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Veikkausliiga 26 May: HJK vs FC Honka

Veikkausliiga 26 May: HJK vs FC Honka

HJK vs FC Honka 15:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.38 – 4.20 – 7.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the Capital city Derby or better known as “MetroDerby”. With HIFK no longer in the Veikkausliiga, this is the main Derby game for both teams this season. As this is the first derby in the league, a lot of fans are expected. HJK took 1st position in the standings with 22 points for the first time this season with their 3-0 win over FC Inter on Monday. FC Honka has lost only once this season but they are still only 7th with 12 points from 9 games.

HJK beat FC Inter 3-0 on Monday and avenged their Finnish Cup final loss from 2 weeks ago. They have won 7 times this season but this win was only their 2nd win that they have won by more than 1 goal. They beat Ilves in the season opener 3-1 but have failed to beat their opponents with more goals since then. HJK is not as good as they were last season. They lack quality in wingers and also in midfielders who can split a defensive wall. They are still the best team in the league but this season it takes a lot more effort for them to get the 3 points.

FC Honka is a team who are very difficult to beat. They have only lost once all season (SJK). They have had some offensive problems and because of this, they have only won twice. With a better striker, Honka would be up there fighting for Top-3 places already. They can of course still do this if they can start turning tight games into wins. If they can get Macoumba Kandji (former HJK) match fit, they can definitely do this.

Previous matches:

HJK 2-1 Honka (Cup this season)
Honka 2-1 HJK (Cup this season)
HJK 3-2 Honka (Cup last season)

HJK team news:

They will be without Akseli Pelvas, Ville Jalasto, Riku Riski and Enoch Banza

Honka team news:

They will miss Duarte Tammilehto and Masar Ömer.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – Rafinha, Obilor, O´Shaughnessy, Pirinen – Annan, Dahlström – Mosa, Valencic, Alho – Klauss
Honka: Murray – Levänen, Ivanov, Saarinen, Rasimus, Laevuo – Rahimi, Hervas, Kaufmann – Martin, Kandji

Prediction:

Initial pick: Honka +1.5AH