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VPS Vaasa meet the visiting Ilves at Elisa Stadion in this Veikkausliiga fixture on Saturday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for VPS Vaasa v Ilves can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
VPS Vaasa won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 4-0 Veikkausliiga loss in their previous game against FC Honka.
Florian Krebs (50', 71'), Jerry Voutilainen (62') and Rui Modesto (82') scored for FC Honka.
It’s not been often in recent games that VPS Vaasa have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that VPS Vaasa have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 14 goals on the way. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be sustained into this next game, of course.
Previously, Ilves drew 1-1 in the Veikkausliiga match with FC Lahti.
In that match, Ilves managed 48% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Ilves was Kai Meriluoto (11'). FC Lahti got 15 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Teemu Penninkangas (79') scored for FC Lahti.
The numbers tell their own story, and Ilves have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 9 goals in all. At the back, Ilves seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Looking at their past form shows that Ilves:
- have not been beaten by VPS Vaasa when having played them away from home in the previous 5 league matches. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- are unbeaten in their last 5 away league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings dating back to 25/04/2018 shows that VPS Vaasa have won 0 of these and Ilves 3, with the tally of drawn matches being 3.
A combined total of 13 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 5 of them for Vepsi and 8 for Ipa. The average goals per game has been 2.17.
The last league fixture featuring these clubs was Veikkausliiga match day 4 on 23/04/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Ilves 3-2 VPS Vaasa.
On that occasion, Ilves had 61% possession and 11 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The scorers were Kai Meriluoto (7'), Mikael Almen (45') and Petteri Pennanen (48').
For their opponents, VPS Vaasa had 15 shots at goal with 10 of them on target. Mikko Pitkänen (9', 88') scored.
The match was refereed by Peiman Simani.
Team News: VPS Vaasa
The VPS Vaasa manager Jussi Nuorela will be happy not to have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this match owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go.
Team News: Ilves
Due to a completely injury-free squad to pick from, the Ilves manager Toni Kallio has zero fitness worries to report ahead of this game.
We believe that Ilves and VPS Vaasa may well end up cancelling each other out here.
Little in this one, and it’s almost too close to call. We therefore see a very close game with a 1-1 score draw at the end of this one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Elisa Stadion (6,009)
Captain: Sebastian Strandvall
Chairman: Timo Harri
Manager: Jussi Nuorela
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 9
⭐ Star Man: Tete Yengi
Typically played in the Striker position, Tete Yengi was born in Adelaide, Australia. After having made a senior debut playing for Newcastle United Jets in the 2020 - 2021 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored a sum of 6 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2022 season to date in 15 appearances.