HJK vs Connah’s Quay Nomads F.C
Europa League qualifier
Date: Thursday, 6th July 2017
Kick off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Telia 5G -areena.
Connah’s Quay shocked HJK in the first leg of their Europa League tie seven days go when the Welsh side claimed a 1-0 win in front of their fans.
The current Veikkausliiga leaders are still massive favourites to advance to the second round, but they will need a much more serious approach in the rematch this Thursday at Telia 5g –areena.
HJK are midway through the season in the top flight of the Finnish football which should give them yet another edge in comparison to the Welsh side which has not played a competitive match since late April.
The hosts have been very tough to break down lately as they conceded no more than a single goal in nine consecutive Veikkausliiga outings prior to losing the first leg at Bangor University Stadium.
Mika Lehkosuo rested his key figures in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Inter Turku since HJK have a massive eight-point lead at the top of the league standings after 16 rounds of their domestic competition.
The Welsh manager Andy Morrison stated that his team has been dealt the toughest of the draws for the first qualifying round, but he obviously knew how to motivate the pretty limited squad for big things in the first leg.
Connah’s Quay ended the last term of Premier League at the second position with a 21-point deficit to The New Saints at the top of the standings.
HJK vs Connah’s Quay: Head to head
Nathan Woolfe made all the difference netting the only goal of the game to secure Connah’s Quay’s historic Europa League win over the best team in Finland.
HJK vs Connah’s Quay: Prediction
HJK will certainly enter the match in a much stronger fashion because the potential elimination to the Welsh side at this stage of the competition would be a total disaster for Mika Lehkosuo and his men.
We just can’t see the visitors on the scoresheet in the rematch which is why we will take HJK to win to nil at 1/2 as a banker bet with higher stakes.
HJK vs Connah’s Quay: Betting Tips
The top bet is HJK to win to nil at 1/2.
Braver punters can take HJK -2.5 handicap at the odds of 5/4.