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Finnish Cup 27 January: FC Lahti vs FC Haka

Finnish Cup 27 January: FC Lahti vs FC Haka

FC Lahti vs FC Haka 13:00 Mukkulan Halli, Lahti
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This is the first match for both teams in the Finnish Cup Group C. Lahti finished 4th last season in the Veikkausliiga and FC Haka was 6th in Ykkönen.

This upcoming season is very important for FC Lahti as they made it into the Europa League qualifiers after a long time. They have managed to keep the core group of players from last season but they did lose their biggest asset, goalkeeper Vasyutin. So far they have not made too many key signings yet with the exception of Xhevdet Gela returning from HIFK and defender Artjom Vjatkin joining on loan. Vjatkin though might not be available yet as he has not gotten a work permit yet. Same thing for striker Stenio. FC Lahti had a friendly last week where they beat Estonian team FC Flora 1-0 after a good display.

FC Haka will start yet again a season in Ykkönen. Each year their goal is to get promoted but each year they have failed in that target. The team has played already several friendlies this year. They drew 2-2 with TPS and last week they beat newly promoted Kakkonen team HJK 4-0. The team is slowly getting ready for the new season as they have only 15 contracts so far. For this match they will miss Lähdesmäki who is injured and they will also be without their head coach Keith Armstrong who is still recovering from an accident.

Last season the teams met in the Finnish Cup group stage where the points were shared 1-1.

Starting Line ups:
Lahti: Pakkanen – Sesay, Taimi, Voutilainen, Hauhia – Osipov, Paananen – Hertsi, Gela, Hostikka – Anier
Haka: Immonen – Kyöstilä, Malundama, Rantanen, Starck – Räsänen, Helminen, Thusberg, Fagerström – Hilska, Nganbe

Prediction:

FC Lahti to win with under 3.5 goals.