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Sixth takes on fifth in the Veikkausliiga when Ilves host SJK at the Ratinan Stadion on Friday. Read our predictions and find the latest odds for the game below in our expert match preview.
Ilves vs SJK Top Free Betting Tips
Ilves and SJK are locked on 17 points each after 11 matches ahead of their Veikkausliiga clash later this week. Read our top three expert predictions for Friday’s fixture between Ilves and SJK below.
- Match Result
- Ilves to Win
- Total Goals
- Under 2.5 Goals
- Half Time Result
The odds presented here are always subject to change. One should check with the bookmaker before placing the bet. These odds are provided by William Hill, our recommended bookmaker for the big game.
Ilves to Win
Ilves continue to toil on the road this season but at the Ratinan Stadion, Jarkko Wiss’ men have been a far more formidable force. Ilves have won 100% of their last four assignments at home – a run that included notable victories over high-flying pair KuPS and Inter Turku. SJK meanwhile, have lost two of their last three away fixtures and they are worth opposing against their dominant hosts.
Under 2.5 Goals
When Ilves and SJK last squared off in mid-June it took a late Cristian Valencia effort to separate the teams and we expect the clubs’ latest tussle on Friday to be similarly low on action. Three of Ilves’ last five games produced under 2.5 goals while four of SJK’s last five skirmishes on the road delivered two or fewer goals. The same market holds plenty of appeal for this week’s matchup.
Half Time Result: Draw
Cristian Valencia’s 78th minute strike was enough to separate SJK and Ilves in their recent encounter in June, though it’s interesting to note that the teams went in level at the break after a chess-like opening period. When you consider that seven of the nine goals scored in SJK’s away games this term arrived after the half-time break, the odds on the sides being level after 45 minutes again look extremely favourable.
Ilves vs SJK: Match Preview
Ilves have been blowing hot and cold in the opening weeks of the fresh Veikkausliiga campaign, though former Finnish international star Jarkko Wiss has certainly stumbled upon a winning formula at home. Ilves’ 1-0 win over Haka at the Ratinan Stadion last week fired them up to sixth in the table and another victory on Friday would see them leapfrog opponents SJK into fifth.
SJK relinquished a first-half lead in disappointing style at Lahti in their last fixture and were eventually gunned down by an 88th penalty. That was their second defeat in three games on the road and Jani Honkavaara’s charges have suddenly been stripped of the away-day specialists tag they had earned in the early exchanges of the season.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Ilves vs SJK
Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.
Ilves vs SJK Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will the match be played at?
Friday’s fixture will be played at the Ratinan Stadion in Tampere
When does this fixture kick off?
The match will start at 17:30 CET (GMT +1) on July 16.
Which team is favourite to win this week?
Ilves have been in superb form at home in recent week and the bookmakers’ have priced them as favourites as a result.
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