Can RoPS continue to push for the title with a victory on Thursday night? They head to Veikkausliiga rivals PS Kemi in midweek, as they aim to keep their slim hopes of finishing top of the pile alive. The visitors are eight points shy of HJK ahead of the midweek round of fixtures in Finland, and they will be hoping to stay within reach of the reigning champions. Defeat in this trip would all but end any chance of RoPS moving in to first place in the coming weeks, and it would put their European place in danger.
Meanwhile, PS Kemi are struggling to keep their head above water in Finland. They come in to this midweek round in the bottom two, a point shy of safety. While Kemi did manage to claim three points at the weekend, they did only see off SJK 1-0. A narrow win over one of the worst travellers in the league is one thing, but they’re going to have a tough time when RoPS head here.
Kemi have won only once at home this season, and that came to the side with the second lowest number of away points in the Veikkausliiga. Compare that to second placed RoPS, who have the third highest number of points on their travels. The visitors have lost only one of their away trips, and they’ve got their eye on pushing champions HJK to the wire. After a 3-1 victory at Mariehamn last weekend, they are back to winning ways on the road, which has given them back to back league wins.
RoPS can build on that form, especially when you look at their defensive record. The visitors have the best backline in the division statistically, and they’re the only Veikkausliiga side to have conceded fewer than 10 goals this term. They’ve let in just 0.71 per game on the road this term, and that bodes well ahead of a clash with a low-scoring Kemi outfit.
RoPS pulled off a 3-0 hammering when these two last met, and they’ll expect to claim a win at a side who have the second worst home record in the league. Kemi have let in close to two goals per game this term, and we expect them to slip up against RoPS. We expect the visitors can hold on for a result, as they look to inflect a fifth home defeat on Kemi this season. We’re backing an away win here, along with a narrow 1-0 victory for the second-placed side.
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Four of the last five meetings between these two sides at this ground have seen under 2.5 goals scored, while RoPS won to nil when they met in April.
The hosts are at full strength ahead of the visit of RoPS, so they should be unchanged from last weekend.
RoPS also have no injury news to report ahead of this clash.