Last season’s Ykkönen champions, Turku PS, have had a difficult start to life back in Finland’s top division and with nine games played already, they have just six points on the board. Things don’t get any easier either, as this weekend sees them travel to Ilves.
The hosts have been in pretty decent shape in the build up to this match and have suffered just one defeat in their last seven outings. It is a stark contrast to the form shown by the visitors who have failed to win in any of their previous six matches. Given the form of these two sides, we think that the hosts will be able to claim all three points and we are backing them for our tip.
However, a head to head record which is weighted heavily in the favour of the visitors is hard to ignore and is enough for us to take some precautions. Those precautions take the shape of the ‘Draw – No Bet’ option, which simply means if the match finishes all square then our bet would be made void and our stake would be refunded.
Although the head to head record is a concern, it is quite a while since these two sides last faced off and we are banking on the fact the tides have changed since that last meeting. The fact that the hosts have kept a clean sheet in four of their previous five outings also gives us great confidence in their ability to get the job done.
Turku PS may have scored two goals or more in each of their last four away matches but there is plenty of goals going in at the other end and we think that they may struggle to break down their opposition given that Ilves usually keep things tighter than TPS have found this term.
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TPS have an excellent record in the head to head between these two sides with a record of five wins, one draw and one defeat. The sides last met in a 2-1 TPS win in the Suomen Cup back in 2010.
Ilari Mettälä, who joined from this weekend’s opponents at the start of the campaign, has been on the sidelines since the start of the season with a thigh injury. In addition, Baba Mensah and Gomo Onduku are also in the treatment room.
TPS have a fully fit squad to select from.