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Helsinki IFK host visiting side Ilves at Bolt Arena in this Veikkausliiga match on Thursday.
Our Helsinki IFK v Ilves predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Helsinki IFK won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 3-2 Veikkausliiga loss in their previous game against KuPS.
The only scorer from Helsinki IFK was Hannu Patronen (90'). Tabi Manga (8'), Urho Nissilä (45') and Aniekpeno Udoh (76') scored for KuPS.
It has been seldom in recent times where Helsinki IFK have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. In fact, Tähtirinnat have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 12 goals along the way.
Looking at their past form shows that Helsinki IFK:
- are winless against Ilves in their previous 9 league games.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 home league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 3 league games.
Previously, Ilves drew 1-1 in the Veikkausliiga tie with KuPS.
The only scorer from Ilves was Nattan Skyttä (46'). Urho Nissilä (54') was the scorer for KuPS.
Over the course of their last six outings, Ilves have bagged a total of 11 goals. Ipa have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. In that time, their defenders have had 7 goals go into their own net. We will see if that trend can be continued on here.
Ahead of this meeting, Ilves are undefeated in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
An inspection of their past head to head results stretching back to 04/06/2017 tells us that these encounters have not been kind to Helsinki IFK. They’ve not been able to come away with any wins at all while Ilves have dominated them, beating them in 67% of those ties.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 23 overall which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
Team News: Helsinki IFK
Macario Hing-Glover (Knee Injury) and Erikson Carlos (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will be missing for HIFK boss Teemu Kankkunen.
Team News: Ilves
Ilves boss Jarkko Wiss has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Ilari Mettälä (Ankle Fracture) and Janne Saksela (Ankle Fracture) will miss out on this game.
We believe that Helsinki IFK will need things to go their way to get anything against this Ilves team who we think will likely score at least once to put them ahead.
That’s why we have predicted a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 win for Ilves at the conclusion of the game.
A close call.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Bolt Arena (10,770)
Captain: Hannu Patronen
Chairman: Christopher Perret
Manager: Teemu Kankkunen
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 6
⭐ Star Player: Sakari Mattila
Usually taking up the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Sakari Mattila was born in Tampere, Finland. Having made his senior debut playing for HJK in the 2008 season, the accomplished Midfielder has hit 4 league goals in the Veikkausliiga 2020 season to date in a total of 14 appearances.