October 18, 2015

Veikkausliiga Asian Handicap Preview – Sunday 18th October

FF Jaro v FC Lahti – Too late for Jaro?

A 0-1 defeat at Inter Turku made Jaro’s situation completely hopeless. The reds from Pietarsaari are 3 points behind KTP and are finishing their season away at league leaders SJK. They really haven’t been playing as bad as the table shows, all they are lacking form a clearly better position is goals.

FC Lahti traveled to Helsinki to visit HIFK. Their previous meeting in Lahti ended in a humiliating 0-5 defeat, but this time Lahti left with a better spirit after rising from 3-1 to 3-3 in injury time. Nevertheless, a draw practically sealed Lahti’s dreams of a renewed medal.

No major injuries or suspensions in either squad, except long-time injured Jonas Emet and Johan Brunell for the home team.

Whatever happened to Lahti’s defensive stronghold, which started collapsing the further we got into the end of the season, it still can keep Jaro tamed. Lahti’s offensive strength isn’t easy to predict, nonetheless, it’s hard to see them cashing in with several goals.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 at 1.75


VPS v KTP – Can KTP get back to safety?

Despite a weak midfield and a difficult away soil VPS managed to steal all points in Tampere against Ilves. Now that all three of Vuorinen’s top strikers (Andre Clennon, Juho Mäkelä, and Steven Morrissey) are fit, VPS’ offense is one of the league’s hottest.

KTP enjoyed a longer international break, as they didn’t play midweek. Whether it affects their preparation or not is out of question, they are well aware of what’s at stake. Goalie signing from the latest transfer window, Craig Hill, has proven to be a valuable choice. Otherwise same old problems, mainly goal scoring, are causing headache for Ristilä.

Visitors’ Sasha Anttilainen is doubtful as usual. Teemu Honkaniemi is suspended, Mikko Viitikko and Denis Abdulahi are still injured for VPS.

With all their three top strikers VPS are in a very strong form. This is not the same team we saw earlier this season, and a home win to seal the deal with relegation should be no problem for VPS.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: VPS -0.25 at 1.69

HJK v IFK M – HJK back in business?

League leaders RoPS stumbled into a trap at IFK Mariehamn, losing the top spot to SJK and making the title race even tighter. HJK have an easier task as they get to host the islanders.

IFK are facing a new era after a long strived cup victory. Head coach Pekka Lyyski leaves the team after 13 years of service. Lyyski took the team from the third tier to Veikkausliiga, and earns huge respect in Aaland. It will be interesting to see how IFK’s reputation will be affected after a new coach is named.

That said, HJK are still going for gold, running only two points after top team SJK. IFK gained their spot in Europa League qualifications by winning the national cup. However, this did not stop them from winning home against RoPS.

No suspensions or injuries in IFK’s squad. Matti Klinga and Veli Lampi only left on HJK’s injury list. Roni Peiponen is suspended.

As I pointed earlier, HJK’s home turf gives a huge advantage. While having problems away at IFK on grass, the artificial turf is one of the reigning champs’ biggest weapons.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: HJK -0.5 @ 1.51

Prices correct at time of writing.

By Petteri Räisänen – @konformisten from @FootballUtd

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