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Finnish Cup 26 January: Gnistan vs HJK

Finnish Cup 26 January: Gnistan vs HJK

Gnistan vs HJK 18:30 Musta-Pekka Areena, Helsinki
Odds 21.00 – 12.00 – 1.03 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the second match of the group stage for both teams. Gnistan, who play in the 2nd Division Kakkonen,  drew 1-1 with HIFK (Ykk.) in the first game. Veikkausliiga champions HJK beat another 2nd Division team PEPO 4-1 in their own game. Please note that this match is played outdoors on an artificial pitch. The match that the teams played last week were indoors.

Gnistan already announced in their match preview that they have several players down with illness including their head coach. They will miss some of their experienced players including Jani Kaukomaa, Niko Tirkkonen and Teemu Pastila. On top of these, some of the other players are not match fit so they will give a chance for the youngsters to play in this match who have been training more. They will try to keep the defense tight and hit on the counter attack.

HJK has gotten a work permit for their new goalkeeper Maksim Rudakov so he might get a start here. Their other new signing Daniel O’Shaughnessy is still in England trying to sort out his move so he is not available.

The teams met last season in the Cup also with HJK winnning 4-0.

Starting Line ups:
Gnistan: Hakala – Smidslund, Roivainen, Tiihonen, Fortunato – Åström, Zolameso, Apriamashvili, Forsen – Toure, Koskinen
HJK: Rudakov – Jalasto, Vesiaho, Patronen, Rafinha – Mosa, Dahlström – Banza, Vertainen, Mensah – Valencic

Prediction:

Main pick here is HJK to win by at least 4 goals.