After main sponsor and businessmen Matti Laitinen left KPV, coach Niklas Vidjeskog and many key players Amuzie (24/1), Heinonen (24/0), Vidjeskog (22/1), Lehto (18/2), Saarinen (17/1), Kouadio (17/0), Kristian Andersen (16/4), Akpoveta (13/9 top scorer), Zapata (13/1), Kahkonen (11/3), Riihimaki (7/0), and Ahokangas (4/0) left the team. New coach Christian Sund (who previously coached in Vaasa), was appointed, and this season KPV relies on it’s own player production and some players from recent years. They have only one win in the last 6 rounds, and today will have a hard afternoon in Helsinki.
Gnistan started the season really well, but now they are without a win in the last three matches. They are looking to return on the winning ways and with a possible win, difference from the 1st place will be only 3 points. Only absence are captain Fabian (11/2) and Sampo Ala-Iso (6/0). In the first meeting between the teams, Gnistan took a 0:2 away victory over Kokkola, and despite the „suspicious“ mutual matches, I think that Gnistan will be highly motivated to stop the three match winless streak and keep the race for the playoff spot.