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Ykkönen 28 April: FC Haka vs HIFK

Ykkönen 28 April: FC Haka vs HIFK

FC Haka vs HIFK 17:00 Tehtaan kenttä, Valkeakoski
Odds 2.63 – 3.20 – 2.40 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is the opening game in the Ykkönen this season for both games. FC Haka is one of the youngest teams in the league but the traditional team should still be fighting for a top half finish.  (Read our: Ykkönen Season preview). HIFK got relegated from the Veikkausliiga last season and many doubted how they will do this season but under new head coach they have gotten a really good squad and they are one of the favourites to go up again.

Last season FC Haka trusted a lot on their home form and this should apply again this season. The artificial turf gives them an advantage but HIFK also plays on a similar field. Haka lost some key players last season but they have gotten some good replacements. They played really well in the Finnish Cup making all the way to the quarter-finals where they lost to EIF 2-1 in the end.

One of the best strengths for HIFK is that they have a core of loyal players who have stayed with them through the different levels that they have played. It has been easy to build a team around those players and it seems that they have a good balance now. In the Finnish Cup they beat KTP and PEPO and drew with Gnistan. Against Veikkausliiga teams Honka and HJK they lost to both but only by 1 goal. They have a good team but the level of their head coach is still undecided.

Previous matches:

Haka team news:

They have all 22 players available. Their new signing Paunovic is still waiting for playing permit and wont play this game.

HIFK team news:

They have all players available in this match.

Starting Line ups:

Haka: Marttinen – Kyöstilä, Rantanen, Starck, Malundama – Abidor, Popovitch, Fagerström – Ben, Chidi, Nganbe Nganbe
HIFK: Maanoja – Jurvainen, Bäckman, Lahdenmäki, Andberg, Hänninen – Terävä, Jyry, Halme – Kurki, Sihvola

Prediction:

Main pick both teams to score. This is a difficult match that can go either way.