The Savon Sanomat Areena will host a meeting between KuPS and SJK on Sunday afternoon with kick off set for 4:30pm. The two sides are separated by only two points at this early stage of the campaign, with the home team in fourth after ten matches played and the visitors in seventh with fourteen points on the board. For KuPS, they can overtake FC Inter on the standings if other results go their way depending on if they earn three points from this encounter, whereas SJK have the opportunity to join Honka on seventeen points and jump into second spot. KuPS have not been beaten by their upcoming opponents in the last five fixtures, drawing twice and winning the others, so history suggests that this should be another easy victory. However, there is no doubt that SJK are out to win this.
KuPS supporters will be excited by their teams beginning to this campaign in the Veikkausliga as they have ran out victors in four games, drawing four and losing only twice. Their home form has been quite solid, with two wins, two stalemates and one defeat while having an equal goal difference after netting six and shipping six. It is the form they have displayed since late April that has been the most impressive though, beating four of the six opponents placed in front of them and losing once, drawing once, keeping two clean sheets during that time. The loss at the hands of FC Inter has proved costly in terms of their league position and being placed behind their rivals, but a win here would see them take six points from two matches, something they will be willing to give it all to achieve after failing to win twice on the trot.
The away side for this matchup are placed in the bottom half of the table despite performing to a solid standard for most of the season up to now with three wins, five draws and two losses. It is clear to see where they have fallen wide of the mark with the amount of stalemates, including three in their previous four outings. The results since the start of May have been disappointing to say the least with three draws and one defeat when they welcomed Honka and were put to the sword by two goals to one. SJK’s away form has virtually matched their home form as they are sixth in the table in both respects, earning seven points in home games and away games. Yet to be on the receiving end of a beating from any side in the league when traveling as of now, SJK can be confident in their ability to take points from teams when they are not expected to do so, however they would much rather take those points in victories over draws. This fixture provides them with the perfect chance to not only grab three vital points but also leap into the top half of the table.
KuPS vs SJK Team News
Typically, KuPS have started the game in the 4-4-2 formation with Rasmus Karjalainen the main number nine having bagged three goals for himself thus far, as well as one assist. They are expected to begin this match much the same, and with virtually no injury concerns they will be fit and ready to take all three points in an important match this Sunday.
SJK may need to look at trying something new in this encounter as they are winless in four matches now, and the 4-3-3 formation they have used for quite some time does not appear to be changing their fortunes. It is expected that they should have a fully fit squad, so the manager has everyone at his disposal for any switches that he deems necessary.
Reasons for KuPS vs SJK Betting Tips
Draw at 12/5 with Bet365 – KuPS have not come out with a victory in two of their last three matches and have drawn twice at home – which is as many times as they have won at home this season. SJK have played out stalemates in three of their last four fixtures and have not lost away from home up to now, drawing four times.
BTTS at 19/20 with Bet365 – SJK have scored in each of their last six matches despite not winning in five of them, although they have conceded in five of those games. KuPS have not been entirely solid at the back either, conceding in four of their last five and netting at least once in four of the last five too.