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Veikkausliiga 1 June: RoPS vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 1 June: RoPS vs HJK

RoPS vs HJK 18:30 Keskuskenttä, Rovaniemi
Odds 5.50 – 3.70 – 1.53 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the top game of the round. 2nd placed RoPS will meet leaders HJK. This is the big battle between HJK´s head coach Mika Lehkosuo and his former assistant coach, RoPS head coach Toni Koskela. Which one will come on top?

RoPS has had an excellent season so far and especially at home they have been strong with 4 wins and only 1 loss. RoPS has changed their game play this season to have more ball possession (Just like HJK) and they base this also with an excellent goalkeeper and defense. RoPS has conceded only 6 goals this season and 3 of those actually came in their last match against FC Inter (Away draw 3-3). Even though they have scored 15 goals, this is their biggest problem so far. They are missing a clear striker who could score regularly.

HJK had a slow start to the season but they have now won their last 5 games and lead the league with 7 points. They have played their last three games at home and in the last one they totally demolished SJK 4-0. Not all of their performances have been that good but their normal play is on a high level and they are consistent. This will be the reason why they will win the title also this year.

Previous matches:

HJK 2-3 RoPS (last season)
HJK 0-1 RoPS (last season)
RoPS 1-4 HJK (last season)

RoPS team news:

RoPS will have two big absentees from this match. Their key defensive midfielder Wato Kuate is suspended and their top scorer Lassi Lappalainen cannot play against HJK as he is on loan from them. Also Agnaldo Moraes Jr is still injured.

HJK team news:

They will miss Akseli Pelvas and Ville Jalasto. All others should be available.

Starting Line ups:

RoPS: Reguero – Järvenpää, Hämäläinen, Väisänen, Taiwo – Muinonen, Okkonen, Lingman, Hyvärinen – Ivanovski, Roiha
HJK: Rudakov – Pirinen, Vesiaho, Obilor, Rafinha – Dahlström, Annan – Mosa, Valencic, Alho – Klauss

Prediction:

Main pick is both teams to score. RoPS at home is strong and they have scored 10 goals in their 5 home matches so far. At the same time they are still missing Wato Kuate. He also missed their last match and Inter scored 3 goals. HJK offense is even stronger.