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Veikkausliiga 12 October: SJK vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 12 October: SJK vs HJK

SJK vs HJK 20:00 OmaSp Arena, Seinäjoki
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This is a match between the two biggest teams in Finland in recent years but only the home team has a stake in this match. SJK still has an outside chance to get into Europe but they it is slim. They are 6th with 42 points and are 4 points behind Ilves for that coveted 4th position. HJK is already the double champion so they have no stake in this game anymore.

SJK suffered a bad 2-1 loss to IFK Mariehamn in the last round which left them a bit behind the pace of the other 4 teams fighting for those 3 Euro places. Their final three matches after this HJK game are easier than what their competitors have so anything is still possible. SJK has had a tough season with them changing head coaches already 3 times. The performances are still far from what they want but at least they still have a chance for Europe. They have been average at home this season with a 6-4-5 record.

HJK has nothing to play for anymore. They have secured the title and a couple of weeks ago they beat SJK at this same stadium to win the Finnish Cup. They can now just focus on giving playing time for players who will for sure play with HJK next season and maybe get some playing time for some youngsters especially for those players who did not go away during international break. HJK is known for being a good home team but even on the road they have been the best with a 8-5-1 record. Their only away loss coming against VPS, early in the season. Even if HJK would rotate players in this match, they still have the best depth in the league with several players who can play at a high level.

SJK has a lot of revenge to take on HJK. Not only did they beat them in the Cup Final in their own home stadium, but the two earlier matches in the league have ended 6-0 for HJK. SJK thus will want to score at least once against them this season.

Starting line ups:
SJK: Aksalu – Hurme, Hatakka, Mero, Sundman – Malolo, Laaksonen – Zeneli, Klinga, Sheppard – Mboma
HJK: Dähne – Pirinen, Rafinha, Annan, Schuller – Annan, Lingman – Savage, Onovo, Valencic – Pelvas

Prediction:

The value is with the home team. They desperately need to get something from this match and as there is a chance that HJK might rest players who have played during the international break, SJK has a chance to get something. 1X double chance.