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Veikkausliiga 4 July: HJK vs PS Kemi

Veikkausliiga 4 July: HJK vs PS Kemi

HJK vs PS Kemi 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.09 – 8.00 – 19.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

League leaders will want to bounce back immediately after their loss to FC Lahti in the last round and they will not get a better chance. Bottom club PS Kemi just fired their head coach Jari Åhman after their 0-1 loss to VPS. They made their sports director David Hannah as their new head coach but he will have to do without assistant coaches as they resigned also in solitarity to Åhman who was very popular among players and fans. This could be a really tough match to the bottom club.

HJK lost 2-1 to FC Lahti in their last match and that was already their second loss to Lahti this season. They still hold a seven point lead but the teams behind them have played less games. There is something not right in HJK at the moment. Their best player last season, Filip Valencic has been a shadow from that player last year and he seems unmotivated. He started last game, but when the team was searching for an equalizer and he was substituted, he was in no hurry to get off the pitch. The fans noticed that and they were not happy with him. They still have the best quality of players in Finland but team spirit might have cracks. HJK is 6-0-2 at home this season. They have won their last five home games.

PS Kemi is in a bit of a crisis. They lost their head coach and they are severely lacking in players. Kosta Manev was sold to Vardar Skopje and in their last match, they only had 3 substitute players and one of them was the 2nd goalkeeper. Despite the lack of players, the matches they have played recently have been very close. Out of their last 5 games, they have won once and lost four times but every time with a goal. They are playing much better at least defensively than in the start of the season so it will be interesting to see if David Hannah can do any better than what Jari Åhman was doing.

Previous matches:

Kemi 1-2 HJK(This season)

HJK team news:

Hannu Patronen has done his suspension and are available again. Akseli Pelvas and Villa Jalasto are still out. Eetu Vertainen and Valtteri Vesiaho are on international duty.

Kemi team news:

Justus Lehto and Victor Shevchenko should be available but Julian Guevara is still out and Kosta Manev is no longer with the team.

Starting Line ups:

HJK: Rudakov – Peiponen, Obilor, Patronen, Pirinen – Dahlström, Mosa – Alho, Riski, Mensah – Klauss
Kemi: Forsman – Mombilo, Kaljumäe, Heinolainen, Esposito – Tano, Guevara, Vanha, Isaksson – Moilanen, Lehto

Prediction:

HJK -2.5AH