KuPS take on the visitors AC Oulu in the round 11 match of Finnish Veikkausliiga. The match will be played on Wednesday, June 22nd at Vare Areena (Kuopio).
KuPS have recently become one of the undisputed leaders of Finnish football. The Canaries regained the league title in 2019. Prior to that, it was possible to take the "gold" already in 1976. In the follwoing draw, there were hopes to maintain their status. But HJK turned out to be a little stronger in a sharp fight for the "gold" - the gap was only 1 point. And now, too, it can already be argued that it is this pair that will play the trophy again. They broke away from everyone else, and every misfire can be fatal. The wards of Simo Valakari gave a good starting segment, even better than their competitors. They never lost until mid-June. Moreover, before 0-0 with HJK there was only 1 mistake, with "Mariehamn". Then, having conceded first, the favorite answered only by equalizing the score, but it ended 1-1. Moreover, after a pause, Honka defeated them unexpectedly, 0-2.
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Oulu this season could play in Jukkonen, the 2nd division of the country. But still, in 2021, it turned out to survive. First, Oulu managed to finish in the penultimate place in the championship standings. And, most importantly, in the play-offs, they turned out to be a little stronger than RoPS. Moreover, having lost 2-1 on the road, then at home he scored the 2-0 needed to save. The lesson, it must be admitted, was learned. The "White-Blacks" managed to gain a foothold in the top half of the standings. The start at the same time was quite difficult, defeats alternated with draws. But from the 5th round, Oulu began to win, especially regularly it was possible on its own field. Although there was a painful defeat in their arena - and just "KuPS". And in the last round, on June 18, there was a trip to another grand, "HJK". And a sensational victory: the only goal in Helsinki was scored by Lopez from the penalty spot. By that time, however, the grandee was down to 10 men.
Oulu last won a head-to-head in 2011. After that, all 7 official matches were won KuPS. Including win twice this calendar year. First, in February, there was a 3-0 in the cup. And in mid-May, the score was repeated on the underdog field already in the championship. Bookmakers do not doubt that KuPS will be rehabilitated. It is unlikely that Oulu will give the 2nd sensation in a row - we bet on the victory of the hosts with a handicap of "-1 goal"
Prediction for the match: KuPS to win with -1.0 handicap.