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Veikkausliiga 18 May: FC Lahti vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 18 May: FC Lahti vs RoPS

FC Lahti vs RoPS 18:30 Kisapuisto, Lahti
Odds 2.00 – 3.15 – 3.60 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the top game of the round with league leaders RoPS facing FC Lahti who are 4th and 5 points behind. Lahti though has played two games less so by winning them, they can go top of the league.

FC Lahti has had a good start to the season so far. Their only loss has come actually to RoPS. In the other 6 games, they have won 4 and drawn 2. They have a great defense as they have conceded only 6 goals this season which is the 2nd best record behind their opponent RoPS. They have not scored that many goals but they have had a lot of injury or suspension problems to their offense players so that can be explained. They have won all their games so far at the Kisapuisto having beaten TPS, Ilves and SJK. RoPS will be the strongest opponent they have met so far.

RoPS won their opening 5 games. They then went 3 games without a win but managed to beat KuPS in the last round. They are a very strong team who benefits when there are several days between games. The depth in the team is not too big so when rotation is needed that takes away the quality. They have a very solid defense as they have conceded only 3 goals this season. Their problems have been in the offense as neither Roiha or Ivanovski is a clear number 1 striker. Eventually their defensive record will balance out a bit and if they do not find a new striker, their results will get a bit worse.

Previous matches:

RoPS 2-0 Lahti (This season)

Lahti 1-1 RoPS
Lahti 1-1 RoPS
RoPS 1-0 Lahti

Lahti team news:

Lahti will miss Timi Voutilainen, Fareed Sadat, Teemu Jäntti, Joona Tiainen and Santeri Pakkanen.

RoPS team news:

They will miss Agnaldo Moraes from this match. There are others who are doubts and the decision if they play or not will be made today.

Starting Line ups:

Lahti: Vasiutin – Hauhia, Viatkin, Jovanovic, Taimi – Dmitrijev, Paananen, Sesay – Stenio, Anier, Hostikka
RoPS: Reguero – Taiwo, Hämäläinen, Väisänen, Hyvärinen – Muinonen, Okkonen – Heikkilä, Lingman, Lappalainen – Ivanovski

Prediction:

Updated pick home win. RoPS without Wato Kuate from midfield is a big loss.