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Helsinki IFK will arrive at Tammela Stadion on Saturday for the Veikkausliiga game with home team Ilves.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Ilves v Helsinki IFK can be found here - plus the latest betting odds.
Ilves won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 2-0 Veikkausliiga loss in their previous game against HJK.
Tim Väyrynen (25') and Ferhan Hasani (87') scored for HJK.
In their last 6 fixtures, Jarkko Wiss's Ilves have managed to score 7 times giving them an average number of goals scored per match of 1.17.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Ilves:
- haven't lost in the league to Helsinki IFK in their last 8 games. A decent run, indeed.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 league matches at home.
Helsinki IFK go into this meeting following on from a 0-3 Veikkausliiga win to defeat IFK Mariehamn in their most recent outing.
For Helsinki IFK, the goalscorers were Luís Henrique (12'), Adama Fofana (54') and Jabar Sharza (58').
The trend of at least one team drawing a blank in games involving Helsinki IFK has been apparent recently. Checking on their last 6 meetings shows that it has happened 5 times. In these clashes, their opponents have managed a goal tally of 7 while Tähtirinnat have scored 6. Putting that to one side, it remains to be seen if such a trend shall persist in this next game.
Pre-game facts show that Helsinki IFK:
- have not emerged victorious against Ilves when having played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. Not good at all.
- are undefeated in their last 4 away league matches.
Head to head
A quick look at their past head to head results going back to 14/10/2016 shows that these encounters have not been good ones for Helsinki IFK. They have not managed to register any victories at all while Ilves have remained in the ascendancy, getting wins in 67% of those matches played.
A sum of 21 goals were produced between them in this period, with 13 for Ipa and 8 for Tähtirinnat. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.5.
The last league encounter between these clubs was Veikkausliiga match day 11 on 27/08/2019 and the score finished Ilves 3-1 Helsinki IFK.
The match was refereed by Mattias Gestranius.
Team News: Ilves
Ilves manager Jarkko Wiss doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever coming into this match thanks to a fully healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Helsinki IFK
Thanks to a mainly available squad, there’s only the one fitness issue for the Helsinki IFK boss Tor Thodesen to be concerned about. Macario Hing-Glover (Knee Injury) won’t be in action.
In this game, Helsinki IFK should get enough chances to breach the defence of this Ilves lineup, however that may not be enough to avoid a loss.
Our tip is for a 2-1 victory for Ilves at the end of this one. Definitely a tough call.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Tammela Stadion (5,050)
Captain: Mika Hilander
Chairman: Pentti Kuusela
Manager: Jarkko Wiss
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 6
⭐ Star Player: Ilari Mettälä
Generally used in the Right Wing position, Ilari Mettälä was born in Finland. After having played his first senior match for Ilves in the 2020 season, the skilful Forward has contributed 2 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2020 campaign to date coming from a total of 3 appearances.