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Veikkausliiga 18 May: TPS vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 18 May: TPS vs HJK

TPS vs HJK 18:30 Veritas Stadion, Turku
Odds 6.50 – 4.15 – 1.43 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is a classic Derby between two traditional teams. This will be the first meeting between the teams since September 2014 when HJK won 1-4. That was the season TPS got relegated and it has taken them 3 seasons to get back. TPS is currently 10th with 5 points from 7 games. HJK is 2nd with 16 points from 8 games.

Newly promoted TPS has started the season as expected. They have had a few good moments and they can hold their own at this level against anyone but they have had defensive lapses that have cost them the points. Also their offense has not been prolific enough. They get chances in each game but just cannot put the ball into the net. They had these mistakes in Ykkönen also but at that level they did not get punished for them. Now at the Veikkausliiga, they need to cut down their errors if they wish to remain in this league.

HJK is still 2nd in the league and a win here would put them tied at the top but still their season has not started that well. They have lost points especially at home unexpectedly and they also lost the Cup final to FC Inter on Saturday despite dominating the match. They have had some goal keeping issues but also problems in creating chances and breaking down a defensive wall. Last season they had Atomu Tanaka as play maker and a bunch of good wingers. Now they are missing both. We still think they will win the league this season as they are the most consistent but it wont be with such a big margin and they can lose points in many games.

Previous matches:

 

TPS team news:

updated later

HJK team news:

They will get back full back Pirinen but they lost forward Akseli Pelvas who is injured for the whole season. They will also miss Riku Riski and Enoch Banza.

Starting Line ups:

TPS: Viscosi – Rähmönen, Tenho, Holma, Kinnunen – Peräaho, Blomqvist – Latonen, Valakari, Jakonen – Ääritalo
HJK: Rudakov – Rafinha, Obilor, Jalasto, O´Shaughnessy – Dahlström, Annan – Mosa, Valencic, Mensah – Klauss

Prediction:

Update pick is over 2.5 goals.