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Veikkausliiga 8 April: HJK vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 8 April: HJK vs Ilves

HJK vs Ilves 17:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
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This is the opening game for the team to the 2018 Veikkausliiga season. HJK is the defending champion and the biggest favourite again for this season. Ilves finished 3rd last season but they look to be a bit weaker this season.

HJK team news:

HJK seems to back in a form the justifies them to be a huge title favourite. They lacked offensive power early in the Finnish Cup but after acquiring Klauss from Hoffenheim and Egyptian international Amr Gamal, they have found the form. They will miss Tanaka from last season but Finnish international Riku Riski seems to be an adequate replacement for the league at least. They beat Honka on Tuesday to get into the Finnish Cup final so they are ready for the new season.

Ilves team news:

Ilves has been improving year after year under Jarkko Wiss but this year that might not work. They lost some key players like Tuco, Tendeng and Ayarna after last season and those guys are hard to be replaced. Each year Ilves relies on their defense and they beat teams with 1 goal. At some point that luck might run out. In the Cup they played well and only lost to FC Inter. They should be fighting in the top half this season but another podium finish might be too much to ask.

Starting Line ups:

HJK:
Ilves:

Prediction:

HJK to win by at least 2 goals.