Savon Sanomat Areena: KuPS vs Honka Veikkausliiga preview

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Competition: Finland Veikkausliiga
Competition: Sun 18.October
Match begins: 13:00 (UTC)
Venue: Savon Sanomat Areena

The KuPS & Honka managers A. Erlandsen and V. Vasara are both dreading and looking forward to this decisive game in the upper regions of the Veikkausliiga league table.

It's no vacation for neither KuPS nor Honka as both were in action only a few days ago. Expect some tired legs on the pitch and/or possibly some changes to the lineups.

It should be mentioned that Honka play their home matches on grass, so they have to adjust for this one as it's played on artifical turf. Does it matter? Recent statistics for Honka on artifical turf are 8 victories, 4 draws and 4 defeats from 16 games. In these matches they have a goal statistics scored/conceded: 23-17. You can compare this with overall results below.

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KuPS form and stats

The home supporters can't complain about results here at Savon Sanomat Areena as KuPS have scored 18 goals to get 22 points from 9 games. The overall stats in the Veikkausliiga are 7-1-1 (wins-draws-losses).

The fans are hoping that KuPS will strike back in this match, putting things right after the 0-2 away loss in the Veikkausliiga game against Inter Turku (placed 3rd). Ahead of that match, KuPS won a home game hosting HIFK (3-2).

The home team are moderate favourites in this game. How does KuPS handle that role? We have found ten games in our database similar to this one, based on the home odds. The stats for these games are four wins, five draws and one defeat.

Some members of the home team might already be thinking of their next match, the Veikkausliiga game versus Haka in only four days. This game is also played here at Savon Sanomat Areena.

The KuPS manager A. Erlandsen has got the team scoring with 18 from 9 home games in the league. On the other hand, KuPS have conceded 9 goals.

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Honka form and stats

Playing away, Honka, who have the fewest conceded goals (12) in Veikkausliiga, have won 3 games, drawn 6 and suffered 0 defeats in the Veikkausliiga this season. The away team travel with confidence. Not since the Haka game have they lost an away game, meaning Honka has taken points from nine away matches in a row.

Honka go into this game after a win, the home game against Mariehamn that ended 1-0. Before that, Honka travelled to HIFK and returned home with a draw after the game finished 1-1.

Honka are the outsiders in this one, but not by much. Their performance in similar games (being the away team and moderate outsiders) is three wins, three draws and zero defeats. From a total of six matches.

The visitors are returning home after this fixture, hosting Lahti in just four days.

The visiting Honka have scored more than one goal per away game in the league so far. The grand total is 10 goals from 9 games. Honka are tight as a drum on their travels, having allowed the opposition only 4 goals away. It's worth mentioning that 2 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

KuPS and Honka have met before this season: Honka - KuPS 1-1. Head-to-head totals (for the last ten meetings): KuPS won three games, five matches ended with a draw and Honka has two wins. Over 2,5 goals / under 2,5 goals: four / six

Top Goalscorers

HonkaJ. Dongou Tsafack
J. Dongou Tsafack
8 goals
KuPSU. Nissilä
U. Nissilä
5 goals

KuPS missing players

Honka missing players

KuPS Honka
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
19 9 2 Played P 2 9 19
12 7 1 Won W 0 3 7
5 1 0 Drew D 2 6 10
2 1 1 Lost L 0 0 2
35 18 1 Scored S 1 10 21
18 9 3 Conceded C 1 4 12
95% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 50% 67% 74%
89% 89% 50% Over 1.5 O 1.5 50% 67% 58%
58% 78% 50% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 11% 21%
21% 22% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 11% 16%
11% 11% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 5%
53% 56% 0% BTTS BTTS 50% 44% 47%
37% 33% 50% Clean Sheets C S 50% 56% 47%
16% 11% 50% Failed to Score F T 50% 33% 32%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.3 1.2 1 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1.5 1.6 1.6
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 1 2
 
248 138 23 Total Shots T S 20 94 177
101 48 3 Shots on Target S O 13 46 80
35% 38% 33% Goal Efficiency G E 8% 22% 26%
Key stats in Veikkausliiga this season:
  • Honka has the fewest conceded goals (12) in Veikkausliiga
  • Honka has the fewest conceded goals (4) away in Veikkausliiga
  • Honka has the fewest conceded goals in the second half (6) in Veikkausliiga
  • Honka has the fewest matches over the total-line (4) in Veikkausliiga
  • Honka has the most clean sheets (9) in Veikkausliiga
  • Honka has the most matches under the total-line (15) in Veikkausliiga
  • Honka have not yet lost a game away.
  • Honka have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded away.
  • KuPS has the fewest conceded goals in the first half (5) in Veikkausliiga
  • KuPS has the most scored goals in the first half (21) in Veikkausliiga
  • KuPS have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • KuPS haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • KuPS is in the best form (4-1-1)

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 HJK 19 12 5 2 44 16 9 5 4 0 23 8 10 7 1 2 21 8 28 41
2 KuPS 19 12 5 2 35 18 9 7 1 1 18 9 10 5 4 1 17 9 17 41
3 Inter Turku 19 10 4 5 30 16 10 8 1 1 21 6 9 2 3 4 9 10 14 34
4 Honka 19 7 10 2 21 12 10 4 4 2 11 8 9 3 6 0 10 4 9 31
5 Ilves 19 8 6 5 30 25 9 4 4 1 16 9 10 4 2 4 14 16 5 30
6 Lahti 19 7 7 5 30 27 9 3 4 2 13 12 10 4 3 3 17 15 3 28
7 HIFK 19 7 4 8 27 28 10 3 3 4 12 16 9 4 1 4 15 12 -1 25
8 SJK 18 6 5 7 20 21 10 4 2 4 13 14 8 2 3 3 7 7 -1 23
9 Mariehamn 19 5 5 9 26 35 9 3 3 3 11 11 10 2 2 6 15 24 -9 20
10 Haka 19 4 6 9 22 38 10 1 2 7 9 24 9 3 4 2 13 14 -16 18
11 TPS 18 3 3 12 15 33 8 2 1 5 6 12 10 1 2 7 9 21 -18 12
12 RoPS 19 1 2 16 12 43 10 0 2 8 8 22 9 1 0 8 4 21 -31 5

Read more about Veikkausliiga

Veikkausliiga is the premier division in Finnish football. It has its name from the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, the main sponsor. Seasons run from April to October in a league of twelve teams. These play two fixtures against each other in the regular season. After that the league table splits in two. The top teams play a championship round and the bottom half play a relegation round.