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Veikkausliiga 31 July: HJK vs HIFK

Veikkausliiga 31 July: HJK vs HIFK

HJK vs HIFK 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.22 – 5.00 – 11.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

The 2nd “Stadin Derby” in the league this season. HJK is leading the league with a 7 point difference and have a game in hand over VPS. HIFK is 11th in the league and facing a relegation play-out as they are already 7 points from safety.

HJK can now focus on winning the league as they got knocked out from the Europa League by Shkendija last week. They have had some problems ever since they sold their main striker Morelos to Glasgow Rangers and also because they have had some injury and suspension issues with their main playmakers Atomu Tanaka and Moshtagh Yaghoubi. From this game, Tanaka and Peiponen are still out due to injury and Rafinha is suspended. Because of their Euro Cup matches, HJK played 7 games within 25 days. Now they have managed to get a bit of rest which should have done good for them. They are by far the best defense in the league as they have conceded only 9 goals in their 18 matches. Because of this, they have only lost once all season. At home they are still undefeated with only 1 game where they have lost points (7W 1D).

HIFK comes into this derby match in poor form as they have not won in 4 games. In fact they have won only twice all season and they are losing ground on the teams above them. There has been even talk of changing the head coach but so far that has not happened. Their biggest problem is that they do not score enough goals as they have scored only 16 times in 18 games. Their defense has had some injury problems recently and even they have conceded 11 goals in their last 4 games. From this match they will miss central defender Pauli Kuusijärvi who will miss the whole season. Also full backs Vesala (injured) and Hänninen (suspended) are out.

The first match this season between the teams ended 0-0. Overall since HIFK got promoted to the Veikkausliiga, the teams have met 10 times with HJK winning 3, 6 matches have ended in a draw and HIFK winning once.

Starting line ups:
HJK: Uusitalo – Patronen, Halme, Jalasto, Pirinen – Annan, Yaghoubi – Savage, Valencic, Mensah – Pelvas
HIFK: Maanoja – Anyamele, A Lody, Bäckman, Jurvainen – Terävä, Väyrynen, Gela, Halme – Sihvola, Mäkelä


HJK has usually struggled in these match against HIFK but now they come into this match after a small break which should improve their game. HIFK is missing some defenders again so HJK has a good chance to score a couple of goals. HJK – 1.5AH is our pick.