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Veikkausliiga 8 April: VPS vs SJK

Veikkausliiga 8 April: VPS vs SJK

VPS vs SJK 16:00 Elisa Stadion, Vaasa
Odds 3.00 – 2.90 – 2.39 – Bet NOW at RedKings

A big game for both teams. Not just because it is a “Pohjanmaa” Derby but also because VPS were humilated in their opening game against HJK which they lost 5-0. SJK also needs improving as they drew 1-1 at home to FC Lahti. The teams met already in the Finnish Cup with VPS winning 0-3 in Seinäjoki. That was the first game in charge for new SJK manager Sixten Boström and the playing system was very open back then. Now they should and need to improve.

VPS will have a lot to improve in this game. They were unable to play through the high pressing game that HJK did. SJK in this case will be a much better fit for them as they do not press that much and VPS will be able have their ball control game. Also at home VPS will always play better. They will need to improve their offense a lot and against SJK they have a chance.

SJK also need to improve. Their team was not ready yet against Lahti and not playing their full potential. Of course it did not help that they were missing two key players, defender Marc Vales and midfielder Mehmet Hetemaj. Both players are also doubt for this match. For sure SJK will be without long term injured Jarkko Hurme and Matej Hradecky.

Last season the teams met 4 times. VPS won once in the league but SJK won the other 2 games in the league and once in the Cup. Overall SJK has been dominating against VPS in Vaasa. That VPS win last season was the first and only they have gotten at home. SJK has won the 7 other matches.

Starting line ups:
VPS: Meerits – Jurgensson, Lahti, Koskimaa, Lampi – Engström, Laatikainen, Lähde, Hakola – Vahtera, Morrissey
SJK: Aksalu – Dorman, Hatakka, Bradanca, Tahvanainen – Hradecky, Laaksonen – Guichon, Klinga, Ions – Mboma

Prediction:

Difficult derby game but with these odds the value is definitely with the home side. Do not let the 5-0 loss fool you. HJK this season is from another planet and VPS will not be the only good team to suffer heavy losses in Helsinki. Both teams are weaker this season and if SJK is still missing both Hetemaj and Vales, then especially VPS has a shot. VPS Draw no bet