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Finnish Cup 19 January: HIFK vs Gnistan

Finnish Cup 19 January: HIFK vs Gnistan

HIFK vs Gnistan 19:00 Tali Halli, Helsinki
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This is the first official match of the season for both teams. HIFK got relegated from the Veikkausliiga after last season and Gnistan got relegated from the Ykkönen and both teams are looking to get back promoted.

HIFK has changed a lot from last season. None of their strikers Mäkelä, Forssell or Sihvola have signed new contracts and also their experienced midfielder Mika Väyrynen retired. They still managed to keep the core of the team together and many players who played with them in the Ykkönen prior to their promotion continues. As a new signing they just announced Tuomas Mustonen who is their old player who last season played with AC Oulu. He is also known as a Gnistan player so this is an interesting match for him. HIFK also has a new head coach and this will be his official debut.

Gnistan got relegated to Kakkonen at the end of last season and they are really wanting to bounce back immediately. For this match they are not ready yet though and most of their players will be juniors as most of their experienced players are not match fit yet. Last season they managed to beat HIFK in the Finnish Cup 0-2 but now the preparations look to be the opposite.

Starting Line ups:
HIFK: Kollar – Hänninen, Andberg, Bäckman, Lepola – Terävä, Rantanen, Jyry, Jurvainen – Mustonen, Ulmanen
Gnistan: Hakala – Kaukomaa, Fortunato, Roivanen, Tiihonen – Zolameso, Heikka, Tirkkonen, Smidslund – Toure, Pastila

Prediction:

HIFK to win by at least 2 goals.