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The Veikkausliiga meeting at Tammela Stadion on Sunday sees home side Ilves ready themselves for the challenge from opponents HJK.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Ilves v HJK game - plus the latest match odds.
Ilves will be wanting a better result here following a 3-2 Veikkausliiga losing effort in their last game against FC Honka.
For Ilves, the goalscorers were Tiemoko Fofana (8') and Diogo Tomás (52'). Macoumba Kandji (4'), Javi Hervás (75') and Borjas Martín (77') scored for FC Honka.
Fixtures featuring Ilves have proved to be entertaining encounters lately with a lot of goalmouth action anticipated. Over their past six clashes alone, the sum of 20 goals have been scored for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 11 of them accredited to Ipa.
Going into this encounter, Ilves are unbeaten in their last 8 league matches at home. It's been impressive.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Helsinki IFK in Veikkausliiga action, HJK will be hoping to turn things around here.
For HJK, goals were scored by Atomu Tanaka (24'), Roope Riski (52') and Tim Väyrynen (80'). Sakari Tukiainen (13'), Joel Mattsson (18', 89') and Moshtagh Yaghoubi (29') scored for Helsinki IFK.
In their last six outings, HJK have amassed a tally of 17 goals. Klubi have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. In that time, their defenders have seen 7 goals go against them. While that may be of interest, it remains to be seen if the trend will be sustained in this next game.
Going into this one, HJK haven't beaten Ilves in games played away from home for the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head clashes stretching back to 16/06/2018 shows us that Ilves have won 1 of these and HJK 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A combined sum of 10 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 4 of them for Ipa and 6 created by Klubi. That is an average goals per game value of 1.67.
The last league game featuring these clubs was Veikkausliiga match day 5 on 25/07/2020 when the final score was HJK 2-0 Ilves.
The match was refereed by Dennis Antamo.
Team News: Ilves
Ilves boss Jarkko Wiss has a full complement, with no fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash thanks to a completely injury-free squad ready to go.
Team News: HJK
Thanks to a completely healthy squad available to choose from, HJK boss Toni Koskela doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report coming into this match.
We feel that Ilves might need a bit of good fortune to register a score against this HJK team who we think will get the vital goal that wins it.
We’re therefore tipping a very even match with a 0-1 winning score for HJK at the end of the 90 minutes.
Expecting it to be tight.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Tammela Stadion (5,050)
Captain: Mika Hilander
Chairman: Pentti Kuusela
Manager: Jarkko Wiss
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 6
🔑 Key Player: Ilari Mettälä
Customarily taking up the Right Wing position, Ilari Mettälä was born in Finland. After having made a senior debut playing for Ilves in the 2020 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 5 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2020 season so far from a total of 6 appearances.