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Veikkausliiga 3 May: SJK vs KuPS

Veikkausliiga 3 May: SJK vs KuPS

SJK vs KuPS 18:30 OmaSp Stadion, Seinäjoki
Odds 2.54 – 3.15 – 2.63 – Bet NOW at RedKings

SJK is currently 5th with 7 points and KuPS is 3rd with 8 points. Despite both teams being in the top half of the league, their start to the season has been very average. SJK lost their opening game to PS Kemi at home and KuPS did not get their first win until in the 4th round where they beat HJK. Both have a lot to improve as both consider themselves to be the main contender to HJK for the title.

SJK has been good defensively but they are unable to create enough chances for their strikers. Also it does not help that their strikers do not put the ball into the net from those chances. None of their strikers Hambo, Mboma or Tolonen have hit the net yet this season. They are desperately missing Billy Ions who has been injured. He should be fit soon though. At home they have managed to score only against FC Honka so far after 0-1 losses to PS Kemi and HJK.

KuPS had an awful start after drawing at home with FC Honka and losses to Ilves and RoPS. It was in their 4th match against HJK where they came from 1-0 down to win 1-2, which showed their true capabilities. They then beat IFK Mariehamn 1-4 after a good display. In their last match they drew with FC Lahti but had chances to win even that one. They also struggle with scoring goals by their attackers. But it has not mattered much as they have midfielders like Pennanen who are able to score goals.

Previous matches (last season):

KuPS 2-1 SJK
SJK 1-0 KuPS
KuPS 1-1 SJK

SJK team news:

SJK will be without Billi Ions, Obed Malolo and Jarkko Hurme. Marc Vales, Johannes Laaksonen, Emile Tendeng, Matti Klinga and Aristote Mboma are doubts.

KuPS team news:

No new missing players but there might be some rotation.

Starting Line ups:

SJK:  Öst – Mustoe, Mero, Hatakka, Tikkanen – Hetemaj, Ayarna – Bååth, Klinga, Tolonen – Hambo
KuPS: Töyräs – Murillo, Coulibaly, Rexhepi, Pitkänen – Saxman, El said – Niskanen, Pennanen, Nissilä – Karjalainen

Prediction:

This should be a tight game so a draw is possible. However both have good defenses and struggling attacking line so under 2.5 goals is our pick.