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Finnish Cup 2 March: SJK vs VPS

Finnish Cup 2 March: SJK vs VPS

SJK vs VPS 19:00 Wallsport Arena, Seinäjoki
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This is a Pohjanmaan Derby game between two teams that play in the Veikkausliiga. This match also decided which team finishes first in the group. A draw would put both teams through.

SJK has invested a lot for this season. They have gotten new players for their senior team and for their academy team. They can be considered as the biggest challenger to HJK for the title. They beat PKKU, KPV and TPV in their opening matches but they failed to beat Jaro in their last game. SJK will miss from this match their long term injured Obed Malolo and Billy Ions. Ville Tikkanen is with the Finnish U-19 national team and will not play either. Jordan Mustoe and Kyle Konwea are doubts and the decision if they will play or not will be made closer to the match.

VPS had a great start to their last season and they looked like a shoe-in for a medal and a Euro cup place in the summer but then the slump started and in the end they finished 8th. Their play is based on ball control and in the beginning it was working. Then they got some injuries to crucial defenders like Veli Lampi who were one of the few players at the back who could bring the ball up and pass. When he was out, the defense made too many mistakes and kept losing the ball. For this season they have brought in some more players and added some other methods also to bring the ball up. So far in the Cup it seems to have worked. They also brought in a goal scorer and Douglas Cae leads the top goalsorers list with 7 goals. Everything points to VPS being a Top-half team this season.

The teams met 4 times last season. SJK won twice in the league and VPS once. In this same Finnish Cup group stage, VPS won so both teams won twice.

Starting Line ups:
SJK: Aksalu – Hurme, Mero, Hatakka, Dorman – Hetemaj, Ayarna – Bååth, Tendeng, Tolonen – Hambo
VPS: Meerits – Ojamaa, Auvinen, Aubrey, Engström – Jama, Laatikainen, Lähde, Hakola – Morrissey, Douglas

Prediction:

Both teams to score is the main pick but the odds for a draw is good also. Neither team will want to risk losing this match.