HIFK vs Ilves
Finland – Veikkausliiga
Date: Sunday, 4th June 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Sonera Stadium (Helsinki).
HIFK had become the sort of draw specialists in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. But in a bigger picture, their inability to win matches have put them in the relegation battle. Only two wins came from their 10 matches so far this term. While there 6 draws and 2 losses, which is why they are 11th in the table with only JJK below them.
Last week, HIFK earned another draw, this time a thriller away against the third placed VPS. The team from capital city took the lead in the 88th minute, only to see it get canceled with second left for the referee’s full-time whistle. HIFK are win-less in five games with 3 draws and 2 losses.
Ilves suffered to their second defeat on the bounce when Kemi Kings run rout to earn a 4-2 win. They lost to rock bottom side JJK 3-1 in the previous week and questions are being asked to a leaky defense. Ilves are sitting at 7th in the league table, which is only 4 points above safety.
Meantime, Ilves surprised some big teams in the away matches this season. Their record is 3 wins 2 loss from 5 matches and the wins came against top teams like SJK, KuPS and VPS.
HIFK vs Ilves: Head-to-head
Ilves were unbeaten against HIFK in the three Veikkausliiga meetings for last season with 2 wins and a draw. They first clash was in Helsinki which ended in 1-0 score-line.
Also, HIFK haven’t won in their last three home matches against Ilves, drew 1 and lost 2.
HIFK vs Ilves: Prediction
HIFK are a team struggling to win matches, while Ilves are the kind of team that could be adventurous. The visitors have already won against some big teams on the road this season and look set to pile further misery on the win-less team from Helsinki.
HIFK vs Ilves: Bet Tips
FT – Ilves to win at 2.75 odds by William Hill
Both teams to Score and No Draw – 3.50 by William Hill is an excellent alternate.