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Veikkausliiga 12 October: KuPS vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 12 October: KuPS vs RoPS

KuPS vs RoPS 18:30 Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio
Odds 1.35 – 4.50 – 7.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is a derby game between two, traditional teams who know each other very well. KuPS is currently 2nd and looking good for at Top-3 finish. RoPS is currently 7th and does not have much to play for anymore as even a Top-6 place is 7 points away.

KuPS is in good form with 13 points from their last 5 games. The team has a lot of confidence after they have coming back against several teams to either draw or win. They have branded themselves a “Black-Yellow quarter” where the team has been able several times to score 2 or even more goals in the 2nd half to win. The spirit in the team is high and they are really going for a Euro Cup place this season after a long time. They have won their last 5 home games including a 3-0 win over their opponents RoPS just in August.

RoPS has had a good season all considering. They are having financial issues so they had to cut down on their budget which meant signing a lot of young players promising them playing time and it has worked. Unfortunately for them, it has worked a bit too well. The good performances have seen them lose their best midfielders Taylor (AIK) and Ylätupa (Ajax), one of their best defenders Addy and their best striker Eze (Sturm Graz). They have gotten good replacements but they even lost one of those as well as Charlie Trafford moved to Inverness. They have had injuries and the team has struggled to put a similar starting 11 to any match. Considering this, their performances have been good. They are a better home team than an away team with only two wins on the road. Those two wins though came against leaders HJK and 4th placed Ilves.

KuPS has won both matches this season; 0-1 in Rovaniemi and 3-0 in Kuopio.

Starting line ups:
KuPS: Virtanen – Nissinen, Coulibaly, Boxall, Rannankari – Saxman, Reuben – Niskanen, Pennanen, Nissilä – Purje
RoPS: Reguero -Hyvärinen, Hämäläinen, Väisänen, Nurmela – Will, Okkonen – Lappalainen, Muinonen, Järvenpää – Roiha

Prediction:

RoPS has problems scoring goals so the value here is with under goals. KuPS can win this match with a big margin but with both teams coming back after the international break, they should play a bit better defensively. Under 2.75 goals.