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Veikkausliiga 4 July: SJK vs FC Lahti

Veikkausliiga 4 July: SJK vs FC Lahti

SJK vs FC Lahti 18:30 OmaSp Arena, Seinäjoki
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SJK finally showed some signs of improvement with an away draw against KuPS in their last match. They are still though in relegation trouble on 10th position with only 13 points from 16 games. FC Lahti is currently flying high. They have lost only once all season and have beaten the league leader HJK and 4th placed KuPS in their last two games. They are currently 3rd but have played 1 and 2 games less than the Top-2.

Everything has been said about SJK already. They had big expectations but it has not gone right for them. Wrong type of head coach originally, wrong type of players and a hell of a lot of injuries. Slowly, slowly they are getting better but they are still in big threat of being relegated if the results do not improve soon. With this quality of players, they should be fighting for Top-5 positions but now they try to avoid relegation. Their injury problems are getting better now though and Aleksei Eremenko Sr has plenty of players to choose from now. In their last match against KuPS they managed to keep their defense solid and hit on the counter. FC Lahti plays a bit the same way so here that might not be possible. SJK is 2-1-5 at home this season.

FC Lahti has now played 12 games without a defeat (5W 7D). They are very solid defensively but they have been lacking in scoring goals. At least now in the last two matches, they have done enough to win the games and not just draw. Their playing style fits better for teams who attack more like KuPS and HJK. Against defensive teams, they struggle to score. SJK therefore could be a difficult opponent if they play like the same way they did against KuPS. FC Lahti is 2-5-1 on their away games this season. They will have one big loss as their main goalkeeper Aleksandr Vasyutin´s loan deal ended and he is no longer with the club. Shishkovski is also a good goalkeeper but will he play at the same level now that he has no threat for the starting line-up position.

Previous matches:

Lahti 1-0 SJK (This season)

SJK team news:

SJK will get back Anders Bååth from suspension. They will still miss Dani Hatakka, Marc Vales and Obed Malolo. Richie Dorman is a doubt. Ville Tikkanen is on international duty.

Lahti team news:

FC Lahti sold Igor Jovanovic to a Romanian team and is no longer with Lahti. They will miss Paavo Voutilainen and Teemu Jäntti due to international duty. Loorents Hertsi and Irfan Sadik ares suspended. Fareed Sadat and Timi Voutilainen are injured. Their new signings Ville Salmikivi and Tim Marttinen are waiting for the transfer window to open up.

Starting Line ups:

SJK: Aksalu – Sundman, Mero, Lautamaja, Hurme – Hetemaj, Bååth – Sarajärvi, Laaksonen, Ions – Mboma
Lahti: Shishkovski – Sesay, Hauhia, Viatkin, Taimi – Paananen, Osipov – Gela, Dmitrijev, Hostikka – Anier

Prediction:

SJK draw no bet and under 2.5 goals.