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Bitesize Prediction: Ilves vs SJK – 19/06/24

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 17 Jun 2024

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Competition: Veikkausliiga

Market: Both teams to score

Odds: 8/13 @ BetUS

Meeting for the second time in the space of a few days, Ilves will welcome SJK to the Tameela Stadion on Wednesday night.

Starting with the hosts, crashing out of the Soumen Cup over the weekend as they eventually fell to an action-packed 4-2 defeat at home against SJK, Ilves will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. However, while Joonas Rantanen’s men might have been last seen in Veikkausliiga action claimed a much-welcomed 2-0 victory away at Inter Turku, that is the only win that the Lynxes have recorded from any of their previous five appearances across all competitions. Although the Yellows might appear to be cruising their way to another play-off ticket this season, the former Gnistan boss will have a real headache over his side’s recent issues on home soil. Signing off May with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of KuPS, Ilves have suffered back-to-back defeats at the Tameela Stadion by an aggregate score of 6-3. It should also be noted, Wednesday’s hosts have seen four of their last four showdowns finish with both teams finding the net.

As for the visitors, putting in a rampant performance at the Tameela Stadion over the weekend as they extended on their Suomen Cup adventure thanks to that 4-2 victory, there is no doubt that SJK will be seeking a repeat performance here. Despite opening June with a 4-1 drumming at the hands of HJK, Stevie Grieve’s men have lost just a trio of their previous 19 appearances across all competitions. With that run stemming all the way back to a 3-1 loss against KuPS on February 17th, Wednesday’s guests have found a real clinical edge in the final third. Along with secured a stellar 4-0 romp against Lahti last month, SJK have notched seven goals in their back-to-back victories over the past month. Relishing an immediate return to Ilves in midweek, neutrals could be treated to another action-packed affair here. It should be highlighted, with three of the previous four showdowns between Wednesday’s opponents finishing with both teams finding the net, we are expecting a similar outcome.

Bet: Both teams to score at Ilves vs SJK 8/13 for Wednesday’s Veikkausliiga matchup @ BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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