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Veikkausliiga 18 April: KuPS vs RoPS

Veikkausliiga 18 April: KuPS vs RoPS

KuPS vs RoPS 18:30 Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio
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This is a type of derby game between two traditional northern teams who both have Palloseura in their names. KuPS finished 2nd last season and are again this season contenders for the Top-3 but surprisingly it is the visitors who have started their season better. KuPS so far has only 1 point after a draw against FC Honka and a loss to Ilves. RoPS has won both of their games this season and are the only one who are yet to concede a goal in the league. The teams met already in the Finnish Cup where KuPS beat RoPS at this same stadium 2-0.  Last season KuPS won the first two games 0-1 and 3-0. The last match in Kuopio ended in a draw 1-1.

KuPS team news:

KuPS has had a good pre-season. They also made it to the quarter-finals in the Finnish Cup where they lost to HJK away from home. In the league they have played two close games where the result could have gone either way. Regardless of this, they are still one of the best teams in Finland and when they get their goal scoring right, they will start climbing up the tables. The biggest thing that has shown in their matches is that they have been missing their key central midfielder Ruben Gabriel who has been injured from their opening games. With him on the pitch, their defense and their offense is much stronger. He will still miss from this match.

RoPS team news:

When looking how RoPS played in the pre-season, no one expected them to have maximum points in the league after two rounds and with two clean sheets. RoPS has changed a lot as a team with new players and a new head coach so their pre-season inconsistencies were expected. They also did not make it through from their group stage in the Finnish Cup. But now in the league, they deservedly beat IFK Mariehamn at home 2-0 and the result could have even been better. They also got their first away win in Vaasa after many many years when they beat VPS 0-1. RoPS is definitely a team not to be underestimated this season as with their experience and youth, they have a very good combination.

Starting Line ups:

KuPS: Virtanen – Coulibaly, Rexhepi, Toivomäki, Murillo – Nissilä, Saxman, Abdalla – Karjalainen, Savolainen, Pennanen
RoPS: Reguero – Taiwo, Hämäläinen, Väisänen, Hyvärinen – Wato, Lingman – Muinonen, Moraes, Lappalainen – Roiha

Prediction:

KuPS is the better team so home win. Also with Rexhepi in the line-up, both teams to score.