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Veikkausliiga 14 July: HJK vs TPS

Veikkausliiga 14 July: HJK vs TPS

HJK vs TPS 19:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.25 – 5.00 – 9.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

League leaders HJK will meet newly promoted TPS at the Telia 5G Arena´s artificial turf. HJK is in the middle of the Champions League qualifiers 1 round against Faroe Islands Vikingur and the 2nd leg will be played in Helsinki next week. HJK already leads the tie 1-2 but it is possible that they will rotate some players here. TPS got an important win last week against bottom club PS Kemi which took them out of the relegation zone. The teams have met once before this season in Turku with HJK winning 0-1. This match is considered as a classic derby as there are no other teams who have met the most times in the Veikkausliiga than HJK and TPS.

HJK is the big favourite to win the Veikkausliiga and they are top of the league with a 7 point difference over RoPS after 19 rounds. They lost at home in the beginning of the season to KuPS and FC Lahti but since then they have won their last 6 home games with a goal difference of 19-2. In five of those games they got a clean sheet. HJK has had a lot of games recently but they have been able to rotate quite a lot. They have used already quite a few players.21 different players have actually played over 381 minutes this season.

TPS had big problems in scoring goals at the beginning of the season and they still have only scored 15 goals in 18 games which is the worst record in the league. However in their last five games, they have scored 6 goals so its going to a better direction. They have played many tight games despite losing many times. Their losses have not come with many goals if you do not count the games against SJK. They desperately need a couple of good players or they will be fighting to avoid relegation all through the season.

Previous matches:

TPS 0-1 HJK (This season)

HJK team news:

HJK will miss Juha Pirinen, Ville Jalasto and Akseli Pelvas. Roni Peiponen is a doubt. Mikko Sumusalo might still wait for his playing permit.

TPS team news:

Holma and Friberg are doubts.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – Kouassivi-Benissan, Obilor, Patronen, O´shaugnessy – Annan, Dahlström – Banza, Valencic, Mensah – Klauss
TPS: Viscosi – Friberg, Holma, Tenho, Rähmönen – Mckendry, Blomqvist – Sjöroos, Valakari, Jakonen – Ääritalo

Prediction:

Under 2.5 goals. TPS +1.5AH