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The Veikkausliiga tie at Bolt Arena on Thursday sees home team Helsinki IFK welcome HJK.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Helsinki IFK v HJK can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Helsinki IFK will be looking for another win after a 0-1 Veikkausliiga victory against FC Honka.
The only name on the scoresheet from Helsinki IFK was Sakari Tukiainen (12').
An interesting feature of more recent Helsinki IFK games is the number of results with a nil in them.
Taking their prior sextet of clashes leading up to this one, in as many as 5 of them a bet on BTTS would've lost.
Heading into this contest, Helsinki IFK have left without a victory over HJK in their last 5 league matches.
HJK will go into this meeting following a 6-1 Veikkausliiga win over IFK Mariehamn in their most recent match.
For HJK, the scorers were Riku Riski (8', 73'), Atomu Tanaka (11') and Roope Riski (29', 41'). Albion Ademi (10') and Frankline Okoye (69' Own goal) scored for IFK Mariehamn.
Proving their fondness for productive matches, goals have been seen as many as 20 times in the last 6 matches in which HJK have taken to the pitch, yielding a mean average of 3.33 goals for each fixture. Their opponents have managed 3 of these goals. Such a pattern might not be carried forward into this next game, however.
Looking at their past form shows that HJK:
- haven't been beaten by Helsinki IFK when having played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 4 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 30/09/2016 shows that Helsinki IFK have won 1 of these games and HJK 3, with the tally of draws standing at 2.
An aggregate of 12 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 4 for Tähtirinnat and 8 being from Klubi. That is an average goals per game value of 2.
The previous league match featuring the two was Veikkausliiga match day 14 on 04/07/2019 when it ended Helsinki IFK 0-2 HJK.
The referee was Jari Järvinen.
Team News: Helsinki IFK
Regarding absentees, there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Helsinki IFK gaffer Teemu Kankkunen to be concerned with from a near full-strength group of players. Macario Hing-Glover (Knee Injury) won’t play.
Team News: HJK
Thanks to a fully healthy group to pick from, HJK manager Toni Koskela has zero fitness worries to report ahead of this clash.
Our thinking is that Helsinki IFK will need things to go their way to register a score against this HJK outfit who should just have the edge.
That’s why we have predicted a highly competitive game with a 0-1 advantage for HJK at the end of the match.
Let’s see what happens.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Bolt Arena (10,770)
Captain: Hannu Patronen
Chairman: Christopher Perret
Manager: Teemu Kankkunen
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 5
⭐ Key Player: Sakari Mattila
Normally taking to the field in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Sakari Mattila was born in Tampere, Finland. Having played his first senior match for HJK in the 2008 season, the gifted Midfielder has accumulated 3 league goals in the Veikkausliiga 2020 season so far from a total of 10 appearances.