Perhaps a welcome break from league football as KuPS & Honka face off to decide who makes it to next stage of the Finland Cup. All the pre-match information is available here!
There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.
Honka play their home games on grass, while this game is played on artifical turf. Recent stats for Honka when playing on artifical turf are 10 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats from 17 matches. They have scored 28 goals and conceded 17 times in these games.
KuPS form and statsKuPS was eliminated in the quarter-finals last season in the Finland Cup.
KuPS are steadily winning Veikkausliiga games and points here at Savon Sanomat Areena. 7 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats is the summary from 11 games. On the other hand, in the Finland Cup, KuPS has performed like this (both home and away): 4 wins, 0 draws and 0 losses. It's trouble wherever KuPS are playing these days as they have suffered four straight defeats now, regardless of arena. They really need to get back to winning ways. Two defeats in a row at home hurts for KuPS, their manager S. Valakari and the supporters. There are certain expectations for improvement.
The KuPS supporters enjoyed the previous match, watching their team host Gnistan in Finland Cup and win 5-0. Ahead of that match, KuPS won a home game hosting Oulu (1-0).
As mentioned above, KuPS "killed" Gnistan in their previous game. They need to reset completely for this one and beware of complacency.
The KuPS fans have had their share of opportunities to cheer home goals this season, having seen 20 goals in 11 league matches. It's worth mentioning that 11 of these goals has been scored in their last three home matches. 14 goals have been conceded.
Honka form and statsHonka was sent out of Finland Cup in the quarter-finals last season.
4 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss. That’s the product of Honka playing as the away team in the Veikkausliiga this season. Total Finland Cup statistics for Honka: 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
Honka's last game was the home draw against PK-35 (after extra-time, 3-2 on penalties) (0-0). Ahead of that match was the victory versus VPS at their stadium, the result 4-0.
Honka are scoring more than one goal per away game on average, having accumulated 13 away goals from 11 games (in the league). It's not easy to score on Honka as they have only conceded 8 goals from these away games. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only -1 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.
Head 2 HeadLast ten meetings between the teams: KuPS won two, Honka won three and five draws. four games with over 2,5 goals, six matches with two goals or less.
KuPS missing players
Honka missing players
|96%||94%||Over 0.5||O 0.5||85%||80%|
|88%||88%||Over 1.5||O 1.5||77%||60%|
|48%||53%||Over 2.5||O 2.5||38%||32%|
|40%||47%||Over 3.5||O 3.5||38%||24%|
|32%||41%||Over 4.5||O 4.5||15%||12%|
|44%||41%||Clean Sheets||C S||46%||48%|
|12%||12%||Failed to Score||F T||23%||32%|
|0||0||Corners for (avg)||C F||0||0|
|0||0||Corners against (avg)||C A||0||0|
|1.4||1.3||Yellow cards (avg)||Y C||1.2||1.4|
|0||0||Red cards||R C||0||3|
|11.5||11.9||Shots (avg)||S (||10.3||8.8|
|4.8||4.9||Shots on Target (avg)||S O||4.8||3.5|
|49%||56%||Goal Efficiency||G E||34%||36%|