HJK vs HIFK
Date: Monday, 31st July 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Telia 5G-Areena (Helsinki).
HJK look to consolidate their position at the top of the league table when welcoming neighbors HIFK on Monday evening.
A 3-1 win against PS Kemi last weekend extended HJK’s lead at the top of Veikkausliiga table to 7 points. They are unbeaten in the last 12 games with 8 wins and 4 draws in the bag.
HJK are the only unbeaten home side in the league. And that too with the mammoth stats of 7 wins and 1 draw, netting 25 goals to 2 conceded.
On the other hand, HIFK are in the relegation zone and need 8 points to move to safety. They narrowly escaped drop last season by finishing 10th and little has changed since then.
HIFK managed just 2 wins from their 18 matches so far this season. Some damage control is done by holding teams to draw in 8 of those matches. Interestingly, 5 of those stalemates came during their 8 away games.
HJK vs HIFK: Head-to-head
Six of the eight Veikkausliiga meetings between the sides ended in draws. The teams share a win from the remaining two.
The first leg clash of this season at HIFK’s home ground was a goal-less draw.
HJK are unbeaten in five home games against HIFK in all competitions. The most recent one was a 4-0 win in the league cup on March 2017.
Both teams have scored in HJK’s three home matches in Veikkausliiga against HIFK.
HJK vs HIFK: Predictions
It is hard for anyone to stop HJK at their own home turf. Boasting an average 3.1 goals per home game, HJK are expected to blow away their struggling neighbors.
HJK vs HIFK: Bet Tips
Our main tip for this match is HT/FT – HJK/HJK, priced at 1.80 by Betway.
A decent alternative is in backing HJK on an Asian Handicap -1.5 for 1.80 odds with Unibet.