HJK are the guests at Wiklöf Holding Arena on Thursday for the Veikkausliiga game with home side IFK Mariehamn.
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IFK Mariehamn will be looking for an improved result here after a 2-3 Veikkausliiga losing effort in their last game against SJK.
For IFK Mariehamn, goals were scored by Gustaf Backaliden (66') and Albion Ademi (84'). Jake Jervis (15'), Emmanuel Ledesma (86') and Matej Hradecky (89') scored for SJK.
It’s been seldom in recent times that IFK Mariehamn have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Grönvitt have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 13 goals during that time. Even so, we must now wait to see whether the trend shall continue on here in this match.
Their past results show that IFK Mariehamn:
- have not won against HJK in their last 23 league matches. A shocking run, it really is.
- haven’t won at home in the past 4 matches in the league. Fans are getting restless.
HJK will go into this meeting after a 3-0 Veikkausliiga win to defeat Helsinki IFK in their last match.
For HJK, the scorers were Tim Väyrynen (73'), Ferhan Hasani (79') and Roope Riski (85').
A sequence of hard-working performances from the HJK defence has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their last 6 fixtures in total. Over that same time, their own forwards have managed to score 13.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that HJK:
- haven't been defeated by IFK Mariehamn in games played away from home for the previous 7 league matches. A solid away record against them.
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 13/09/2018 tells us that IFK Mariehamn have won 1 of them and HJK 5, with the tally of drawn games standing at 0.
In all, 20 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 4 for Grönvitt and 16 for Klubi. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
Team News: IFK Mariehamn
IFK Mariehamn boss Lukasz Syberyjski will be grateful not to have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match with a fully healthy group to choose from.
Team News: HJK
Due to a completely injury-free group to choose from, HJK manager Toni Koskela has no fitness worries at all ahead of this match.
Our thinking is that IFK Mariehamn would be disappointed if they were not to breach the defence of this HJK side, but one goal likely won’t be enough to prevent defeat.
We are therefore anticipating a very close game with a 1-2 winning score for HJK when the full-time whistle blows. Hopefully this is a good one.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Wiklöf Holding Arena (1,600)
Captain: Robin Buwalda
Chairman: Dan Mikkola
Manager: Lukasz Syberyjski
Competitions: Veikkausliiga position 9
⭐ Star Player: Albion Ademi
Generally played in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Albion Ademi was born in Turku, Finland. After having made a senior debut playing for FC Inter Turku in the 2016 season, the gifted Midfielder has accumulated 13 league goals in this Veikkausliiga 2020 season to date from a total of 18 appearances.