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Veikkausliiga 18 May: KuPS vs IFK Mariehamn

Veikkausliiga 18 May: KuPS vs IFK Mariehamn

KuPS vs IFK Mariehamn 18:30 Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio
Odds 1.53 – 3.80 – 5.50 – Bet NOW at RedKings

The biggest thing about this match is that it will be the last game for Egypt international Abdalla El said in Finland. The Egyptian super star came to Finland to get match fit for the World Cup and he will now move on. For the teams, they have exactly the reverse forms. KuPS last 5 games are L-W-W-D-W and IFK Mariehamn´s last 5 games are W-D-W-W-L. In any case, both teams are in good form and it should be a good match.

KuPS suffered a surprise loss to RoPS in the last round. More importantly their key midfielder Reuben Gabriel got a red card in that game so he will miss this match. KuPS has played 9 games this season and they have failed to score in only 2 of them. Both of those games were against RoPS. Taking the RoPS game aside, KuPS has been really good this season. Ever since they beat HJK, they got a lot of confidence and can score against anyone. Defensively they have not been that strong as they have conceded in every game so far.

IFK Marihamn had a really poor start to the season but have now played 4 games without defeat earning 10 points in the process. The big reason for this has been that they have been able to start scoring goals. Out of their 12 goals scored this season, 9 have come in the last 4 games. Defensively they are still a bit of a mess, as the 2-0 win against Ilves in the last round was only their first clean sheet this season.

Previous matches (last season):

Mariehamn 1-4 KuPS (this season)

KuPS 2-1 Mariehamn
Mariehamn 2-1 KuPS
KuPS 1-2 Mariehamn

KuPS team news:

They will miss suspended Ruben Gabriel but get back important full back Murillo.

IFK Mariehamn team news:

They will still miss Philip Mantilla, Gabriel Petrovic and Robin Sid. Their new signing Amin Nazari has gotten a playing permit and is available for selection.

Starting Line ups:

KuPS: Töyräs – Savolainen, Coulibaly, Toivomäki, Murillo – Saxman, Nissilä – Pennanen, Purje, Niskanen – Karjalainen
MIFK: Nordqvist – Murnane, Tatomirovic, Kojola, Mattsson – Silverholt, Mäkinen, Maripuu, Åsbrink – Ekhalie, Kangaskolkka

Prediction:

Updated pick is both teams to score. KuPS starting line up does not convince us that they will win.