Ilves vs SJK
Date: Thursday, 22nd June 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Tammelan Stadion (Tampere).
Ilves are an inconsistent team, but they must be happy with their position in the league so far. Coming on the back of a two match unbeaten run with a win against HIFK and goal-less draw against Lahti, the team will be confident going against a team of SJK’s stature.
On the other hand, SJK are struggling on all counts considering this is a team that finished inside top three in the previous six seasons. The poor showing resulted in Sixten Bostrom being sacked from head-coach position and is replaced by the Spanish coach Manuel Roca.
Things didn’t get better as SJK won 1 and lost 2 under the new manager. As things stand, a top three finish is still achievable for SJK, as their 9th spot in the league table is only 4 points behind the third placed IFK Mariehamn.
The home form of Ilves must be considered as they managed just 1 win from the 5 matches so far, drew 1 and lost 3. Meanwhile, SJK is not particularly good away from home as only 2 wins came from their 6 outings so far, drew 1 and lost 3. We are seeing most of the teams earning more points in away games than at home. SJK is one of the few exceptions.
Ilves vs SJK: Head-to-head
SJK dominated Ilves until the three meetings of last season when they lost 2 and won in 1.
Ilves reproduced their brilliant performance this term as well, by winning their first duel of the 2017 season on a 2-1 margin.
There was only 1 draw in the last 11 league meetings between the two teams.
Ilves vs SJK: Prediction
SJK are a team under tremendous pressure, but Ilves have little expectations. Therefore, the home side are expected to trump the traditional heavy weights for a narrow win.
Ilves vs SJK: Bet Tips
FT – Ilves to win at 2.40 by William Hill.