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Veikkausliiga 7 May: Ilves vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 7 May: Ilves vs RoPS

Ilves vs RoPS 18:30 Ratinan stadion, Tampere
Odds 2.22 – 2.90 – 3.30 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Ilves who only got their second win of the season in the last round against FC Inter will host the surprise leaders RoPS. Ilves was predicted to be again fighting for Euro Cup places this season but they have had a bit of an average start. All their matches have been tight but so far they have only gotten 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. They have had problems in defense after their main defender Baba Mensah got injured just at the start of the season. Also offensively they have been weaker as Marius Noubissi has not been in similar form yet like Tuco was last season. Ilves has the capabilities to beat anyone so when the odds are right, they are a good bet.

RoPS won their first 5 matches of the season but have since then drawn with TPS and lost to FC Honka in the last round. Everyone thinks that now RoPS will start to lose steam and drop from the leading position but they are still a very good team and they are coached really well. Their little slump in form can be put down to tiredness as they have played several games in a small time frame and their team does not have the same depth as many other teams have. With a bit of rest they should get back to form.

Previous matches (last season):

Ilves 3-2 RoPS
RoPS 1-0 Ilves
Ilves 0-2 RoPS

Ilves team news:

They still miss long term injured Baba Mensah and Ilari Mettälä. Matias Ojala has recovered from fever and is available. Some of their younger players will play with their cooperation teams JJK and HJS Academy.

RoPS team news:

Juuso Hämäläinen is the only doubt but even him has been training with full pace.

Starting Line ups:

Ilves: Hilander – Aspegren, Tomas, Miettunen, Rannankari – Siira, Ala-Myllymäki – Onduku, Thiaw, Tamminen – Noubissi
RoPS: Reguero – Taiwo, Geffrard, Väisänen, Järvenpää – Lingman, Wato – Muinonen, Moraes, Lappalainen – Ivanovski

Prediction:

Both teams have good defenses so under 2.5 goals is our main pick.