Suomen Cup 18 March: FF Jaro vs Honka
Jaro vs Honka 15:15 Tellushalli, Pietarsaari
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This will be a very interesting match between probably the two biggest favourites for promotion in the Finnish 1st Division Ykkönen. FF Jaro has been in really good form ever since they changed their manager last season. After a poor start they managed to get themselves back into the promotion fight but the games ran out just a bit too quickly. Now for this season, the team looks even stronger. The biggest star they got is the Greek Georgios Katidis who played with AEK Athens before his ill-advised “Nazi salute” after he scored a goal. They struggled last season with scoring goals and to help that they brought in Christian Eissele from PS Kemi and now also Seth Paintsil got a working permit and is able to play also. In defense they lost Johan Brunell who just signed a deal with MLS club Toronto but they signed Pavle Milosavljevic who played the last two seasons in the Veikkausliiga with SJK and Ilves. Strong team who won all their home games in the Finnish Cup against MuSa, SJK and FC Jazz with 10 goals scored and only 2 conceded. Their only loss came against VPS in Vaasa 1-0 but the 4 wins was enough for them to top the group.
eSport Honka only got promoted to the 1st Division but they have build a team filled with experienced Veikkausliiga players and skillful foreigners which will make them one of the favourites for promotion. They already showed in the group stage that they mean business. Their only loss in the group stage came at the hands of HJK (3-2). After that match they beat HIFK, Gnistan, GrIFK and FC KTP. As they finished 2nd in the group they had to play a qualification game against KuPS in Kuopio. KuPS is one of the better teams in the Veikkausliiga but still Honka won 2-4 after a good performance. Especially in set pieces they were deadly as 3 of the goals came from corner kicks.
Tellushalli should have good atmosphere as it is a place where the fans are close to the pitch and the pitch is fast.
Starting line ups:
Jaro: Öhberg – Moore, Milosavljevic, Messenger, Chantzopoulos – Kronholm, Katidis, Kula, P.Niang – Larsson, Eissele
Honka: Murray – Äijälä, Laevuo, Ivanov, Saarinen – Perovuo, Tammilehto, Da Silva, Liikonen – Ömer, Sjöstedt
Both teams to score. Home team draw no bet.