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Veikkausliiga 29 April: VPS vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 29 April: VPS vs HJK

VPS vs HJK 17:00 Elisa Stadion, Vaasa
Odds 6.50 – 4.00 – 1.43 – Bet NOW at RedKings

These two teams met in the Finnish Cup in Helsinki with HJK winning 4-1. VPS thus has something to avenge. VPS started the season with 2-0 win over FC Inter but has since failed to win again. They have 5 points from their opening 4 games. HJK is in the middle of a tough fixture list as this will be already their 5th match in 2 weeks. They won their opening 3 games but have since lost to KuPS and drawn with Inter on Wednesday.

VPS has changed a lot from last season but the biggest change is that they have a bit more options on how they play. They have also gotten some more quantity into the team increasing their depth. VPS can feel disappointed from their last two draws against IFK Mariehamn and Ilves. In both games they played really well and only some mistakes allowed their opponents to come back into the game. VPS is definitely better than last season so other teams need to watch out.

HJK has failed to win their last two matches. Against KuPS they led at home 1-0 but somehow broke down in the second half and KuPS came back to win 1-2. Against Inter they won the shots 11-0 but they failed to win the highly defensive system of FC Inter in that match. HJK is a quality side but at least now they are not as good as they were last season. They really miss Atomu Tanaka who could open up defenses. There is also some dissent with the players as one of their better players Filip Valencic came out in the media how he did not want to play for Mika Lehkosuo anymore. He said that he is not allowed freedom on the pitch which he needs. His play is too constructed and he was not happy. He said that they have sorted their differences now and everyone is happy but difficult to say.

Previous matches:

HJK 4-1 VPS Cup

VPS 0-3 HJK
VPS 2-1 HJK
HJK 5-0 VPS

VPS team news:

VPS will be without Joonas Vahtera, Steven Morrissey and Aatu Kujanpää from this match.

HJK team news:

They will miss Juha Pirinen and Riku Riski due to injury. Moshtagh Yaghoubi is suspended.

Starting Line ups:

VPS: Volotinen – Mcqueen, Ciss, Lahti, Auvinen, Engström – Strandvall, Laatikainen, Jama, Hakola – Douglas
HJK: Uusitalo – Rafinha, Obilor, Vesiaho, O´Shaughnessy – Dahlström, Annan – Vertainen, Valencic, Mensah – Klauss

Prediction:

VPS defense is not as good and they are able to score also so over 2.5 goals is our pick.