Ilves vs Assat
Competition: Finland Hockey Liiga
Date: 9th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
A mid-table Liiga battle sees Ilves, ninth, host the side two places but only one point above them. Both sides lost their last game before the international break.
Ilves of Tampere’s position in the standings underlines how tight the league is this season. With 16 rounds gone they’re one point safe of dropping out of the pity-playoff spots, however just two shy of jumping into the top six. A record of 24 points from those 16 games has them at 6-2-2-6 so far, effectively making them the ‘Joe Average’ team in the league. They did actually start very well with five wins from seven, but a streak of five straight defeats cancelled that out. A run of three wins on the spin was ended by the Pelicans last time out.
Assat are one point better overall than Ilves, having won one more game but lost an extra one in regulation as well. Their record of 7-2-0-7 has them just outside the top six places, however they could have been higher if a couple of those losses had been after 60 minutes. On a run of three straight defeats before the break, Assat had slipped a couple of places after a run of seven straight wins brought them well into the mix for the top spots.
Ilves haven’t been great at home, and are in the bottom four in that particular form guide. Only three wins from eight explains why they aren’t higher in the table, although they are unbeaten in their last two. In Tampere they average giving up three goals a game, while scoring slightly under that.
Assat have been pretty dreadful on the road so far with only a pair of wins to show from seven outings, and five regulation losses. Their real problem is that they struggle to score away from home – averaging a little over a goal a game until now, while giving up almost three on average.
Ilves vs Assat: Head-to-Head
It was just under a month ago when the teams played last – Assat winning 4-2 at home. They also won both pre-season friendly games as well. Ilves did however win both of their games at home last season.
Ilves vs Assat: Prediction
Home advantage hasn’t helped Ilves much this season, but you’d make them slim favourites due to those two wins before the break.
Ilves vs Assat: Tips
- Ilves+(0) AH at 1.74