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SJK will visit Savon Sanomat Areena on Saturday for the Veikkausliiga meeting with hosts KuPS.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the KuPS v SJK game - as well as up-to-date odds.
KuPS will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 0-1 Veikkausliiga victory against IFK Mariehamn.
In that match, KuPS had 56% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player to score for KuPS was Santeri Haarala (66'). IFK Mariehamn got 9 shots at goal with 4 on target.
Simo Valakari's KuPS have scored 11 times in their last 6 outings. The number of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures stands at 6.
Since being beaten in their last game against Helsinki IFK in Veikkausliiga action, SJK will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, SJK had 48% possession and 7 shots on goal with 0 of them on target. HIFK Fotboll had 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Kei Kamara (44') scored for Helsinki IFK.
Jani Honkavaara's SJK have slotted home 11 times in the course of their previous six matches. The number of goals that have been scored against them during that same period equals 5.
Ahead of this clash, SJK are without an away win for the past 2 league games.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head clashes going back to 01/09/2018 shows us that KuPS have won 4 of them & SJK 1, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A total of 14 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 9 of them for Keltamusta and 5 for SJK. The average goals per game has been 2.33.
The previous league meeting between the two was Veikkausliiga match day 10 on 10/06/2021 when it ended SJK 0-1 KuPS.
The referee was Petri Viljanen.
Team News: KuPS
The KuPS manager Simo Valakari has a full complement, with no fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash with a fully healthy squad ready to go.
Team News: SJK
Due to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, the SJK manager Jani Honkavaara does not have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash.
We feel that SJK are likely to put a goal past this KuPS lineup, although that is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re tipping both teams to score in a 2-1 winning margin for KuPS at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Savon Sanomat Areena (5,000)
Chairman: Ari Lahti
Manager: Simo Valakari
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 2, Conference League Qualifiers (1st Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (3rd Qualifying Round), Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round)
🔑 Key Man: Santeri Haarala
Usually taking up the Left Wing position, Santeri Haarala was born in Tampere, Finland. After having made a senior debut playing for Ilves in the 2017 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 4 league goals in the Veikkausliiga 2021 season to date from a total of 16 appearances.