There are two games today in the Veikkausliiga; HIFK vs FC Inter and RoPS vs SJK
HIFK vs FC Inter 17:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Bethard odds: 3.80 – 3.25 – 2.00
HIFK has drawn their last 3 games and have moved to 10th position. FC Inter is in great form having won their last 4 games and moved to the top of the league.
FC Inter has been dominant over HIFK during recent history as from their last 8 meetings, Inter has won 7 and drawn once. Their last meeting was in the Finnish Cup in February with Inter winning 1-3.
HIFK team news
Of course things have changed a lot since the last meeting between the teams in February. HIFK has a lot more new players and also now a new owner. Even though HIFK is still in the bottom half of the league as 10th, they have been a difficult team to beat. They have a 1-4-3 record this season and in their 8 games they have conceded only 7 goals. Their main problems have been in goal scoring where they have only managed to score 6 times. At home they have been strong losing only their first game to FC Lahti.
HIFK has a very effective defense and they use a lot of energy to press the ball very aggressively. With this they create a lot of problems for the opponent to control the game. This Inter game should really suit them.
FC Inter team news
Inter is the top scoring team in the league having scored 17 goals in 9 games so far. Ten of those have come in their last 4 games which have all ended in wins. They are now top of the table with 16 points and leading by goal difference on Ilves and KuPS. Away from home they are 2-1-2 this season losing only to HJK and Honka so far. They are looking quite strong at the moment.
Inter has been really good in set pieces recently as they have scored a goal in each of their last four games from a set piece or immediately after. They might need those again against HIFK as the home team will be tough to crack. Inter will get back Timo Furuholm and Niko Markkula to this match. Albion Ademi is the only player out.
This will be a tight game. Inter could win this but if they do, it will be by 1 goal only. Still we will go with the Home side and double chance. Bethard with 1.76 odds .
RoPS vs SJK 17:00 Keskuskenttä, Rovaniemi
Bethard odds: 2.90 – 2.85 – 2.75
RoPS lost their head coach Toni Koskela to HJK this week and now his assistant coach Pasi Tuutti has taken over as head coach. RoPS got a big win over VPS in their last game and are now 9th. They are 3 points behind their opponent SJK who are currently 5th.
RoPS beat SJK 3-2 in the Finnish Cup earlier this season. That was though when SJK was playing poorly. Last season SJK beat RoPS twice home and away. RoPS won once at home.
RoPS team news
RoPS has a new head coach but their playing style will not change. Pasi Tuuti was a good choice for the continuity for the team. This is important as RoPS played their best game of the season against VPS and will want to continue with the same style. According to Tuutti, the team has taken the shock new of losing their head coach with good spirits and the training has been going on well.
RoPS was a good home team last season but so far they have only won once and lost three this season. They will get back Sergio Llamas to the team but Aleksandr Kokko and Tarik Kada are still missing.
SJK team news
SJK started their season well but have only won once in their last 7 games (1-4-2). They have a quality team and it has been build better this season to suit the needs of their head coach Eremenko Sr. They base their game on solid defensive play and it has been working with only 8 goals conceded so far. Offensively they need to improve though as they will need more wins and to score an average 1 goal per game will not be enough.
SJK will miss only Jarkko Hurme for sure. Some players are doubts but a decision on them will be decided later on.
I like a RoPS come back on this. Home win. (Bethard)