Rovaniemi vs Ilves
Date: Monday, 26th June 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Keskuskentta (Rovaniemi).
The problems at Rovaniemi is further escalated with another defeat in last round’s away trip to VPS. The team is lurking around the relegation zone with 3 points clear-off safety. The 1-0 defeat to VPS is Rovaniemi’s 4th in the space of five games; and 8th in 13 games so far this season. Finding the back of the net on a consistent basis is the root cause of the issue, but the home form has some positives.
Despite the poor overall run of play, Rovaniemi has managed to bag four wins from their 7 matches at home, while they lost the remaining four. This is a huge relief when considering that they lost 5 of the 6 games on the road this season.
On the contrary, Ilves are in a decent run of form. They defeated SJK by a lone goal to extend their unbeaten run to three games, 2 wins and 1 draw. The good vibes has brought dividends at one of the smallest club in Finland. They moved upto 6th in the league table, a six point separation from second placed VPS.
Ilves are one of the sides doing better in away games this season. They picked up 4 wins and a draw from 6 road games so far, making them the fourth best away side in the league. However, they do tend to play defensive during the travels, just 7 goals scored and 6 conceded during the period.
Rovaniemi vs Ilves: Head-to-head
Rovaniemi are the better side by the look of overall head-to-head as Ilves managed just one win from 10 duels between them. RoPS have 6 wins to their name during the period, including the 2-0 away win in the first leg clash.
Also, Rovaniemi are unbeaten in the three home games against Ilves so far, with 2 wins and 1 draw.
Rovaniemi vs Ilves: Prediction
The momentum is with Ilves and they are a dangerous opponent with some strong showing away from home. However, they will be looking for their first away ever win at the Keskuskentta after having failed to score in the recent two.
Rovaniemi are in a spot of bother with pressure mounting due to their positioning close to the relegation zone. Home advantage is all good, but they need to produce an improved showing to get anything out of this game. It will be wise to back the away side as they are the one of the few teams with a strong defensive record in road games.
Rovaniemi vs Ilves: Bet Tips
Full-Time – Ilves to win at 2.40 at William Hill.
Total Match goals – Under 2.5 at the odds of 1.59 by Unibet.