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Veikkausliiga 25 June: FC Lahti vs KuPS

Veikkausliiga 25 June: FC Lahti vs KuPS

FC Lahti vs KuPS 18:30 Kisapuisto, Lahti
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This is the big match of this round between 3rd placed KuPS and 4th placed FC Lahti. KuPS has not been in good form recently but they almost did beat HJK in the last round, only having to settle for a draw with a last minute goal. FC Lahti has lost only once all season and they are on a 10-match unbeaten run (3W 7D) but their last five games have ended in a draw.

FC Lahti is an excellent defensive team. They have only lost to RoPS away from home this season and at home they are still undefeated with a 3-3-0 record. Last season they finished with a 6-7-3 home record which shows that they are difficult to beat in Kisapuisto. Their problem is clearly in scoring goals. They create enough chances to put the ball into the net but the finishing has so far been quite poor. Last season they scored approximately 1.4 goals per game (1.25 at home). This season the number has been 1 goal per game in average. If they could get that number of goals average to get to the same levels as last season, they would be HJK´s biggest challenger most probably. In the last few games, Lahti has been missing some defensive players and they have not had the control of the game like they normally do.

KuPS is still 3rd but they have gotten only one win in their last five games. Their defense has been leaking (8 goals conceded in those games) and their offense has not been able to cover so many conceded goals. They have had quite a few injuries to key players like Reuben Gabriel who is essential in that defensive midfield role but now they also have to do without Urho Nissilä in offense after his move to Zulte-Waregem. KuPS has been good in offense with 29 goals which is the best in the league. That is 1.8 goals per game. Their last season average was 1.51 goals per game. Now with no Nissilä and no Abdalla El Said, their goal average should drop a bit. Defensively they are way behind. Last season they conceded 1.1 goals per average. This season the number has been 1.25.

Previous matches:

KuPS 1-1 FC Lahti (This season)
During their history, the teams have met  46 times. FC Lahti has won 23 and KuPS 11. In those games, FC Lahti has scored 71 times and KuPS 45.

FC Lahti team news:

FC Lahti will still miss Stenio, Igor Jovanovic and Timi Voutilainen. On top of these, they will have some doubts in the team.

KuPS team news:

They will still miss Reuben Gabriel.

Starting Line ups:

Lahti: Vasiutin – Sesay, Hauhia, Viatkin, Taimi – Paananen, Osipov – Hertsi, Gela, Hostikka – Anier
KuPS: Virtanen – Toivomäki, Rexhepi, Coulibaly, Savolainen – Saxman, Pennanen – Niskanen, Purje, Mäkelä – Karjalainen

Prediction:

Both teams to score.