RoPS vs SJK
Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019
Kick-Off 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Rovaniemen Keskuskentta (Rovaniemi).
RoPS bounced back from a series of lacklustre displays by taking advantage of an easier fixture in the previous round of Veikkausliiga on Monday. They saw off strugglers VPS 0-1 on the road to end a two-game losing streak. Can last term runners-up get their campaign up and running entirely on Saturday afternoon when they host top-half SJK in what should be a very interesting 10th round contest at Rovaniemen Keskuskentta?
Toni Koskela’s men were unusually easy to break down at the start of the new Veikkausliiga campaign. Their leaky defense shipped 11 goals in nine games which is fairly poor for Finnish standards, especially for the team which took second place last season. However, the hosts did manage to keep two clean sheets in last four games (two separate 1-0 wins over HIFK and VPS) and those are performances they will certainly be looking to build on ahead of this weekend’s tie with SJK.
RoPS vs SJK: Head-to-head
Teams met each other in the group phase of Suomen Cup in February when RoPS picked up a 3-2 victory on the home patch.
Overall, SJK lead the head to head tie by six wins coming into 23rd meeting with RoPS.
Only two of past five head to head games saw goals scored at both ends, though.
RoPS vs SJK: Prediction
The visitors got off to a flying start to the new season, but their form has hit somewhat of a stumbling block in the last couple of weeks. Kerho are winless in three consecutive league matches, a streak which dropped them down to 4th place in the ladder.
SJK did manage to hold defending champions HJK to a 2-2 draw on the road two weeks ago, but they then suddenly fell 1-2 at home to third-placed Honka. Aleksey Eremenko’s troops thus revealed defensive vulnerability shipping four goals in last two matches.
Looking at everything written above, draw looks to be the most likable of three outcomes and we will go for it at the odds of 2.80. Braver tipsters can chase the 1-1 correct score longshot at 5.50.
RoPS vs SJK: Bet Tips
Draw @ 2.80 (9/5)
Correct Score 1-1 @ 5.50 (9/2).