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The Veikkausliiga match at Tammelan Stadion on Saturday sees hosts Ilves welcome HJK.
All Ilves v HJK match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (including the best match odds).
Ilves go into this fixture after a 1-1 Veikkausliiga drawn match vs HJK.
In that game, Ilves had 45% possession and 2 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, HJK had 2 shots on goal with 1 on target. Luis Carlos Murillo (2' Own goal) and Valtteri Moren (14') scored for HJK.
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that there has been much resilience in the Ilves rearguard. Ilves have given the opposition little, seeing the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their past 6 clashes standing at 2. In any event, we will just have to wait and see if the trend shall be replicated in this next match or not.
A look at their previous results shows us that Ilves:
- have not won against HJK when playing them at home in the last 2 league games.
- have left without a victory over HJK in their last 4 league matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 home league matches.
The stats tell the story, and HJK have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 10 goals in all. At the back, HJK just haven’t been too solid at all.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head clashes dating back to 20/07/2019 shows us that Ilves have won 1 of these and HJK 4, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
A combined total of 16 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 5 for Ipa and 11 belonging to Klubi. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The last league clash between the two was Veikkausliiga match day 14 on 18/06/2021 which finished with the scoreline of HJK 2-1 Ilves.
On that occasion, HJK managed 60% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The goalscorers were Filip Valenčič (8'), Dylan Murnane (36' Own goal) and Jair (68').
On the other side, Ilves had 5 shots at goal with 1 on target.
The referee was Joni Hyytia.
Team News: Ilves
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just a single fitness concern for the Ilves manager Toni Kallio to be concerned with due to a largely intact set of players. Kalle Katz (Ill) is sidelined.
Team News: HJK
HJK manager Toni Koskela has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Atomu Tanaka (Knee Injury) and Jakob Tannander (Finger Injury) can’t be considered.
Our feeling is that Ilves will surely be able to score a goal against this HJK outfit, although one goal might not quite be good enough.
We are therefore anticipating a very close game with a 1-2 advantage for HJK by the conclusion of the game. It really should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Tammelan Stadion (5,050)
Captain: Tatu Miettunen
Chairman: Pentti Kuusela
Manager: Toni Kallio
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 6
🔑 Key Man: Jean Carlos Blanco
Regularly deployed in the Striker position, Jean Carlos Blanco was born in Villa del Rosario, Colombia. After having played his first senior match for Ilves in the 2021 season, the talented Forward has bagged 2 league goals in the Veikkausliiga 2021 season so far from a total of 21 appearances.