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Veikkausliiga 4 August: HJK vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 4 August: HJK vs RoPS

HJK vs RoPS 17:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.32 – 4.50 – 8.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the big game of the round as the league leaders HJK host 2nd placed RoPS. Even though they are behind each other in the league, RoPS is 10 points behind HJK already. The teams know each other well as RoPS is coached by former HJK reserve teams coach Toni Koskela and several RoPS players have played at HJK in their youth. Because of this, both teams play a bit similar way trying to have the ball possession.

HJK suffered a bad 1-2 loss on Wednesday to BATE Borisov. This knocked them out from the Champions League, but they still continue to the Europa League 3rd qualifying round against NK Olimpijana Ljubljana who they will play next Thursday.  Prior to the BATE match, HJK had won their last 8 home games in all competition. They are still the best home team in the Veikkausliiga with 8 wins and 2 losses. In this match HJK might rotate their players again like they did last weekend in their win over FC Honka 1-2. Despite the rotation, HJK fringe players are still among the best in the league so the level won´t drop much.

RoPS suffered a bad 0-1 loss at home to FC Inter in the last round and they have not been as impressive as they were at the beginning of the season. They are still the best defensive team in the league though with only 14 goals conceded. RoPS is also one of the best visiting teams in the league as they have lost only twice all season (4-4-2). RoPS got some help to their striker problem this week as they signed former SJK forward Vahid Hambo. They needed someone as Ivanovski had left and Kokko is still injured for a while.

Previous matches:

Even though HJK has dominated the previous meetings between the teams over the years, RoPS has still won the last two matches in Helsinki. Both last season. This season, HJK got an away win in Rovaniemi.
RoPS 1-2 HJK (This season)

HJK team news:

RoPS team news:

RoPS will miss Lassi Lappalainen, Juho Hyvärinen and Aleksandr Kokko. Eetu Muinonen is a doubt and Vahid Hambo is available.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – Kouassivi-Benissan, Obilor, Vesiaho, Jalasto – Annan, Dominguez – Banza, Vertainen, Alho – Chrisantus
RoPS: Reguero – Taiwo, Hämäläinen, Väisänen, Järvenpää – Okkonen, Pyyny – Mores, Gorozia, Lingman – Roiha

Prediction:

Both teams to score.