The Finnish Veikkausliiga continues this Tuesday with two matches. VPS travel to meet FC Lahti and SJK will host KPV in another Pohjanmaa derby
FC Lahti vs VPS 18:30 Kisapuisto, Lahti
Bethard odds: 2.30 – 3.00 – 3.35
Two teams who were expected to finish in the bottom half this season will meet in Lahti on Tuesday night. FC Lahti suffered their first loss of the season last Friday when current league leaders Ilves beat them 1-0 in Tampere. Ilves was the better team in the game but still the winning goal was a bit lucky. VPS on the other hand drew 1-1 in a derby game against SJK and they are still without a win this season.
Lahti team news
FC Lahti has changed a lot from last season and only a few players remained in the team. They also have a fairly new head coach as Sami Ristilä took over at the end of last season. He has been able to build his team the way he wants, but the team has some issues. It is a new team which was built quite late so the team play is not the best. This leads to some defensive errors during the game. Also their offensive play is not that effective yet as most of their best chances come from set pieces.
Lahti will still be without Jerónimo Amione and Drilon Shala.
VPS team news
VPS has also changed but mainly their players. They still have the same head coach and he has made a clear system that is based on ball control. At its best they play great football, but as the team does not have that big budget, they players might not be at the best level to play this style at least for the full 90 minutes. In almost every game, VPS has had some good spells where they create good chances but that spell does not last the whole game. If they could play the whole 90 minutes the way they want, then they could beat anyone in this league.
VPS will start this match with the same players as against SJK. They will give an extra week for other players to recover and in their next match they will have more options.
Last season all of the three meetings between the teams ended in a draw. This could happen also in this match, but our main pick is VPS draw no bet on the first half. Against SJK, VPS dominated the first half and was really strong. They could have a similar start now against a team who has failed to score in the first halves this season. Bethard having 2.20 odds for this. To coincide with this, VPS to score over 0.5 goals in the first half with 2.75 odds is also a good option.
SJK vs KPV 18:30 OmaSp Stadion, Seinäjoki
Bethard odds: 1.74 – 3.50 – 4.95
This is a derby game and on top of this being a Veikkausliiga game, it is also part of a mini-league between KPV, SJK and VPS which all come from the same “Pohjanmaa” area. SJK has the second biggest budget in the league behind HJK, but they have struggled ever since they won their first league title in 2015. This season though, they have started promisingly. Newly promoted KPV though is still without a win even though the performances have not been that bad.
SJK team news
SJK won their opening two matches but have since only gotten two draws and a loss. On Friday SJK drew 1-1 in another derby game against VPS. They had some suspension issues in that game for defensive players but they will get Kadio and Hatakka back in this match. They will be without their captain Hetemaj though, but they have enough players to cover for him. SJK has a very strong defense and they have only conceded 3 goals in their five games so far. Their offense is not that strong yet as Billy Ions has been injured, but they do create enough chances to win their games.
Billy Ions, Jonas Sundman and Joel Mero are still injured.
KPV team news
KPV has not had the start they wanted. One of the reasons has been that they had to play their opening home games actually at this OmaSp stadium and not in their own Kokkola stadium due to their pitch not being in good condition. On a plus side, they do know how to play here now. KPV was supposed to play in the Veikkausliiga with an organised defense but so far that has not worked as they have conceded 9 goals already in four games. They lost their last game against IFK Mariehamn 0-4 and it was a poor performance from them as they also struggled to create chances.
KPV has several players who are doubts for this match; Pikkarainen, Josimov, Shaze, Koskimaa and Roiha.
As this is a derby match, there is a higher expectation of goals. Main pick here is over 2.5 goals. Bethard having 2.25 odds for this.