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Ykkönen 9 June: HIFK vs FC KTP

Ykkönen 9 June: HIFK vs FC KTP

HIFK vs FC KTP 17:00 Telia 5G Arena, Helsinki
Odds 1.53 – 3.70 – 5.00– Bet NOW at RedKings

One of the main promotion contenders and current league leaders HIFK will host newly promoted FC KTP at the Telia 5G Arena. HIFK has 13 points from 6 games so far and they look good regarding promotion. FC KTP are currently 7th with 8 points but in a tight Ykkönen, they are only 3 points from the 2nd position.

HIFK got relegated from the Veikkausliiga last season and they lost several experienced players like Forssell, Väyrynen and Mäkelä from the line-up. Also their head coach Muurinen left. For this season they have still managed to keep the core group of players who have played with the team from years and also add some good, young, talent into the team. They have two good goalkeepers (for this level), a solid defensive line, experienced and creative midfield and a great goalscorer in Pekka Sihvola. They have all the elements to win back promotion this season and they have looked good so far. They have won both of their home games so far. Their only loss of points have come away from home. They lost in Oulu to AC 3-1 and then they drew 0-0 with EIF. The Telia 5G Arena is a big advantage to them and they should be able to use it well this season.

FC KTP has had a decent start to their season considering that they had several players injured for many of the games. They may have gotten promotion only thanks to OPS not getting their license but still they have recruited very well. They also have a good balanced team and good players for this level. As is Telia 5G important for HIFK, so is Arto Tolsa Areena for KTP. Most of their points will come from home. Away from home, they are still looking for form. Their only away win so far has come against AC Kajaani. In their other two away games, they lost to EIF and AC Oulu. KTP is a good team for this league and they are capable of beating any team in this league on a good day.

Previous matches:

HIFK 3-1 KTP (Finnish Cup 2018)
HIFK 3-0 KTP (Finnish Cup 2017)

HIFK team news:

Pekka Sihvola, Jarkko Lahdenmäki and Daniel Rantanen all return to the line-up.

KTP team news:

For this match they should be able to get their best line-up or at least close to it.

Starting Line ups:

HIFK: Maanoja – Hänninen, Lahdenmäki, Kuusijärvi, Andberg – Saira, Jyry, Nando, Rantanen – Ulmanen, Sihvola
KTP: Koski – Coubronne, Mahlamäki, Pasi, Dolivo – James, De mello, Tarvonen – Pahkasalo, Lehtonen, Silva

Prediction:

HIFK to win and to score over 1.5 goals.