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Veikkausliiga 8 September: VPS vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 8 September: VPS vs HJK

VPS vs HJK 18:30 Elisa Stadion, Vaasa
Odds 5.00 – 3.40 – 1.64– Bet NOW at RedKings

With their bad form, VPS has already dropped t 6th position in the league and are 5 points from a Top-3 position. HJK leads the league with 11 points difference and are cruising for the title.

After the great start to the season and a great European campaign (3 wins out of 4), VPS has slumped to bad form and are now 7 matches without a win in the league (4D 3L). They dominate their matches in ball possession but they fail to make it count in goals. When your defense is also unable to keep clean sheets (0 CS in their last 5 games), it is difficult to win when you do not score. After the Euro Cup games, the teams was quite tired as they were unable to rotate players that much. Because of this the international break came at a good time and the team has been able to rest. They have some players who are doubts as the flu has gone through the team but they will miss for sure only 2 players, Aatu Laatikainen and Timi Lahti.

HJK has been in good form despite their injury problems. In their last 5 games, they have suffered only 1 surprising loss to RoPS which is their only home loss this season so far. In their alst two games they beat JJK 0-4 and KuPS 1-0 so they continued their good defensive record. They have conceded only 10 goals in their 24 games and VPS is the only team in the Veikkausliiga to be able to score 2 goals against them in a single game. HJK has lost only once this season on the road (here in Vaasa 2-1) and they are 5-4-0 in their last 9 away games. HJK will get back two big players as Atomu Tanaka and Rasmus Schuller are both available. Filip Valencic is suspended so he did not even travel.

HJK beat VPS 5-0 in the opening round of the season in Helsinki but VPS then beat them 2-1 at home despite HJK dominating the match. Last season HJK won the first match at home 3-1 but VPS then beat them 3-0 in Vaasa. The 3rd match ended 0-0 at the Elisa Stadion.

Starting line ups:
VPS: Meerits – Jurgenson, Koskimaa, Viitikko, Engström – Sohna, Voutilainen, Strandvall, Hakola – Vahtera, Morrissey
HJK: Dähne – Pirinen, Vesiaho, Obilor, Rafinha – Dahlström, Annan – Mensah, Onovo, Savage – Pelvas

Prediction:

A rested VPS is a very difficult opponent for HJK. VPS +0.75AH is our main pick.