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Veikkausliiga 20 October: HJK vs SJK preview

Veikkausliiga 20 October: HJK vs SJK preview

HJK vs SJK 14:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
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This is the penultimate game of the season or both teams and only the visitors have motivation. The hosts HJK have already been crowned champions but they can now inflict a bit of misery to their rival SJK with a win. SJK is ahead of the relegation playout position by only two points so they need more points to be sure of survival.

HJK has been by far the best team this season but they have had their problems off the pitch with some players. Filip Valencic was not happy and he left to Norway. Now this week HJK terminated the contract of 23-yearl old Finnish international Moshtagh Yaghoubi. “Mosa” is for sure talented but this season he has not been at his best and he has constantly argued with management. In any case HJK has been by far the best team, especially at home where they have a 12-2-2 record. They are unbeaten in their last 12 games where they have a 9-3-0 record. At home they have won four and drawn once in their last five games without conceding any goals.

SJK has had an awful season. They started the season as HJK´s main challenger but they are already 41 points behind HJK so their season has been a complete pan cake. The team has changed their head coach and released players but nothing has really worked. They have to fight a lot to get a win and they have not been consistent enough to get enough of them. SJK is 2-1-2 from their last five games and their away record is 3-4-8 this season.

Previous matches (This season):

HJK 4-0 SJK
SJK 0-1 HJK
Highlights from their last matches – Click here.

HJK team news:

No new injuries

SJK team news:

Hetemaj and Dorman are suspended. Ions and Laaksonen are injured.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – Jalasto, Obilor, Rafinha, Pirinen – Annan, Dahlström – Alho, Jordan, Riski – Klauss
SJK: Öst – Sundman, Kadio, Hatakka, Hurme – Opiyo, Klinga – Sarajärvi, Aredes, Oliinyk – Mboma

Prediction:

Under 2.5 goals. SJK has not been able to score a goal against HJK since the 2016 Finnish Cup final. The previous six games have ended in a HJK win with a goal difference of 20-0.