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Veikkausliiga 20 June: KuPS vs HJK

Veikkausliiga 20 June: KuPS vs HJK

KuPS vs HJK 18:30 Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio
Odds 3.70 – 3.40 -1.90 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is always a big match when two traditional teams meet. KuPS managed to beat HJK in Helsinki in the earlier game. That win gave KuPS confidence and it boosted their climb up the standings. They are currently 3rd with 24 points. HJK is now on a 9 match unbeaten run and they lead the league with an 8 points difference to RoPS.

KuPS suffered a 2-1 loss to Honka in their last game. It was the first match without their midfielder/forward Urho Nissilä who moves to Zulte-Waregem in Belgium. His absence will be a big loss as his type of players are difficult to find. KuPS has been good offensively but defensively they have lacked. KuPS has managed to keep only two clean sheets all season. Last time against HJK, they were able to play tactically better than their opponents and they will try to do it again today. It might be difficult though considering the missing players.

HJK leads the league and will most likely win it also. They have not been playing great, but they have done enough to win their matches. It has not been smooth sailing as the team has had some issues inside the team. Their main player from last season Filip Valencic has not played in the starting line-up in the last two games. Also in their last match there was some shouting with Dahlström and Captain Rafinha after the latter lost the ball easily and instead of running back, he just complained that he was fouled. HJK is the only team who has not lost a game on the road this season. They have won six and drawn two. They are a strong team but they have vulnerabilities that KuPS can take advantages of.

Previous matches:

HJK 1-2 KuPS (This season)
HJK 2-0 KuPS (This season Cup)

HJK 1-0 KuPS  (Last season)
KuPS 0-2 HJK  (Last season)
HJK 2-0 KuPS  (Last season)

KuPS team news:

TPS will miss Lum Rexhepi who is suspended and Reuben Gabriel who is injured. Urho Nissilä will no longer play for the team.

HJK team news:

Akseli Pelvas, Ville Jalasto are out injured. Anthony Annan is suspended. Riku Riski is not match fit and might play with their reserve team Klubi-04 today. Mosa and Nikolai Alho return to the line-up having missed their match on Saturday.

Starting Line ups:

KuPS: Virtanen – Savolainen, Coulibaly, Toivomäki, Murillo – Hiltunen, Saxman – Pennanen, Purje, Niskanen – Karjalainen
HJK: Rudakov – Obilor, Patronen, O´Shaughnessy, Rafinha – Mosa, Dahlström – Alho, Valencic, Mensah – Klauss

Prediction:

Main pick is HJK to win.