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Veikkausliiga 20 October: HIFK vs SJK

Veikkausliiga 20 October: HIFK vs SJK

HIFK vs SJK 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 2.40 – 3.30 – 2.60 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Both teams have a lot of stake in this match and they both need a win. HIFK is 4 points behind PS Kemi and 5 points ahead of JJK with only 2 rounds remaining. If they can catch Kemi, they will be safe. If JJK catches them, they will be automatically relegated. Right now if they remain 11th, they will have to play in the relegation playoffs against the team that finishes 2nd in Ykkönen (either TPS or Esport Honka). SJK is currently 6th and they are 3 points behind the last Euro Cup position. Their goal difference though is so much worse that they will need to earn 4 points more than both FC Lahti and IFK Mariehamn from he last 2 games.

HIFK started to fight back to catch PS Kemi when they beat both VPS and PS Kemi in a row but their last round´s loss to FC Inter has taken a bit of a toll on that goal. HIFK was not a good home team early in the season but they have not lost in their last 5 home games (3-2-0) and their current home record stands at 4-5-6. HIFK has no suspensions.

SJK has dropped of the pace a bit in the last 5 rounds where they have gotten only one win (1-2-2). The Euro Cup place is not in their own hands anymore and they will need help from other teams to get into 4th place. They are one of the best away teams though with a 6-3-6 record. SJK will miss only the long term injured from this match as Obed Malolo is again fit and Jarkko Hurme and Matti Klinga have served their suspensions.

SJK and especially Billy Ions has been the thorn in HIFK´s flesh. HIFK was leading the match in Seinäjoki 1-3 with just a little bit to go but SJK came back in the last minute to draw 3-3. In Helsinki, SJK won with two Billy Ions goals 0-2. That is one of the few wins SJK has gotten in Helsinki.

Starting line-ups:
HIFK: Eriksson – Terävä, Andberg, A Lody, Vesala – Ristola, Gela, Väyrynen, Lassas – Mäkelä, Sihvola
SJK: Aksalu – Hurme, Mero, Hatakka, Anton – Malolo, Hetemaj – Sarajärvi, Klinga, Zeneli – Ions

Prediction:

This should be a tight game but IFK has a bit more stake. HIFK draw no bet.