SJK take on the visitors KuPS in the round 23 match of Finish Veikkausliiga – Championship Group. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 28th at OmaSp Stadion (Seinajoki).
The SJK should be happy with a place in the top six. "Kerho" is a fairly young project, created only in 2007. At the same time, in less than a decade and a half, the club managed to take all the possible Veikkausliga medals, including the championship (2015), as well as playing twice in the finals of each of the pair of cups, and taking both once. But then there was a decline, against which the 3rd place in 2021 was progress, if not a breakthrough. Now SIK was also among the best. But at the same time, they have precisely that “borderline” result and modest performance: 31 points in 23 matches. Moreover, there are fewer wins than losses (9 vs. 10), and more conceded than scored goals (30-34). They are struggling recently: they lost 3 times in 4 recent rounds.
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KuPS has not yet lost its chances for the championship title. The "Canaries" in recent years, fighting for "gold" with HJK. The dispute was won in 2019 (the first such success since 1976!), but last year brought only 2nd place, however, in combination with the cup title. Now, too, the competitors went toe to toe for a long time, but by the fall, Simo Valakari's wards gradually began to let go of an experienced competitor in the lead. They took strength and performances in the Conference League, where the Finns went through Dila (Gori) and Milsami, but had no chance against the mighty Young Boys. In the championship, chances are almost lost after a round: 3 wins with an away defeat to SJK and a goalless draw at home with Ilves. But the gap is still not hopeless, and they will cling to their chances in KuPS.
In general, KuPS have good head-to-head statistics. But this year, the SJK defeated the giant in the League Cup, and in the framework of the "regular" championship, the parties exchanged victories. The SJK are not in the best shape, and this should be used by a motivated KuPS. We bet that this meeting will end with the victory of the visitors.
Prediction for the match: KuPS to win.