HJK vs BATE Borisov
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 1st August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Telia 5G-Areena (Helsinki).
Both teams walk into the second leg of the contest as even favorites after a goal-less stalemate in Belarus, but the hosts will have a slight advantage in this fixture.
The Finnish side HJK are in stunning form after winning in all of their previous 8 games at home scoring twice or more on all occasions and conceding just 4 goals in total. This also includes a 3-1 win against Vikingur in the previous round of the competition.
BATE Borisov had made strong runs at this stage on numerous occasions, but their wins are normally built on strong display at home. The Belarusians had won just 1 of their previous 19 on the road in this competition, drew 6 and lost 12.
These kind of stats look good for punters looking for long shots and back the Finns to bag a narrow win at Helsinki on Wednesday, who are unbeaten in the previous 7 Europa League home fixtures.
HJK vs BATE Borisov Predictions & Betting Tips
- FT – HJK to win at 2.90 on medium stakes.
- Under 2.5 ft goals at 1.60 odd.
HJK vs BATE Borisov Match Preview
Both teams head into the tie in a decent competitive form being midway through seasons in their domestic leagues.
Interestingly, both sides are seven points clear at the top of the standings at the halfway point of campaigns in Premier League and Veikkausliiga.
The only difference is that HJK had to play the first qualifying round in the Champions League. Klubi eased past Faroese Vikingur there, winning both legs and advancing 5-2 on aggregate.
BATE have been much more successful at this level in the past couple of years. They eased past Finnish opposition SJK in the opening round of the 2016/17 campaign 4-2 on aggregate, just a year after featuring the Champions League group stage.
They were unlucky to suffer an early elimination to Slavia Prague on the away goal rule (2-2 on aggregate) last year. Nevertheless, BATE went on to play the Europa League group phase where they could not advance into the knockout round past the likes of Arsenal, Red Star Belgrade and Koln.
HJK have a much more modest European experience in the last decade. They did regain the title in Veikkausliiga after three years in the previous term.
The head coach Mika Lehkosuo will telly on his team’s form here as Klubi will come into this off the back of four consecutive wins in all competitions.
Brazilian forward Klauss Da Mello is their main attacking option. He scored one of team’s five goals in two games against Vikingur and he added 13 more in 20 Veikkausliiga ties.
BATE are very tough to break down in their own backyard and they’ve lost just one of last nine home games in the Champions League (to Barcelona).
HJK vs BATE Borisov Head-to-head
The teams met for the first time in a competitive match last week, ended in a goal-less draw.