UA-52481335-1 Veikkausliiga 22 July: KuPS vs FC Lahti - Football Finland

Veikkausliiga 22 July: KuPS vs FC Lahti

Veikkausliiga 22 July: KuPS vs FC Lahti

KuPS vs FC Lahti 17:00 Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio
Odds 1.87 – 3.20 – 4.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

KuPS comes into this match after winning their last 2 games and they have climbed to 4th position. FC Lahti is unbeaten in their last 10 games and are 1 point ahead of KuPS on 3rd position.

KuPS had a bit of a slump recently where they went 6 games without a win but they now took 2 big wins against PS Kemi (3-0) and HIFK (1-4). Now they will face against the second best defense in the league so this match will be tougher. KuPS will get back Urho Nissilä and Tuomas Rannankari for this game but Sebastian Sorsa is still out. Gbolahan Salami and Solomon Duah are still suspended but this is the last match and they will be able to play against SJK in their next game. This will be the home debut for the home hero Petteri Pennanen who returned from Poland back to KuPS. He came on as a substitute against HIFK and even scored a goal.

FC Lahti has been on a good run recently with 10 unbeaten matches. Their last loss came in 19 may against their today´s opponent KuPS. Since then, they have won 4 and drawn 6. They pride themselves with one of the best defenses in the league with only 11 goals conceded in 17 games. That is the second best record behind HJK (8 conceded). FC Lahti will miss Hendrik Helmke who is suspended and Fareed Sadat who is injured. Long term injured Pavel Osipov and Drilon Shala are still out.  On the road, Lahti has lost only once. Their record is 3-4-1.

The teams met once this season in Lahti where the bad condition of the pitch allowed KuPS to win 1-2. KuPS also beat Lahti in the Cup 4-2. Last season, both matches in Lahti ended in a draw but KuPS won the home match 2-0. The last time Lahti won in Kuopio was back in 2015 when they won 0-3 in May.

Starting line ups:
KuPS: Virtanen – Coulibaly, Egwuekwe, Boxall, Nissinen – Gabriel, Saxman – Niskanen, Pennanen, Purje – Mäkelä
Lahti: Vasiutin – Sesay, Taimi, Jovanovic, Hauhia – Kärkkäinen, Paananen – Hertsi, Kuningas, Hostikka – Simonovski

Prediction:

Our main pick here is both teams to score. Both offenses have improved in their previous games so there should be goals. 1-1 is a very likely result.