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Veikkausliiga 29 May: HJK vs SJK

Veikkausliiga 29 May: HJK vs SJK

HJK vs SJK 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.32 – 4.50 – 8.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

At the start of the season, this would have been one of the main matches between the title favorite and title challenger but right now its just a match between the leaders and SJK who have already changed their head coach and find themselves on 10th position with 8 points from 9 games. They have played 2 games less than HJK but are already 17 points behind.

HJK might lead the league but they have not been playing that well. In their last home game, they were 0-2 behind to FC Honka before winning eventually 3-2. This win was helped that Honka had to play with 10-men from the 17th minute and with 9 men from the 74th minute onward. Their defense is not as good and their offense cannot break down defenses the way they did as it was last season. Still their basic play is enough to grind out results and be the best in the league. They are turning out to be a 2nd half team. In the first halves this season they have scored only 4 goals and conceded 6. In the 2nd halves, they have scored 14 and conceded only 3.

SJK already changed their head coach but the new head coach Aleksei Eremenko Sr. inherited the same problems what the last coach had. Mainly injury problems. The team has been missing several players most of the season. They have missed several defensive players but their main problems have been in scoring goals. They have conceded 9 goals which is the same amount as HJK but they have scored only 7 goals which is the lowest amount of any team in the league. They desperately need their winger Billy Ions to come back from injury as he would be able to provide another element to their offense. Eremenko Sr is an attacking-minded head coach but probably for this match he will look for the defense. In his first match he earned a 1-1 home draw against IFK Mariehamn. The performance already looked better than in previous games.

Previous matches:

SJK 0-1 HJK (This season)

SJK 0-2 HJK (Last season)
SJK 0-1 HJK (Cup)
SJK 0-6 HJK (Last season)
HJK 6-0 SJK (Last season)

SJK has never beaten HJK at Telia 5G Arena.

HJK team news:

HJK will miss the injured Akseli Pelvas and Ville Jalasto. Faith Obilor is suspended. Enoch Banza and Roni Peiponen are both available.

SJK team news:

SJK will miss Billy Ions, Jarkko Hurme, Marc Vales, Obed Malolo. Richie Dorman, Dani Hatakka, Jordan Mustoe and Matti Klinga are doubts. Ville Tikkanen and Aristote Mboma are available again.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – O´Shaughnessy, Vesiaho, Patronen, Peiponen – Dahlström, Annan – Mosa, Valencic, Alho – Klauss
SJK: Öst – Sundman, Mero, Bååth, Lautamaja – Ayarna, Hetemaj – Sarajärvi, Tendeng, Laaksonen – Hambo

Prediction:

Half time X, HT/FT X/1