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Veikkausliiga 19 August: HIFK vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 19 August: HIFK vs RoPS

HIFK vs RoPS 17:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 2.16 – 3.10 – 3.28 – Bet NOW at RedKings

HIFK is 11th at the moment in the relegation play-out position with 17 points. RoPS is 8th with 28 points and only 6 points from a Top-3 position. This match is HIFK´s 120th birthday game and a lot of spectators is expected.

HIFK is battling really hard to avoid relegation. They only have a 5 point gap to JJK who are bottom and facing direct relegation. HIFK is still a mess and the squad is weak but they did seem to improve a bit as they beat VPS in their last home game 2-1. That was only their second home win this season having beaten earlier their today´s opponent RoPS. In the last round they lost 4-3 to Ilves with their defense yet again making mistakes.

RoPS surprised everyone by beating HJK in this same stadium in the last round. That was HJK´s first home defeat this season and even RoPS head coach Malinen did not expect these points. The fact is though that RoPS has been playing well recently but they just have not gotten the results. The win against HJK was only their second away win this season so normally their road games have not gone well. RoPS might give their new signing Nathaniel Will a game here. He came to replace Charlie Trafford who moved to Scotland.

HIFK has been a difficult team to play against for RoPS. HIFK beat them 1-0 at home earlier and in Rovaniemi, HIFK was the better team but RoPS managed to come back to draw 2-2. Since HIFK was promoted to the Veikkausliiga, RoPS has beaten them twice at home, HIFK has won once at home and 5 matches have ended in a draw.

Starting line ups:
HIFK: Eriksson – Anyamele, Aho, A Lody, Jurvainen – Halme, Gela, Väyrynen, Terävä – Mäkelä, Sihvola
RoPS: Reguero – Hyvärinen, Hämäläinen, Tatomirovic, Nurmela – Will, Okkonen – Roiha, Muinonen, Stavitski – Eze

Prediction:

Important game for both teams but it looks like a yet another draw. Small bet on Mäkelä to score anytime. He has scored 99 goals and looking for the 100th.