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Veikkausliiga 13 May: RoPS vs KuPS

Veikkausliiga 13 May: RoPS vs KuPS

RoPS vs KuPS 18:30 Keskuskenttä, Rovaniemi
Odds 3.20 – 3.15 – 2.16 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is already the second match between the teams this season as league leaders RoPS got a 0-1 last minute away win against KuPS in April. Back then, RoPS was flying high and KuPS were not. Now the situation is reversed. Even though RoPS still leads the league, they have not won in their last 3 games. KuPS on the other hand failed to win in their first 3 games but have since gone 4-1-0 in their last 5 games. A win here for the visitiors would move them top of the league.

RoPS started the season surprisingly well. No one thought they would be leading the league at this point. However the league lead is justified. RoPS has been playing really well all season and only the match congestion has given them problem. They do not have much depth in their team so the performances were bound to go down at some point. Now they have had 6 days of rest so the energy levels are back up again. Their biggest problem along with tiredness has been their striker problem. Ivanovski has so far scored only 1 goal in 6 games and he does not seem to play well in their system. Same goes for “super-sub” Simo Roiha who can have amazing games and then terrible games. He is very inconsistent up front and also he has scored only 1 goal. They have a great midfield and defense but if they really wish to fight for European cup football, they will need a better striker.

KuPS is flying high at the moment. Ever since their win over HJK in Helsinki, they have been playing great and with full confidence. We have many times complained that they are missing a proper striker but we have to admit that Rasmus Karjalainen seems to be the real deal. He has now scored 6 goals and leads the top goal scorer standings. It does not even matter to KuPS that their number one goal keeper Virtanen has been out due to injury and that KuPS has conceded at least 1 goal in each of their games so far. Their offense now looks so strong that they are scoring goals almost at will. But before we hand the title to them, we must see that the wins that they got after HJK were against problematic teams. IFK Mariehamn, SJK and FC Inter have all been team in the down form when they played them. RoPS will provide a much more better opponent at least defensively.

Previous matches (this season):

KuPS 0-1 RoPS
KuPS 2-0 RoPS Cup

RoPS team news:

No new missing players.

KuPS team news:

They will miss Murillo and el Said from this match.

Starting Line ups:

RoPS: Reguero – Hyvärinen, Väisänen, Hämäläinen, Taiwo – Wato, Muinonen – Lingman, Moraes, Lappalainen – Roiha
KuPS: Töyräs – Pitkänen, Toivomäki, Rexhepi, Coulibaly – Saxman, Ruben – Niskanen, Pennanen, Nissilä – Karjalainen

Prediction:

Under 2.5 goals.