AC Oulu vs VPS Vaasa by Vicked
Here we have a very interesting Cup game between Ac Oulu from first division who is playing against Veikkausliiga team VPS, who finished 4th after last season. There is some cooperation between these teams, while VPS is also in Europa League qualifications and because the stadium problems in Vaasa, they have agreed to play their games in Oulus Raatin Stadion. There is a believe in Finland that the shortest way to Europe is winning the Cup, so we can be sure that both teams want to win here tonight.
AC Oulus preparations for this game didn't go so well, They lost against PS Kemi 1-3, eventought they played almost the whole game against only 10 becouse of red card of Kemi. After that they found out their weaknesses and strong sides and they have been trying to improve those things as much as they can while VPS is going to be the best team what they have played against so far this season. They know that they are underdogs, but still they are ready to fight and give everything they can to beat the favorites and go throw to the last 16. The squad situation is good for Oulu, coach Rauno Ojanen has assured that there is no injuries with the team, and they have all the players ready for this clash. There is three players in Oulu, who played in VPS last season; Janne Hietanen, Alessandro Marzuoli and Antti Uimaniemi, so the teams know well each others.
VPS has prepared mostly in Liiga Cup, that didnt go as well that it was supposed. They were dropped by HIFK who was just won the promotion to Veikkausliiga from 1th Division. There have been few big problems with VPS; lacking goals and injured goalkeepers. Today their first goalie Henri Sillanpää should be fit and for goalscoring problems they have signed Juho "surgeon" Mäkelä, who has started his playing career in Oulu. In last training game VPS won Haka 1-0 and the scorer was, who else than Mäkelä. VPS will lineup the best possible squad what they can, so there will be no resting for the best players. Still there is a quite lot of injuries while Jarno Parikka, Steven Morrissey ja Karl-Filip Eriksson are all out and Jerry Voutilainen, Eero Tamminen, Loorents Hertsi has slight injuries and they aren't also playing. new signs Charles Bantanga and Prince Godwin doesn't have playing permissions yet, and if they don't get those before the start, they are sidelined too.
About the game must be said that Ac Oulu is one of the biggest favorites to win the First Division, so VPS cant take them slightly, not even that VPS is used to do well in Veikkausliiga at recent years. Still after seeing Oulus mistakes and ball losses against Kemi, there was the signs that they aren't yet ready to challenge VPS, with that kind of mistakes where Kemi were able to score three times, VPS can hurt them badly. Both teams plays mostly with counterattacks, but according VPS coach Huttunen, they have lots of variations to play with and they can change systems even during the game with the players infield without any subs if needed. The game will be a close one and maybe also low-scoring, but i believe that VPS wants more to go throw and they have quality to do it in the regular time.