Kup Kuopio, one of the Finnish league teams, will face Vitebsk in the UEFA Europa League 1st Qualifying Round.
The Finnish representative KuPS Kuopio had a third place in Veikkausliiga last season and was qualified to play in the UEFA Europa League Qualifying. Last season, the representative of Finland in the Europa League qualifiers in the first round Denmark’s Copenhagen team was eliminated early in the European League eliminated. Their rival Viteks will be easier this season. In the Finnish League, Kuopio, who has won the championship this season, is only 2 points behind leader Ilves Tampere.
Vitebsk is one of the Belarusian League teams. Vitebsk, who finished fourth in the league last season, could not play UEFA Europa League qualifiers under normal conditions, but defeated Shaktyor Soligorsky 2-0 in the Belarusian Cup final, Vitebsk competed in the European Cup qualification for reaching the trophy. This season they have a poor performance in the Belarusian League. I think Vitebsk has had only 1 win in the league in the last 5 weeks and it is hard to play in Kuopio.
If we compare the two teams, the host Kuopio is in a better shape. I think they will win the first game against Vitebsk.