UA-52481335-1 Ykkönen 11 August: OPS vs KPV - Football Finland

Ykkönen 11 August: OPS vs KPV

Ykkönen 11 August: OPS vs KPV

OPS vs KPV 18:30 Raatin Stadion, Oulu
Odds 4.00 – 3.60 – 1.76 – Bet NOW at RedKings

8th placed OPS is looking for their first win 5 games against promotion chasing KPV, who are 3rd, and have not won in 4 matches. In the first match this season, KPV won 4-2 in Kokkola.

OPS has not won in 5 games but in the last two round they faced both the leading teams TPS and Honka away from home, losing 2-1 and 3-1 respectively. They can match any team in the league but they lack of organized football and they make too many mistakes to be taken seriously as a top half team. They are now only 6 points ahead of the relegation positions and with Gnistan improving considerably, they are right to worry. This is therefore an important match to them. OPS has tried to improve their squad and especially their defense by bringing in their former players Alex Arinze and Leandro Costa before the transfer window closed. They will miss only Thiago Trindade who is suspended and Rounaja who is starting his army.

KPV has been fighting for promotion all season and when they beat FC Honka 3-0 at home, they looked like the team to beat. However after that win they have struggled in scoring goals. After that win, they went 4 matches with scoring only 2 goals. In the last round they improved offensively by scoring twice but it came with the cost of defense as FC Haka was able to get a 2-2 draw in Kokkola. This is therefore becoming a must win game for KPV. Their owner cannot be happy as promotion is the only possible outcome this season. This can cause stress within the team if this winless streak continues. KPV also improved their squad during the transfer window as Ukrainian midfielder Konstantin Yaromenko and goalkeeper Leonid Shulgin joined the squad. Yaromenko might play already on Friday as Michal Mravec is suspended from the match.

Prediction:

This is a tricky game but the 1X has value. OPS has lost games but to good opposition. With Arinze back, their defense will improve. 1X has some value.