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VPS Vaasa journey to Bolt Arena on Saturday for the Veikkausliiga tie with home side Helsinki IFK.
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Helsinki IFK will be hoping to bounce back here following a 1-2 Veikkausliiga loss in their previous game against FC Honka.
The only name on the scoresheet from Helsinki IFK was Aatu Kujanpää (51'). Aldayr Hernández (66') and Agon Sadiku (85') scored for FC Honka.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Helsinki IFK have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Helsinki IFK have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 10 goals during that time.
Their past results show that Helsinki IFK:
- haven't been beaten by VPS Vaasa when playing them at home in the last 2 matches in the league.
- are without a win at home for the past 8 matches in the league. Such a poor run.
VPS Vaasa will go into this match following a 1-3 Veikkausliiga win over IFK Mariehamn in their previous fixture.
In that game, VPS Vaasa had 46% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target. For VPS Vaasa, the goals were scored by Kalle Multanen (33', 38') and Samba Sillah (64'). On the other side, IFK Mariehamn had 20 shots at goal with 5 on target. Joakim Latonen (78') scored for IFK Mariehamn.
The numbers tell their own story, and VPS Vaasa have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 10 goals overall. Defensively, VPS Vaasa have seen their frailties exposed. We will just have to find out if that trend can be continued on into this next match.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 31/05/2017 shows that Helsinki IFK have won 4 of these games & VPS Vaasa 1, with the number of draws standing at 1.
A combined sum of 21 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 12 of them from Tähtirinnat and 9 for Vepsi. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The previous league meeting featuring these clubs was Veikkausliiga match day 4 on 06/10/2019 and the score finished VPS Vaasa 2-3 Helsinki IFK.
The referee was Antti Munukka.
Team News: Helsinki IFK
The Helsinki IFK manager Mixu Paatelainen will be thankful to have no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash thanks to a completely healthy group available for selection.
Team News: VPS Vaasa
Thanks to a fully healthy group available to choose from, the VPS Vaasa manager Jussi Nuorela has zero fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this match.
Here is a game where Helsinki IFK could find themselves up against it to breach the defence of this VPS Vaasa lineup who we think should score at least once to gain the upper hand.
We’re therefore seeing a good tussle with a 0-1 advantage for VPS Vaasa at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Bolt Arena (10,770)
Captain: Beto Pimparel
Chairman: Heikki Pajunen
Manager: Mixu Paatelainen
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 12
⭐ Key Player: Eero Markkanen
Typically playing in the Striker position, Eero Markkanen was born in Jyväskylä, Finland. After having played his first senior match for JJK Jyväskylä in the 2012 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 2 league goals in the Veikkausliiga 2022 campaign so far in 9 appearances.