HONKA VS TPS PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Honka Espoo and TPS Turku face each other in Tapiolan Urheilupuisto, in a match for the 20th day of the Veikkausliiga. The two teams tied (0-0), on 22-05-2018, in the previous match for this edition of the league. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 1 win and 3 draws in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 21-10-2017, in a match for the Ykkönen which ended in a draw by (1-1). The goals of the match were scored by K. Liikonen (51 ‘), for Honka Espoo, and I. Mettälä (82’), for TPS Turku.
The home team is currently in the 5 th position of the league, with 29 points won, after 7 wins, 9 draws and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against VPS Vaasa, by (0-1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against PS Kemi, by (1-1). In the last 9 home league matches Honka Espoo has a record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss, so they have won 16 points out of 27 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 19 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 8 times, but got the comeback in 3.
The Honka comes to this game after a stranger draw, a ball, in the visit to the Kemi field. The home team usually acts in a traditional 4-4-2, in which the two most advanced players are Borjas Martín and Macoumba Kandji. By acting inside the house, it is guessed that the Honka adopts a more offensive posture, with the aim of trying to open the score. In the most central area of the terrain it is possible for Rahimi, Rasimus, Hervás and Kaufmann to act, the latter being responsible for conducting the attacks of his team. The local coach can not count on Masar Omer, for being injured.
The away team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 16 points won, after 3 wins, 7 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against PS Kemi, by (3-2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against HJK Helsinki, by (2-1). In the last 9 away league matches TPS Turku has a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 6 losses, so they have won 5 points out of 27 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 7 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 10 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 6 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 19 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 9 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 away matches for all competitions: they have scored 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The TPS comes to this game unmotivated, after a foreign snub, by 2-1, in the visit to the arena of the HJK. The visiting team opts to act in a traditional 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are: Sjoroos, Aaritalo and Jakonen. Acting outside the home, you can guess that the TPS adopts a more defensive posture, with the objective of not suffering the first goal of the match. In the most central area of the terrain it is possible for McKendry, Blomqvist and Valakari to act, the latter being responsible for conducting the attacks of his team. Coach Mika Laurikainen will not be able to count on Tomas Hradecky, for being injured.
PREDICTION: Honka to win @ 1.60