Veikkausliiga Round 9 preview

After the depressing break in Veikkausliiga games caused by the European Championships, it is now time to get back to business.

TPS beat Haka 2-0 yesterday. I only saw the first 20 minutes of the game and had to miss the remaining 70 minutes due to football-related duties elsewhere, but I heard the game was not very good. TPS seem to be getting better though, reports have surfaced that last night’s game was an improvement. That is not much, given TPS’ recent form and awful performances, but the win was extremely important. Haka sure could have used the three points too, but their inability to convert chances proved fatal. Be sure to check out the goals, including Armand One’s wonderful strike, and bunch of other highlights as well as the post-match press conference at the amazing TPS TV.

I can’t see MyPa getting anything else but three points against lowly KooTeePee tonight. KooTeePee are probably doing their best, but Veikkausliiga simply seems to be the wrong league for the Kotka side.

FF Jaro will host HJK. The guests are favorites, given Jaro’s recent form and the attacking power HJK have in Tomasz Sajdak and Juho Mäkelä.

A clash between RoPS and FC Lahti in Rovaniemi will be a meeting of two teams who have enjoyed a surprisingly good run in Veikkausliiga. Lahti are second in the league table and favorites in that sense, but Rovaniemi is a tough place to visit – ask TPS or Tampere United. Lahti are dangerous up front, having probably the best strikers in the league in Rafael and Berat Sadik. However, I still feel like this might just be a draw. A win for either side would not be a huge surprise though.

KuPS will pay a visit to Tampere United in what, remarkably, is a relegation battle. Only one point separates the two teams in TamU’s favour.
TamU have no excuses anymore. They are 13 points away from the top position and the first two spots are, if not beyond their reach, at least a considerable distance away. KuPS, on the other hand, are playing pretty much according to expectations. Of course, they would not mind a win either, so it is not going to be an easy night for Tampere United. 

Inter are topping the league, with two points and a game in hand to go in their favour as opposed to FC Lahti. However, their defeat in the cup game against HJK proved that they might not be immortal after all. According to the reports, the performance was nowhere near the standard they have reached in Veikkausliiga.
Maarianhamina is a tough place to visit and with the players at their disposal, IFK Mariehamn can cause problems. A difficult game to predict, and most likely a difficult game for both teams.

The league table predicts an even match between FC Honka and VPS, too.
Honka are not missing too many first team players. Nicholas Otaru, Hermanni Vuorinen, John Weckström and the likes are on the teamsheet, and tonight’s match might just be a farewell night for the Sweden-bound Hannu Patronen, too. VPS are going to field a good team as well.
Honka’s home form is nothing short of deadly, but VPS have excelled at defending, conceding only three times in eight games. On the other hand, they have only scored four times and that has to change.


One Response

  1. Hi great preview as always 😉

    Is that true that Jens Portin, Jussi Aalto, Fredrik Svanbäcks are all out due to injuries?

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