UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 14 August: IFK Mariehamn vs KuPS - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 14 August: IFK Mariehamn vs KuPS

Veikkausliiga 14 August: IFK Mariehamn vs KuPS

IFK Mariehamn vs KuPS 18:30 Wiklöf Holding Arena, Mariehamn
Odds 2.77 – 3.15 – 2.40 – Bet NOW at RedKings

Reigning Champions IFK Mariehamn are in a bit of a crisis at the moment. They are currently 8th with 27 points and they have not won in a while. KuPS on the other hand is 3rd in the league with 33 points and looking strong considering the Euro Cup positions.

IFK Mariehamn last won at the end of June when they beat FC Inter 5-0 at home. Since then they have gone 6 matches without a win in the Veikkausliiga (4D 2L) and lost heavily to Legia Warsaw in the UCL qualifiers. Mariehamn has been known to have a good defense but not this season. They have conceded already 32 goals this season. When you compare it to last season when they conceded 25 goals in total. They do score a bit more than last season but not enough to help the team get some wins. They are still a good home team as they have lost only once at home all season (5W 5D 1L).

KuPS comes into this match with a high. They have beaten RoPS and JJK in their last matches without conceding a goal and have climbed to 3rd position. They have had all players injury-free and not too many suspensions to worry about so the confidence in the club is high. They have been a good away team this season with a 4-3-3 record. However most of those wins came back in May. In their last 5 away matches they have been 1-2-2 with their only away win coming against poor HIFK. Against similar opposition like Mariehamn, they lost 1-0 to both Ilves and SJK.

The teams have met once this season with Mariehamn winning 1-2 in Kuopio. Last season KuPS won all 3 games including a 0-3 win in Mariehamn.

Starting line ups:
MIFK: Vaikla – Sparrdal Mantilla, Kojola, Friberg Da Cruz, Granlund – Span, Ekhalie, Petrovic, Sellin – Kangaskolkka, Sid
KuPS: Virtanen – Nissinen, Coulibaly, Boxall, Sorsa – Saxman, Gabriel – Nissilä, Pennanen, Savolainen – Purje

Prediction:

Initial pick is a low scoring game with IFK Mariehamn closer to winning.