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Veikkausliiga 21 July: RoPS vs SJK

Veikkausliiga 21 July: RoPS vs SJK

RoPS vs SJK 17:00 Keskuskenttä, Rovaniemi
Odds 2.23 – 3.05 – 3.15 – Bet NOW at RedKings

These two teams met just under two weeks ago and SJK won at home 2-1. That was their 5th straight win against RoPS home and away. Despite this, it is RoPS who plays better in the Veikkausliiga. RoPS is currently 2nd with 35 points. SJK is 9th with 19 points.

RoPS controlled the ball in the first match against SJK as SJK defended very low.  RoPS however did not play well with the ball and allowed SJK to press them and eventually go 2-0 up. This game should be similar but at home RoPS does play better. Out of their 9 home games, RoPS has won six and drawn one. Their only losses have come against Honka and HJK. They do have problems in this match though in picking up the starting eleven. They had to let important midfielder Wato Kuate go as he was causing problems inside the team. They just got Aleksandr Kokko as main striker, however Kokko got injured in the SJK game and he might be out for the season. Thus they are quite thin in the forward and midfield options.

Since that RoPS game, SJK went to Turku and lost to Inter 2-0. It was a bad performance as they played with a one man advantage for the whole of second half, but could not create many good chances. Their offensive play is lacking without proper wingers and if they do not sign more players, a midtable finish seems to be in the cards. They are also not that good away from home. They have only one away win so far and even that came on neutral ground against TPS.

Previous matches:

SJK 2-1 RoPS (This season)

RoPS team news:

Aleksandr Kokko is injuredand Wato Kuate was realeased. Juho Hyvärinen, Lassi Lappalainen and Eetu Muinonen are doubts.

SJK team news:

SJK will be without Marc Vales, Jesse Sarajärvi, Dani Hatakka and Billy Ions who are injured. Obed Malolo and Ville Tikkanen are also out.

Starting Line ups:

RoPS: Reguero – Järvenpää, Väisänen, Hämäläinen, Taiwo – Okkonen, Muinonen – Moraes, Roiha, Ivanovski, Lingman
SJK: Aksalu – Sundman, Mero, Lautamaja, Hurme-Hetemaj,Laaksonen – Bååth, Tendeng, Klinga – Mboma

Prediction:

Under 2.25 AH goals. RoPS to win.