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Veikkausliiga 9 July: SJK vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 9 July: SJK vs RoPS

SJK vs RoPS 18:30 OmaSp Stadion, Seinäjoki
Odds 2.31 – 3.05 – 3.05 – Bet NOW at RedKings

SJK will try to continue their re-birth for this season against surprise team RoPS. SJK is still just one point ahead of the relegation zone on 9th position but they are coming into this match after two good results; an away draw against KuPS and a home win against FC Lahti. RoPS is currently 2nd with seven points behind leaders HJK with a game in hand. They are undefeated in their last six games (4W 2D).

SJK has managed to improve their defense in their last games. This is good news as their offense has not been working that well. SJK is coming into this match after a 1-0 home win against one of the top sides FC Lahti. SJK has been pretty good at home recently as from their last four home games they have gotten two wins, a draw and one loss with a goal difference of 8-4. Ever since Aleksei Eremenko Sr took over as head coach, SJK has been playing better controlled football. Most of the time it has been personal mistakes or luck that has cost them points. Now though they are slowly improving and getting close to mid-table. SJK has not met RoPS yet this season. Last season, SJK won all their games against RoPS.

RoPS has been in really good form recently and that has not been just at home. They are undefeated in their last five games away from home with two wins and three draws. These results have come when they have had some key players missing. They have had some luck with their results as well as in many games they have been under pressure but only the big saves from the top goalkeeper in Veikkausliiga, Reguero, has kept them in the match. They are strategically a very good team who like to have ball possession. They have a very solid defense, with a good goalkeeper who have conceded only 11 goals this season (Best record in the league). They have lacked a proven goalscorer but they signed their former striker Aleksandr Kokko who they believe will be the answer. Kokko is severely lacking match fitness but slowly, slowly he should improve.

Previous matches:

RoPS 0-3 SJK (Last season)
RoPS 1-2 SJK (Last season)
SJK 3-0 RoPS (Last season)
RoPS 0-2 SJK (Cup Last season)

SJK team news:

SJK will be without Dani Hatakka, Marc Vales, Obed Malolo and Ville Tikkanen.

RoPS team news:

Juho Hyvärinen and Lassi Lappalainen are out. Agnaldo and Muinonen are doubts.

Starting Line ups:

SJK: Aksalu – Sundman, Mero, Lautamaja, Hurme – Hetemaj, Laaksonen – Sarajärvi, Bååth, Ions – Mboma
RoPS: Reguero – Järvenpää, Väisänen, Hämäläinen, Taiwo – Okkonen, Wato kuate – Heikkilä, Roiha, Ivanovski, Lingman

Prediction:

Under 2.5 goals.