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Finnish Cup 17 February: HJK vs KTP

Finnish Cup 17 February: HJK vs KTP

HJK vs KTP 14:00 Tali-Halli, Helsinki
Odds 1.01 – 11.00 – 23.00– Bet NOW at RedKings

This will be the 3rd match in the Cup for the Finnish Champions but already the 4th for the visitors who got promoted to the Ykkönen for this season.

HJK is again the big favourite to lift the Cup and the Veikkausliiga title. They are still not ready for the new season and they look a bit weaker this season than they were at this point last season. Still they are the best team at the moment. So far they have met only Kakkonen teams. They beat PEPO at home 4-1 and then a hugely depleted Gnistan 8-0. Neither of those games really give the full extend of their current level. Since their Cup games, they have played two friendlies. They lost to Swedish side Djurgården 2-1 and then drew 1-1 with Estonian club FC Flora. They also made a couple of new signings as Nikolai Alho joined HJK back from Sweden and Finnish international Riku Riski joined from Odds BK.

FC KTP has already lost their chances to progress as they lost last week to HIFK 3-1. Their only points so far came from their 2-0 win over Gnistan at home. KTP has a decent side and they should do ok in Ykkönen but for right now their squad still lacks depth. They played really well against HIFK and dominated the match but a couple of lapses in defense gave the points for the hosts.

Starting Line ups:
HJK: Rudakov – Jalasto, Obilor, O´Shaughnessy, Rafinha – Mosa, Dahlström – Banza, Riski, Mensah – Pelvas
KTP: Koski – Manel, Pasi, Dolivo, Mahlamäki – Paavola, Kolsi, Tarvonen, Oksanen – Pahkasalo, Silva

Prediction:

HJK has had some problems in scoring goals. (You cannot take that 8-0 win seriously as it was against basically Gnistan youth players). Interesting to see if Riski will play in this match but even he might need some match fitness. Main pick here will be KTP +3.5AH depending on the odds.