in their last four games but their record is 1-3-1. They are currently 7th, five points from the Top-3.

The big story in this game is the return of Aleksandr “Boris” Kokko. He played 30 minutes in their last game in the 2-2 draw against Honka, but this will be his big home debut. The return of the “King” who won the top goalscorer award in the Veikkausliiga and helped the team to get into Europe, the last time he played with RoPS. The expectation is huge with him, but he is not fully match fit. You could see that he has not played in the past 4 months. Another talking point for RoPS has been the injuries. They do not have much depth in the squad so each injury will hurt, especially in defense. Against Honka they were without Juuso Hämäläinen and Leo Väisänen. In the match Lassi Lappalainen injured his shoulder and had to come off after just 30 minutes. They might get some of the players back into this match and that will be important as RoPS has been lucky in many of their games to get points. When you look at the chances created, RoPS has been scoring with good efficiency and at the same time keeping their goal protected from a lot of chances. RoPS is 5-1-2 at home this season, losing only to Honka and HJK and drawing with TPS.

Ilves is a very disciplined team who defends well and are really dangerous in counter attacks. They have been strong at home as they are still undefeated with three wins and five draws. Their biggest problems are away from home. They have a decent 3-1-5 record but they have conceded way too many goals on the road (17). In their last five away games they have won two and lost three conceding 11 goals. At home they have kept five clean sheets but away from home they have had only two. Offensively they have been better on the road as they have only failed to score in two away games. They will get a boost into this match as their top scorer Marius Noubissi returns from suspension.

Previous matches:

Ilves 1-0 RoPS (This season)

RoPS team news:

Leo Väisänen and Eetu Muinonen are out. Agnaldo Moraes Jr and Lassi Lappalaine are doubts. Juuso Hämäläinen should be available.

Ilves team news:

They will miss Baba Mensah who is still injured. Jusuf Ali is having a test with Dinamo Zagreb this week and will miss this game. Thiaw is suspended, but they will get Marius Noubissi back. Niklas Jokelainen and Martti Haukioja are on international duty.

Starting Line ups:

RoPS: Reguero – Taiwo, Hämäläinen, Geffrard, Järvenpää – Wato kuate, Okkonen – Heikkilä, Roiha, Ivanovski, Lingman
Ilves: Luukkanen – Rannankari, Tomas, Miettunen, Ojala – Thiaw, Tamminen – Ala-Myllymäki, Järvinen, Hyökyvirta – Noubissi

Prediction:

Main pick here is both teams to score and Ilves draw no bet.