UA-52481335-1 Ykkönen 19 August: AC Oulu vs Gnistan - Football Finland

Ykkönen 19 August: AC Oulu vs Gnistan

Ykkönen 19 August: AC Oulu vs Gnistan

AC Oulu vs Gnistan 17:00 Raatin Stadion, Oulu
Odds 1.41 – 4.33 – 6.00 – Bet NOW at RedKings

This is  match a lot on stake. AC Oulu is 4th at the moment and chasing the top-3 teams for promotion. Gnistan is bottom of the league but have signed several new players recently and really fighting for survival.

AC Oulu beat EIF last week despite missing several key players in that match. With that win they compensated their surprising 0-4 home loss to FF Jaro in the previous round which ended their 7-match unbeaten run. AC Oulu is 9 points behind the leading trio (Preview done before Friday games) but they have played 2 games less. These two matches are both at home against OPS and EIF which they are expected to beat. If they do that, they are realistically only 3 points behind. ACO has been a better away team than a home team this season. So far they have won only 2 of their 7 home games. From this match they will miss Tangko who is suspended and injured Lindfors and Ramadingaye. There are other players with minor injuries and the decision on if they will play will be made closer to the match.

Gnistan has won 2 out of their 4 games since they signed new head coach Nuccio. They are 8 points from safety so they need all the wins they can get with only 9 rounds remaining. It is not impossible if OPS keeps underperforming though. Gnistan has gotten a lot of new players recently and they are a better team than their current position would make you think. They defend really well and hit fast on the counters. If they would have had this head coach and players at the start of the season, most likely they would not be fighting for relegation but would be safely in the mid-table.

The teams have met twice this season with ACO winning both; 1-0 at home and 2-4 in Helsinki.

Prediction:

This will be a tight game and best pick here is under 2.5 goals.