FC Lahti v VPS – Hope is in the air
Toni Korkeakunnas once again made unexpected positive comments after their loss away at HJK. FC Lahti’s coach reminds me a lot of former Finnish NT coach Mixu Paatelainen, explaining how he saw a lot of positive factors despite a deserved loss.
Petri Vuorinen, on the other hand, was not happy with the 2-2-draw at home against KuPS, as his side had all the keys to a victory. VPS are still at the bottom of the table, but with less games played than their rivals.
Lahti are keeping up their hopes for a medal, but need lots of luck to succeed. The home side are missing Xhevdet Gela, but Jussi Länsitalo is back after his suspension.
VPS midfielder Denis Abdulahi’s injury is risking his season. Nikko Boxall from New Zealand was signed to replace him, but his playing license is not ready yet.
VPS are still looking for an away win this year, and the time seems to be right. Vuorinen’s side have improved their game remarkably compared to the beginning of the season. Lahti on the other hand still don’t impress.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: VPS +0.75 @ 1.99
Ilves v FF Jaro – Are Ilves too strong at home?
The newcomers from Tampere haven’t lost at home since early May and are in splendid form.
Good results and strong form at home has kept Ilves from the very bottom of the table, but goal scoring is troublesome except for striker Mika Lahtinen.
Jaro have a dangerous duo in Alexey Eremenko jr. and assist king Jose Manuel Rivera, but are still missing last year’s top scorer Jonas Emet.
The home team are missing Ugwunna and Koskinen, additionally Emenike and Koskinen are doubts.
Eremenko and Rivera are a formidable duo and Ilves defence will be tested. Ilves have been on a good run of form but their home streak will be risked in this one.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: FF Jaro +0.25 @ 1.95
HIFK v RoPS – Hosts to join relegation battle?
The visitors struggled severely without their star defender Faith Friday Obilor, losing both games he was suspended. His return against silver challengers SJK was significant, as SJK failed to score in Rovaniemi.
Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski made his comeback from a shoulder injury, league leading scorer Aleksandr Kokko and Obilor are returning after being suspended against SJK.
HIFK are missing suspended Nnaemeka Anyamele and Ville Taulo. O-P Jurvainen and Jukka Sinisalo are still doubts.
Though HIFK are still unbeaten at home, RoPS have an optimal squad in Helsinki, a tough piece for HIFK to chew on.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: RoPS 0 (Draw No Bet) @ 2.1
Prices correct at time of writing.
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