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Veikkausliiga 30 July: VPS vs FC Lahti

Veikkausliiga 30 July: VPS vs FC Lahti

VPS vs FC Lahti 18:30 Elisa Stadion, Vaasa
Odds 2.40 – 2.90 – 2.90 – Bet NOW at RedKings

The U19 European Championships are now over and the hottest team in the Veikkausliiga can return to their home stadium. VPS has won their last four matches and three of those were played away from home. These wins have moved VPS to fourth position just ahead of FC Lahti. The teams are separated by only one point and Lahti has played one game less. The teams have met once this season in Lahti where the points were shared 1-1.

VPS started their season poorly as the team had changed a lot from last season. The new defense was leaking and they had several injuries. As the season has progressed, the defense has gottend better and they have started to get players back from injury. They have now been able to play with their best 11 more often and their results have improved. Their main striker Douglas Cae played 13 games without a goals but has since hit the target five times in their last seven matches. VPS is the in-form team in the Veikkausliiga currently as they have earned 15 points from their last six games. At home they have a 4-3-3 record. Their last two home games have ended in a win against IFK Mariehamn and TPS.

FC Lahti played badly in the Europa League as Icelandic team FH knocked them out 3-0 on aggregate. The team´s season was going off the rails as they had lost also twice in the Veikkausliiga but in the last round they earned a valuable 2-0 win over IFK Mariehamn thanks to two late goals. This however does not take away the fact that they have had problems with their defense lately. The defense was their strongest weapon at the start of the season but it stopped working and Lahti started to concede and lose games. Their attack at the moment is not good enough to cover them if they concede too many. FC Lahti has been playing very underish games away from home this season. In their nine away games, there has been only 13 goals in total so just over 1 goal per game in average. Because of this, they have played several draws.

Previous matches:

Lahti 1-1 VPS (This season)

VPS team news:

VPS is without Aatu Kujanpää, Elhadji Ciss and Berkant Guner.

Lahti team news:

Lahti will be without injured Timi Voutilainen. Artjom Dmitrijev is suspended. They will get back Teemu Jäntti.

Starting Line ups:

VPS: Volotinen – Engström, Lahti, Auvinen, David, Jama – Voutilainen, Lähde, Hakola – Vahtera, Douglas
Lahti: Forsman – Sesay, Hauhia, Viatkin, Taimi – Paananen, Osipov – Hertsi, Gela, Hostikka – Stenio

Prediction:

Tight game, under 2.5 goals and a draw.