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Veikkausliiga 29 September: VPS vs HIFK

Veikkausliiga 29 September: VPS vs HIFK

VPS vs HIFK 18:30 Elisa Stadion, Vaasa
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There are only 5 rounds to go before the season ends. VPS is 7th with 35 points. HIFK is 11th with 22 points and fighting to keep JJK behind them.

VPS has been a team of two halves. After a good start to the season and excellent European campaing, they have failed to win a game. Their 11 game winless streak consists of 5 draws and 6 losses. The problem that everyone thought they would have at the start of the season has become evident. They are lacking a goalscorer.  It looked like Steven Morrissey would solve the problem as at the beginning of the season was in good form. That form ended and he has not scored since 23rd of July. Even their defense is leaking as they have conceded 10 goals in their last 5 matches. Their home form has not helped as they have won only 3 games at the Elisa Stadion all season. They will miss Timi Lahti and Jesper Engström from this match. Some others are doubts.

This is an important game for HIFK. They need to keep JJK behind them or face direct relegation. PS Kemi is 9 points ahead so this 11th position seems to be the best they can do. HIFK also has not won in 5 matches so maybe one of those streaks comes to an end today. They are one of the worst away teams in the league with only one win and 8 points from 14 matches. They are the only team in the league with a less than 1 goal per game scored average (27 goals in 28 games).

HIFK has been a tough opponent for VPS this season. They drew their game earlier in Vaasa and in Helsinki HIFK won 2-1.

Starting line ups:
VPS: Meerits – Lampi, Koskimaa, Viitikko – Jurgenson, Laatikainen, Voutilainen, Lähde, Strandvall – Böling, Morrissey
HIFK: Eriksson – Jurvainen, A Lody, Aho,, Terävä – Ristola, Väyrynen, Halme, Lassas – Sihvola, Mäkelä

Prediction:

VPS is the better team but the X2 has some value. HIFK definitely has the motivation.