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KuPS Kuopio and VPS Vaasa meet at Savon Sanomat Areena, in a match for the 20th day of Veikkausliiga. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 22-05-2018, KuPS Kuopio won by (0-2). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 matches won 2, drew 2 and lost 1. But the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, in 14- 06-2017, for the Veikkausliiga, the two teams tied by (2-2). A. Purje (26 ‘) and N. Boxall (70’) scored the goals of the game, for KuPS Kuopio, and J. Lähde (35 ‘) and J. Vahtera (67’), for VPS Vaasa.
The home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 29 points won, after 8 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Seinäjoen JK, by (1-1). In the last match, they won in an away match against Inter Turku, by (0-1). The team comes to this match after a draw away with FC Copenhagen by (1-1). For the league, KuPS Kuopio won 13 points out of 27 possible points, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in the last 9 home matches. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 19 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 13 times, but got the comeback in 4.
The KuPS comes to this game with a draw to a ball against Copenhagen, but was still eliminated from the Europa League. In the last game for the Finnish championship, the home side beat Inter Turku, by 0-1. In this game against the VPS, a team that occupies the third position, coach Jani Honkavaara must play in 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the flanks. Rasmus Karjalainen is the great highlight of the premises, with 13 goals scored so far. Of note that the offensive sector is one of the strengths of this team, as it scored on average 1.89 goals per game. For this game the local coach can count on all his players.
The away team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 30 points won, after 8 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against TPS Turku, by (2-0). In the last match, they won in an away match against Honka Espoo, by (0-1). In the last 9 away matches for the championship VPS Vaasa has 4 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 15 points out of 27 possible. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (5 out of 10 matches). The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 5 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 19 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
The VPS leaves for this game with a victory in the field of Honka, by 0-1, totaling in this way the third successive win in this competition: the only goal was scored by Douglas Caé. In this game away from home it will be expected that coach Petri Vuorinen will act with a more cautious strategy, exploring only the counterattack, but in some moments of the game he must risk everything in the attack. Sebastian Strandvall is the best marker of the VPS, with 8 goals scored. Of note that visitors have several weaknesses in the offensive sector, as they scored on average 1 goal per game in this condition. From outside due to injury continues Kujanpaa.
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