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Ykkönen 23 August: AC Oulu vs OPS

Ykkönen 23 August: AC Oulu vs OPS

AC Oulu vs OPS 18:30 Raatin Stadion, Oulu
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This is the “Oulu Derby”, a re-match for the game that was called off due to a bomb threat at the stadium. The match was 0-0 at the time but it will be replayed from the start. This is probably the last chance for AC Oulu to get closer to the top-3 for the promotion. They are 12 points behind but have 2 games on hand. OPS also needs points as they are only 5 points ahead of the relegation line.

AC Oulu has had two bad losses in their last 3 matches and both happened at home. They first lost to FF Jaro 0-4 and last week they lost to bottom club Gnistan 1-2. Those two losses were big blows for their promotion hopes. Surprisingly it is their home form that has let them down this season. They are 2-3-3 at home which is only the 7th best home record in the league. They will miss Juuso Kemppainen from this match and have some other players with doubts. Their availability will be decided closer to the game. George Junior Tangko returns from suspension.

OPS has gotten only 1 point from their last 5 matches and their promotion hopes have been long over. Now they actually have to worry about relegation as Gnistan is slowly climbing up from the relegation zone. Their problem is that they concede too many goals and also they do not score enough. They have scored only twice in their last 4 matches. Now though they are confident that they can put a dent on their city rivals promotion hopes.

The teams have met twice this season but only one game ended with a result. OPS won AC Oulu 1-0. In the second match that got abandoned at 0-0, OPS created a lot of problems for AC Oulu with their high press.

Prediction:

The value here is definitely with the visitors. This is a derby game on a stadium where both teams play so there is no home advantage. AC Oulu is the better team but OPS has been better when the teams have met this season. It will be difficult for AC Oulu to catch the top-3 so the biggest motivation is with OPS as they try to avoid relegation.