The Veikkausliiga game at OmaSP Stadion on Thursday sees home team SJK playing Ilves.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for SJK v Ilves are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
SJK will be looking for another win after the 2-3 Veikkausliiga triumph vs IFK Mariehamn.
For SJK, the goals were scored by Jake Jervis (15'), Emmanuel Ledesma (86') and Matej Hradecky (89'). Gustaf Backaliden (66') and Albion Ademi (84') scored for IFK Mariehamn.
It has not been often in recent times where SJK have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that SJK have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 8 goals in the process.
Ahead of this clash, SJK have not beaten Ilves in their previous 9 matches in the league.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against FC Inter Turku in Veikkausliiga competition, Ilves and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
Filip Valenčič (51', 82') was the scorer for FC Inter Turku.
Jarkko Wiss's Ilves have turned their attacks into goals 10 times in the course of their most recent six matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during that same period equals 5.
Pre-game facts show that Ilves:
- have not lost to SJK when they've played them away from home in the last 5 league games. A very good record, indeed.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head results going back to 29/04/2018 shows that these fixtures have not been fruitful for SJK. They’ve not been able to come away with any wins whatsoever whereas Ilves have maintained the edge over them, running out winners in 67 per cent of those games where they have faced each other.
A combined total of 16 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 5 of them for SJK and 11 netted by Ipa. That is an average goals per game value of 2.67.
Team News: SJK
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the SJK gaffer Jani Honkavaara to contend with from an otherwise complete squad. Samba Benga (Ankle Injury) misses out.
Team News: Ilves
Ilves manager Jarkko Wiss has a number of players out of action. Ilari Mettälä (Ankle Fracture) and Janne Saksela (Ankle Fracture) are those who can’t be considered.
Looking at these two, we feel that Ilves and SJK could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. That is why we are leaning toward a very even match with a score draw at the end of this one.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: OmaSP Stadion (5,817)
Captain: Mehmet Hetemaj
Chairman: Raimo Sarajärvi
Manager: Jani Honkavaara
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 8
⭐ Key Man: Mehmet Hetemaj
Regularly used in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Mehmet Hetemaj was born in Serbia. After having made a senior debut playing for HJK in the 2006 season, the skilful Midfielder has scored a sum of 3 league goals in the Veikkausliiga 2020 campaign so far from a total of 13 appearances.