Ilves hosts AC Oulu in round 14 of the Finnish Veikkausliiga. The match will be played on Friday, July 30th at Tammelan Stadion (Tampere)
Today Ilves is ranked seventh in the standings with 17 points. The team is in the relegation group, but HIFK (the closest opponent from the championship) is only one line and three points ahead. The Lynxes scored 14 goals and conceded 16 times in the current championship. In the last ten rounds, they gained four victories and one draw and suffered five defeats. Recent rounds ended for Ilves with defeats to KuPS (1-0) and SJK (0-1), a draw against KTP (1-1), as well as victories over Haka (1-0) and Inter Turku (2-1). In the last five home matches, the Lynxes gained four victories and suffered one defeat.
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The visitors of the upcoming match are one of the main outsiders in the standings and take the last 12th place with only seven points scored. AC Oulu is also in the relegation group, but the distance to the nearest opponent from the championship zone is as many as 13 points. In the current league, the Blue-Whites have scored 11 goals and conceded 25 times. The team's last ten matches ended in two victories, one draw, and seven defeats. In previous rounds, Oulu lost to SJK (3-2), Honka (1-0), and KuPS (2-0), tied against KTP (1-1), and defeated HJK (2-1) and KTP (1-3). In the last five away matches, the Blue-Whites chalked up one victory and four defeats.
The history of head-to-head matches of these opponents has only eight matches. They ended in three victories for Ilves, four wins for Oulu, and one draw. In the first round of the current league, the clubs crossed paths on the pitch of Oulu. Then Ilves won a landslide victory with a score of 0-2. And now the team shows noticeably better results and claims a place in the championship group, while Oulu is one of the main outsiders and takes a place at the very bottom of the standings. In the upcoming match, we expect another victory of Ilves over Oulu.
Prediction for the match: Ilves to win