KuPS ended their Europa League campaign last Thursday evening when they suffered a 3:1 defeat against CFR Cluj, back in Romania.
They were up against a far better opponent in this clash, that controlled the game from the very start, looked better with the ball to their feet, and this defeat was pretty much expected. In Veikkausliiga they are performing well, as they are currently in seven matches winning streak, looking quite confident in Finland. They recorded a routine 2:0 victory in their last encounter against Mariehamn, in an away match.
As mentioned, KuPS is really doing a good job in Veikkausliiga, and are currently at 2nd place, only a point behind first-place positioned HJK but also having two games less.
The hosts keep missing midfielder Vitor (4/0), but also long-term absentees midfileders Thiaw and Jyry who didn’t play so far anyway.
Ilves is back on the right course, as they recorded two consecutive victories, after three matches without a positive result. In their latest encounter, Ilves convincingly defeated TPS with 4:0, playing at their home.
This clash was a pretty much one-sided one, as the home side was able to score two times in each half while being able to keep their sheet clean in this match, as they provided the visitors with the minimal number of opportunities to score.
Ilves is at 5th place in the overall standings, in the play-off part of the table, but they need to be cautious, as several teams are in a situation to threaten them.
They will miss defender Saksela (9/0) and offensive players Mettala (8/5) and Tamminen (9/1).
Both are looking dangerous
KuPS, with their winning momentum, is seeming unstoppable in Veikkausliiga, but the visitors are not to be that overly underestimated. They are back on the right path and are looking like a team that can be dangerous in this clash. The odds are saying that the most likely winner of this encounter would be KuPS, and I agree, but in my opinion, the safer bet here would be that both of them will be effective, as they both look more than capable of doing so.