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Veikkausliiga 31 August: FC Lahti vs VPS

Veikkausliiga 31 August: FC Lahti vs VPS

FC Lahti vs VPS 18:30 Kisapuisto, Lahti
Odds 2.11 – 3.00 – 3.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is a match between two teams who were fighting for Euro Cup places but bad form has dropped them to 6th and 7th.  Lahti has dropped to 7th position with only 3 points from their last 5 games. They still have a game in hand over VPS who is just above them by 1 point. VPS also has gotten only 3 points from their last 5 games and they are now 5 points behind a Euro Cup place. Both teams need thus a win here.

FC Lahti has played tight games, but their defense is making mistakes that their offense cannot cover. They lost to Honka and RoPS in their last two matches and in both they deserved to lose. They just cannot create chances anymore. Even the one goal against RoPS came from 30 meters.  At the same time the opponent is able to create havoc in the Lahti defense. The losses of  goalkeeper Vasyutin and central defender Jovanovic have been huge. Forsman is a good goalkeeper but he is not as good in leading the defense with communication like Vasyutin was. Also their new signing Josimar Lima is making mistakes in each game so he is not as solid as Jovanovic. Even their good home form is a history. Their last five home games have been 1-2-2.

VPS is in exactly similar situation as Lahti as they are struggling to score. They do create more chances than Lahti, but the ball does not find itself into the net. Their defense also has leaked in goals recently so it is difficult to win games. They are still a good away team with a 5-4-3 record even though they have failed to win their last two away games. The loss to TPS was especially bad (4-1). In training this week, VPS has been trying to focus on having a unified team, playing more organised.

Previous matches:

Lahti 2-2 VPS (This season)
VPS 1-1 Lahti (This season)

Lahti team news:

Lahti will be without Timi Voutilainen and Kalle Taimi.

VPS team news:

Similar health situation as in previous games. They will miss suspended Laatikainen and Ojamaa.

Starting Line ups:

Lahti:
VPS:

Prediction:

VPS draw no bet.