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Ykkönen 28 April: EIF vs KTP

Ykkönen 28 April: EIF vs KTP

EIF vs KTP 17:00 Centralplan, Ekenäs
Odds 2.16 – 3.30 – 3.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the opening game in the Ykkönen this season for both games. EIF has been the surprise team of the pre-season after they made it into the Finnish Cup semi-finals until losing to FC Inter. We expect them to be mid-table again this season. (Read our: Ykkönen Season preview). FC KTP lost the Ykkönen play-offs match to AC Kajaani but after OPS were denied the license, KTP got their place. They seem to have more quality and depth than the time they played here last but still we predict them to finish in the bottom-half.

EIF will start the season under their new, young Spanish head coach Gabri Garcia Xarart. He has made their defense a lot more solid and they beat teams in the Cup by keeping a clean sheet. That did not work in the semi-final though as they lost 5-0 to Inter. Despite this, EIF seems to have a good group of players and they play good tactical football.

FC KTP beat in the Finnish Cup both of their home games against Kakkonen teams Gnistan and PEPO. They then lost all their away games against HJK, HIFK and Honka which were more or less expected. Their team has gotten a lot of new faces in but this should only be good. When they got relegated from the Veikkausliiga they then immediately got relegated from Ykkönen also do to the lack of depth especially in defense. Now they are more prepared and if they can get some points away from home, they can do even better than the bottom half that we predicted. Ykkönen is a very competitive league.

Previous matches:

EIF team news:

EIF will most likely miss Ekström, Lindqvist, Nyström and El Moutacim

KTP team news:

Tarvonen is a doubt.

Starting Line ups:

EIF: Jäntti – Limnell, Hocine, Ulrich, Sevon – Selander, Bushue,Sihvonen – Ollila, Tabe, De Bona 
KTP: Koski – Coubronne, Pasi, Watson, Manel -De Mello, James, Lindfors, Oksanen -Lehtonen, Silva

Prediction:

This should be a low scoring tight game. Under 2.5 goals.