Only one match tonight on the Finnish “Vappu – 1st of May” – IFK Mariehamn vs KuPS
IFK Mariehamn vs KuPS 18:30 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Bethard odds: 2.45 – 3.25 – 2.85
The surprise team so far this season has been IFK Mariehamn who can go top of the league if they beat KuPS on Wednesday night. KuPS on the other hand was expected to fight for Euro cup places this season, but they only got their first win in the last round on their 5th match.
Last season KuPS beat IFK Mariehamn in all three games. The two matches on the island finished 1-4 and 1-2.
IFK Mariehamn team news
Even though the season is just starting it is safe to say that IFK Mariehamn is definitely better than last season. They got some good players in and after their late loss to HJK in the opening round (they led 0-1 up to 89th minute but lost 2-1) they have won their last three games against Honka (1-3), RoPS (2-0) and KPV (0-4). Their direct playing style has suited well on natural grass pitches and that could be a factor today as well.
One of their strengths is that they have many players who are able to score. Out of the 10 goals in 4 games that they have scored, they have 7 different goalscorers. Especially in set pieces they have been strong with central defender Ketting scoring 3 goals.
KuPS team news
KuPS got their first win of the season in the last round as they beat heavily injured RoPS 0-1 in Rovaniemi. Before this they had drawn with RoPS (2-2), FC Lahti (3-3) and HJK (0-0) and lost to Honka (0-3). KuPS was one of the few teams which did not change much from last season so they were expected to start the season well. Things have not gone to plan and the defense has had some errors which have cost them points. At the same time the offensive play has been lacking a bit and most of their goals have come from good individual efforts.
The natural grass will give a benefit for the home team. KuPS might find it difficult to match the smaller pitch and the direct physical play that IFK has. Main pick thus is home win Bethard having 2.45 odds for this. For higher odds, you could try Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.