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KuPS will be facing visiting club HJK at Savon Sanomat Areena in this Veikkausliiga match on Sunday.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for KuPS v HJK, scroll down (inc. the best betting odds).
KuPS will be hoping for a better result after a 1-0 Veikkausliiga losing effort in their last game against FC Inter Turku.
Juho Hyvärinen (55') was the scorer for FC Inter Turku.
It’s not been often in recent games where KuPS have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Keltamusta have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 13 goals on the way.
Looking at the pre-match facts, KuPS:
- haven't beaten HJK in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
HJK will go into the match after a 4-2 Veikkausliiga win over FC Honka in their most recent match.
For HJK, the scorers were Filip Valenčič (42'), David Browne (53'), Roope Riski (78') and Casper Terho (92'). Darren Smith (7') and Jean Marie Dongou (71') scored for FC Honka.
Over the course of their previous six outings, HJK have bagged a tally of 19 goals. Klubi have also scored on each one of those occasions. In that time, they’ve seen 4 goals scored by their opponents. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend can be sustained here.
Going into this one, HJK are unbeaten in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 26/08/2018 shows that KuPS have won 1 of them & HJK 2, with the number of draws standing at 3.
A sum of 11 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 4 of them from Keltamusta and 7 coming from Klubi. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.83.
The previous league game between the two was Veikkausliiga match day 8 on 09/08/2020 when it finished KuPS 0-3 HJK.
The match was refereed by Antti Munukka.
Team News: KuPS
KuPS boss Simo Valakari has no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this game owing to a completely healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: HJK
Owing to an otherwise healthy group of players, there’s just a single fitness problem for the HJK gaffer Toni Koskela to contend with. Jair (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game.
When taking all factors into account, HJK and KuPS may both find scoring difficult here.
It will be interesting to see how this one goes, and it’s not easy to pick a clear winner. Our tip is therefore for a very close game with a 0-0 draw at the end of the 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Savon Sanomat Areena (5,000)
Captain: Bismark Adjei-Boateng
Chairman: Antti Haapakorva
Manager: Simo Valakari
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 11, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)