Our prediction for this Finland Veikkausliiga match:
Helsinki will be aiming to cement top position in the standings when they take on Ilves at Bolt Arena in the Veikkausliiga round 14. HJK have established themselves as the dominant force in the Finnish top flight, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to defend the trophy. Defender Daniel O’Shaughnessy is on international duty with Finland, but the 26-year-old was not missed in the 1-0 win over Mariehamn.
You should bear in mind that Toni Koskela’s troops are eyeing their seventh consecutive league win. Ilves, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Lahti and SJK in the previous two league fixtures. Jarkko Wiss’ troops are eager to get back on course in the Veikkausliiga, but they should not be looking for points at Bolt Arena. Talented midfielder Eetu Vertainen is pushing for a start for the visiting team.