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Veikkausliiga 9 August: HIFK vs VPS

Veikkausliiga 9 August: HIFK vs VPS

HIFK vs VPS 18:30 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 3.30 – 3.05 – 2.16 – Bet NOW at RedKings

HIFK who have won only 1 match of their last 15 games is currently 11th and holding on for the relegation playout position. They are 8 points from safety and have a 5 point advantage on JJK for the direct relegation spot. VPS is still 2nd and have not lost in 11 games but they have played 4 draws in their last 5 games which has allowed other teams to catch up.

HIFK has been struggling recently. Their two top defenders are both injured and they had to call in their former captain Tuomas Aho from retirement to help them. Offensively also they struggle to score goals as they just cannot create enough chances. Their home form is really bad as they have only won once and drawn 3 of their 10 home matches. In those 10 games, they have been able to score only 4 times while conceding 14. HIFK will be without Tommi Vesala, Kristian Heinolainen and Pauli Kuusijärvi who is out for the season. Jäni Bäckman is still suspended.

VPS has had a great season so far with success in the Europa League qualifiers and holding the 2nd place in the league. Despite this, they have had some defensive injuries that almost cost them the loss in their last game against PS Kemi. PS Kemi put pressure on the VPS central defenders and a couple of errors allowed Kemi to lead 0-2 after just 12 minutes. In the end they managed to get back to 3-3 but it showed that despite the great playing system, they can still be vulnerable when put on pressure. VPS is the best away team in the league with 5 wins, 4 draws and only 1 loss. They come to this match though having played a game only 3 days ago. HIFK played 5 days ago so they have a slight advantage there. VPS should get back some players from injury to this game.

The first match in Vaasa this season ended 1-1. Last season VPS won all three games including twice at this arena 0-1.

Starting line ups:
HIFK: Eriksson – Jurvainen, A Lody, Aho, Anyamele – Terävä, Gela, Väyrynen, Halme – Forssell, Sihvola
VPS: Meerits – Jurgenson, Lahti, Engström, Viitikko – Sohna, Lähde, Voutilainen, Hakola – Vahtera, Morrissey

Prediction:

Both teams to score. VPS has been vulnerable lately in defense and with less rest, it should not improve that much. HIFK will want to improve and they do know how to score against VPS.