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Veikkausliiga 12 June: KuPS vs Ilves

Veikkausliiga 12 June: KuPS vs Ilves

KuPS vs Ilves 18:30 Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio
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This is a match between last season´s number two and number three. It is also a match with the most weird Head-to-Head history. Ever since Ilves came back to the Veikkausliiga in  2015, the teams have played 10 matches against each other in the league and Ilves has won every single one of them with 1 goal exactly. Six times by 1-0 and 4 times by 2-1. Even the one Finnish Cup match last season ended 2-1 to Ilves.

KuPS is currently 2nd with 21 points from 13 games. Ilves is 5th with 18 points but they have played 1 game less. KuPS has been one of the most entertaining teams in the league but despite playing well, they have some inconsistent results. They come to this match after failing to win in their last two games against both of the bottom teams in the league. They lost at home to PS Kemi 2-3 and drew 0-0 with TPS. At home especially, KuPS has had problems. They are 2-2-2 from their home games this season. The main problem for KuPS is that they concede too many goals. They have conceded already 15 goals which is the 4th worst record in the league. The 0-0 result with TPS in the last round was only their second clean sheet this season. Offensively they have been good. They have scored 23 goals which is the second best record just behind HJK. Finnish striker Rasmus Karjalainen has been in good form, scoring 10 goals already and that earned him a call up to the Finnish national team, together with defender Henri Toivomäki. This should give a boost to both players.

Ilves had a slow start to the league but slowly they have improved on their defense and their results have gotten better. Surprisingly that defense was nowhere to be seen in their last match where they lost to Honka 4-1. Before that, they had kept three clean sheets in a row. They are a very defensive minded team, especially as they have problems scoring, but occationally they might lose their concentration like in this match. Their best results come from home. On the road they are 2-1-4 so far this season.

Previous matches:

Ilves 2-1 KuPS (This season, but played in Helsinki)

Ilves 1-0 KuPS (Last season)
Ilves 1-0 KuPS (Last season)
KuPS 0-1 Ilves (Last season)

KuPS team news:

KuPS will miss Hamed Coulibaly from this match due to suspension.

Ilves team news:

Ilves will be without long term injured Ilari Mettälä and Baba Mensah. Also Tuure Siira is suspended. Lauri Ala-Myllymäki, Iiro Järvinen, Roope Huhtala, Tariq Kazi, Niklas Jokelainen and Jusif Ali were all with their international teams during last week and did not come back to the club until Monday so they might be rested.

Starting Line ups:

KuPS: Virtanen – Savolainen, Rexhepi, Toivomäki, Murillo – Gabriel, Saxman – Nissilä, Pennanen, Niskanen – Karjalainen
Ilves: Hilander – Rannankari, Tomas, Tanska, Ojala – Ala-Myllymäki, Järvinen – Haarala, Moundi, Tamminen – Noubissi

Prediction:

Both teams to score