Suomen Cup 18 February: Jazz vs SJK

Jazz vs SJK 18:30 Karhuhalli, Pori
Odds 21.00 – 10.00 – 1.05 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Jazz got relegated from the 1st Division to the 2nd Division after last season and the team has changed a lot, but it has not shown in their matches. They lost the opening match to VPS 5-1 but in that game the Jazz defense gifted 3 goals for VPS. After that, Jazz beat their city rivals MuSa 0-3 and the SJK reserve team 3-2. Overall the quality difference between the teams is huge but they might be able to give SJK a fight. Jazz will be without their youth international Patrik Raitanen and Terry Ablade.

SJK is having huge problems at the moment. On Friday, they announced that their key midfielder Matej Hradecky is injured and out for the whole season. Then they announced that their best defender Juhani Ojala will move to Sweden and BK Häcken. To top this all, they also released their head coach of 4 years Simo Valakari who had publicly criticized the owners for the transfer policy. They already got a new heach coach in Sixten Boström, but he wont start until monday. SJK will have their reserve team head coach in charge in this match. They will miss Matej Hradecky and Juhani Ojala. Also Jarkko Hurme is still out.

Group B Leaderboard:

Goals scored Goals conceded Points
VPS 13 5 9
FF Jaro 12 3 9
SJK 20 3 9
FC Jazz 7 13 6
MuSa 2 11 3
SJK-a 6 25 0

Starting line ups:
Jazz: Östling – Virtanen, Lemio, Kuusela, Meura – Lehtonen, Ahola, Kemppinen, Laaksonen – Aftab, Visavuori
SJK: Valakari – Dorman, Tikkanen, Tahvanainen, Hradecky – Klinga, Laaksonen, Ions, Mboma, Valakari, Vales

Both teams to score.

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