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HJK vs RoPS preview

Veikkausliiga 21 September: HJK vs RoPS preview

HJK vs RoPS 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.41 – 4.15 – 7.00– Bet NOW at RedKings

This match could decide the title if HJK wins. RoPS is currently 9 points behind leaders HJK with 5 games remaining. A win here for HJK would move them 12 points ahead and then the only hope for RoPS would be to win all remaining matches and HJK to lose theirs and have the goal difference to swing on the favour of the northerners. Won´t happen, but still RoPS will need points to secure a Euro Cup place for next season. They are 6 points ahead of Honka and 8 points ahead of KuPS. They still need a couple of wins to be sure.

Both teams are in good form. HJK has won their last four games and their last loss was 2.5 months ago. RoPS also has not lost in 1.5 months so this should be a good game. Especially as the teams met in Helsinki little over a month ago. RoPS had plenty of fans in that match and they were leading 1-2 right until the end before Klauss scored the equalizing 2-2 goal. HJK is the best home team in the league, but RoPS is the second best away team. RoPS has failed to lose to HJK in Helsinki in their last three games (2 wins and 1 draw). It will not be easy for the league leaders.

Previous matches:

HJK 2-2 RoPS (This season)
RoPS 1-2 HJK (This season)

Highlights from their last matches – Click here.

HJK team news:

No new injuries, Moshtagh Yaghoubi is still suspended.

RoPS team news:

RoPS will be without Lassi Lappalainen,who cannot play against his own club (He is on loan at RoPS from HJK).  Eerik Kantola and Veka Pyyny are doubts.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – Patronen, Obilor, Rafinha, Pirinen – Dahlström, Jordan – Alho, Vertainen, Riski – Klauss
RoPS: Reguero – Järvenpää, Hämäläinen, Geffrard, Taiwo – Okkonen, Lingman, Zeneli – Hyvärinen, Gorozia, Kokko

Prediction:

Both teams to score.