SJK vs RoPS Preview and Predictions

SJK vs RoPS 2018 Veikkausliiga 9 July 2018 by LeagueLane

Finnish Veikkausliiga
Date: Monday, 9th July 2018
Kick-Off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: OmaSp Stadion (Seinajoki).

SJK is a sinking ship and considerable improvement in their overall approach is needed to avoid a humiliation against the surprise title contenders RoPS Rovaniemi.

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The 2015 league champions are just 1 point above the relegation zone, yet a top half finish is still achievable with the gap with top three standing at 13 points with half of the season to play.

SJK defeated Lahti 1-0 last week to register their first league win since the beginning of June. They lost 3 and drew 1 of the previous 4.

The head-coach Aleksey Eremenko will be a concerned man seeing his team conceding 8 goals during the period.

Among the positives for SJK is the scoring form of Aristote Mboma, who scored in 4 of their last 6 games, including the winner against Lahti last week.

On the other hand, RoPS are second in the table and 7 points adrift of the runaway leaders HJK. The team string together 4 wins and 2 draws from their last 6 matches and will be a tricky custodian to negate for any side in the league at this moment.

Away from home, RoPS lost just once this season, while picking up 4 wins and 4 draws from the 8 games so far.

SJK vs RoPS Head-to-head

  • SJK have considerable success in the recent h2h meetings with RoPS.
  • The team from Seinajoki are unbeaten in the last 8 in all competitions with 7 wins and 1 draw.
  • This includes wins in each of the three Veikkausliiga fixtures of last season.
  • Monday’s clash will be the first league meeting in 2018 between the two sides.

SJK vs RoPS Prediction

This has to go down as a tight clash with RoPS performing exceptionally well this season and SJK are down to bare bones.

However, the win against Lahti last week gives SJK a morale boost. This is further strengthened with their strong h2h record against RoPS.

On the flip side, we see value in backing goals in this game. SJK defending is vulnerable anyway, but they scored 8 goals in their last 4 home games, while RoPS netted 9 goals in away games during the period.

SJK vs RoPS Bet Tips

Both teams to Score @ 2.05 odd.

Over 1.5 second half goals @ 2.60 odd.

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