Ilves stayed away from the three points’ for the fifth match in a row, after losing 3:0 away to VPS. Thus, Toni Kallio’s team was in 9th place and is 4 points away from entering the top six. Today, they have key absence Ngueukam (17/2 suspended), Maenpaa (16/0), Manga (12/0 suspended), Katz (8/0), and Moussa (4/0).
Honka is one of the most positive surprises in Veikkausliiga. They are only three points away from top spot, and scored the most goals in the series together with VPS. They traveled to Kuopio on Sunday evening as a guest of league leader KuPS, and won a big point. Their form is superb with 3 victories and 1 draw in the last 4 matches, and concede only one goal.
Ilves is in a mediocre playing situation, ignoring the victory in the last 5 matches, while at home, they count 3 consecutive defeats, having scored only 1 goal. On top of that, they have serious absences, and I think that Honka will take advantage of it.