HIFK vs KuPS
Date: Monday, 17th July 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Telia 5G-Areena (Helsinki).
The struggle continue for HIFK as they remain in the bottom two of the Finnish Veikkausliiga table following the 2-2 draw at Rovaniemi last week. The team has now gone on without a win in 11 of their last 12 matches, making them the worst team during the period just above the rock bottom placed JJK.
Also, HIFK has struggled to get results at home through out this campaign. They are also second from bottom in this aspect after edging 1 win from 9 matches so far, with remaining 8 split across 3 draws and 5 losses. Besides, the scoring form in front of their home fans is a major worry. Only 3 of their 14 goals this season came at the Telia 5G-Areena.
KuPS spend a good time near the top of the league table and were poised to put pressure on HJK in the race to title. Things have taken a u-turn since matchday 10 starting off with a goal-less draw against rock bottom side JJK. They were without a win in 6 games with 3 draws and 3 losses. But the hope and confidence is restored following the 3-0 thrashing of PS Kemi last weekend.
Moreover, KuPS have a decent account of themselves in road matches this season. They picked 3 wins and 3 draws from 8 games so far, losing just twice.
HIFK vs KuPS: Head-to-head
The teams have already met once this season; in the month of May, when KuPS edged out a narrow 2-1 win in front of their home fans. The result put KuPS on a three match winning run against HIFK.
Also, HIFK managed to win just once in the last 7 Finnish Veikkausliiga meetings against KuPS.
HIFK vs KuPS: Prediction
HIFK are in an extremely poor shape and their home record this season is nothing to write about. Meanwhile, KuPS are coming after restoring some confidence back and they do tend to perform better in away games. With an excellent h2h record in the back, KuPS are poised to get all three points from this encounter.
HIFK vs KuPS: Bet Tips
FT – Away team to win at 2.50 odds at Bet365.
A decent alternate can be found in backing the visitors to score at least twice here. Over 1.5 team goals for KuPS is priced at 2.62 odds with Bet365.