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Veikkausliiga 12 September: HJK vs HIFK

Veikkausliiga 12 September: HJK vs HIFK

HJK vs HIFK 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
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The last “Stadin Derby” as leaders HJK face 2nd from bottom HIFK. HJK just needs 8 points more to secure the title and a win here would make it a step closer. HIFK desperately needs points as they are only 3 points ahead of JJK for the bottom position.

HJK has been the dominant team in this season´s Veikkausliiga as they have lost only twice and conceded only 10 goals in 25 games. They have won their last 3 games with a 8-0 goal difference. They will win the league with the only question being with how many points. The main goal for HJK this season though is the Finnish Cup final which is played next week. They will play 3 matches in 8 days so some rotation might happen. They will miss from this match their long term injured Roni Peiponen and Moshtagh Yaghoubi and their suspended number 1 goalkeeper Thomas Dähne. All others are available including Filip Valencic who was suspended against VPS.

HIFK desperately needs points. Automatic safety is 9 points away so difficult to achieve but they must keep this current position in order to have a chance to save themselves in the relegation play-out. JJK though is in good form and are only 3 points behind HIFK. They will meet JJK on Friday in a crucial match so HIFK might want to save some players to that match.  They will miss key midfielder Väyrynen who is suspended. Halme is a doubt for this match.

The teams have played 11 times since HIFK got promoted with HJK winning 4, six of the matches have ended in a draw and HIFK has won only once. This season HJK won once in the league and in the cup and 1 match ended in a draw.

Starting line ups:
HJK: Uusitalo – Rafinha, Obilor, Patronen, Pirinen – Annan, Schuller – Savage, Onovo, Mensah – Pelvas
HIFK: Maanoja – Jurvainen, Bäckman, Andberg, Terävä – Anyamele, Halme, Jyry, Lassas – Ristola, Forssell

Prediction:

The Friday match is more important for HIFK so they should not take too many chances. HJK to win by at least 2 goals.