Ilves will be the guest of the third home match of the Rovaniemi this season. Ilves head coach Jarkko Wiss has been able to lead his own project as a pilot of tassel ears since the 2016 season. This season Wiss has only acquired two new players, midfielders Fieldman Joona Veteli, who started his football career in Kemi, and Tuure Mäntynen, who has returned home from Germany. They started this campaign with a slight cough, with two wins out of four matches, but they were hardly beaten on last away match against Inter Turku (5:1) and have a goalless draw at home against KuPS. For this away trip to the Arctic Circle injured are Joona Veteli, Ilari Mettälä, Eero Tamminen, and Yusif Moussa. RoPS head coach Vesa Tauriainen has a hard time in an opening 3 rounds without a win, but he had problems with injuries. Today’s situation is slightly better because goalkeeper Matias Niemelä, captain Eetu Muinonen, Enoch Banza, and Kalle Katz are now eligible. Ilves always have hard matches at Rovaniemi’s Football Stadium with only one win in 7 mutual matches and expect another hard fight for the points.