FC Lahti vs HJK
Finland – Veikkausliiga
Date: Monday, 17 September 2018
Kick-Off at 16:30 UK
Venue: Lahden Kisapuisto (Lahti)
Despite no success in European competitions and dropping out of both Champions League and Europa League very early, HJK have returned to their convincing streak in Veikkausliiga and now travel to Lahti for their Matchday 28 clash on the back of a three-game winning streak.
Klubi have beaten KuPS, Inter Turku, and Mariehamn since late August with no goals conceded along the way and we should now see them very motivated to impress once again, garnering a ten-point gap at the top of the table at this point. They’ve based such a success on quality defensive displays and we do believe we’ll see another such quest at Lahden Kisapuisto.
Lahti have, on the other hand, dropped down the pecking order and we’ve seen them earn just four points in seven outings since late July. They’ve suffered narrow losses to RoPS, Honka, and KuPS in their last four games and it’s rather questionable how much of a confidence booster just a 1-1 home draw against VPS seen along the way will be.
FC Lahti vs HJK: Head-to-head
HJK have better overall records against the rivals, with 30 wins bagged in 60 matches and 15 draws and 15 losses seen in the process.
Lahti have earned two of their 15 wins in the last two head-to-head matchups.
We’ve seen three or more goals in seven of the sides last nine matchups.
FC Lahti vs HJK: Prediction
We will back HJK to build on their convincing three-game winning streak and bag all three points at Lahden Kisapuisto too, in an Away win which comes at 1.80. They have been very good lately and struggling Lahti could now have their hands full at Lahden Kisapuisto once again.
We do feel we’ll see a thrilling clash we’ve come to get used to in the sides’ matchup, going for Over 2.5 goals FT at 1.85 – which would be the eighth such occasion in ten head to head matchups. We have seen HJK in great shape up front and they should be able to show it off on the day as well.
FC Lahti vs HJK: Bet Tips
Away win @ 1.80 (4/5).
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.85 (6/7).