KuPS vs Lahti
Finland – Veikkausliiga
Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018
Kick-Off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: Savon Sanomat Areena, Kuopio.
KuPS quickly returned on the winning ways on Saturday when they saw off VPS 1-2 on the road to rebound from the home loss to table-toppers HJK. They thus made it four wins in last five league outings which is enough to keep them at the third place in the Veikkausliiga standings.
Keltamusta still have to work hard to secure the top-three finish and book a place in Europa League qualifications for the second straight season next summer. They are currently locked on points with Honka and just one above Ilves in the league ladder. Can the hosts keep the good form going when Lahti come to visit Savon Sanomat Areena on Thursday afternoon?
KuPS vs Lahti: Head-to-head
The head to head record does not go in KuPS’ favour at all.
Lahti won 23, drew 12 and lost only 11 of 46 encounters with Keltamusta over the course of history.
Mustat Kuhnurit took four points from two H2H games with KuPS in this tern of Veikkausliiga.
It is interesting to note that six of past seven head to head affairs saw goals at both ends.
KuPS vs Lahti: Prediction
Lahti came fourth in the previous tern of the competition, but they will not repeat such accomplishment this time about.
It has been a rollercoaster campaign for them so far in the season and they are actually currently on a poor run of six games on the trot without a single victory in Veikkausliiga.
The team led by Toni Korkeakunnas took just one point from last three ties conceding five goals and netting just two in the process.
Knowing that KuPS bagged three goals in back-to-back home wins over TPS and PS Kemi (before the aforementioned defeat to HJK), we just have to shoot for the home win at the odds of 1.66 here.
The hosts might, however, miss the in-form striker Rasmus Karjalainen who took his league tally to 16 goals when he bagged the equalizer last weekend away at SJK.
The youngster was called up for the national side in matches against Hungary and Estonia and his appearance here comes under a question.
We still, however, expect the hosts to take advantage of Lahti’s drop in form and score at least two times on the occasion, with or without Karjalainen in the squad.
KuPS vs Lahti: Bet Tips
KuPS to win @ 7/10 (1.70)
KuPS Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 4/5 (1.80).